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Egypt Military Moves to Cement a Muscular Role in Government

CAIRO — The military council governing Egypt is moving to lay down ground rules for a new constitution that would protect and potentially expand its own authority indefinitely, possibly circumscribing the power of future elected officials. Related Egypt Purges Mubarak-Era Police Officers (July 14, 2011) Times Topic: Egypt News — Revolution and Aftermath Moises Saman for The New York Times ...

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Somalia drought: UN delivers aid to Islamist areas

The UN has made its first aid delivery to drought victims in areas of Somalia controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants since they lifted an aid ban. UN children organisation’s Rozanne Chorlton said…

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Speeding up the Afghan pull-out ‘risks UK lives’

David Cameron is today warned not to risk the lives of British soldiers by making an early withdrawal from Afghanistan. The warning comes in a report from the influential House of Commons Defence Committee. Operations in Afghanistan states that pulling out more than a few hundred support troops could undermine the international coalition’s strategy, while dangerously weakening those left behind. ...

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Sovereignty revisited as interventions grow

The Arab Spring (and its troublesome aftermath in Egypt); intervention in Libya; nonintervention in Syria; drone military operations in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia; the influx of unwanted immigrants and walls of exclusion; and selective applications of international criminal law – all draw into question the most basic of all ideas of world order: the sovereignty of territorial states, and limits to that sovereignty. ...

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Rebekah Brooks resigns over UK phone-hacking scandal

Phone hacking scandal forces resignation London (CNN) — Rebekah Brooks, former News of the World editor and chief executive of News International, has resigned in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, News International said Friday. Brooks, who was editor at the time of some of the most serious allegations against the newspaper, has been under pressure to step down ...

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India’s unsolved bombings

New Delhi – A series of bombings. No claim of responsibility. No prime suspects. Wednesday’s explosions in India’s financial capital Mumbai ticked a wearily familiar list of boxes in a country which is no stranger to bombings that go unclaimed and lack any transparent motive. Briefing reporters on Thursday about the investigation, Home Minister P Chidambaram cast the net of ...

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Central Indonesian volcano erupts; residents flee

Tomohon (Indonesia) Jul 15, (AP): Friday, July 15, 2011 –> A volcano in central Indonesia spit lava and smoke high into the air early today, sending thousands of panicked residents racing down its fiery slopes. One woman died of a heart attack as she fled, but no other casualties were reported. Mount Lokon, located in northern Sulawesi…

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Pentagon hit by huge cyber theft

A top Pentagon official has admitted that a massive amount of data related to new defence technologies were stolen earlier this year. “It was 24,000 files, which is a lot, but I don’t think it’s the largest we’ve seen,” William Lynn, the US deputy defence secretary, said on Thursday. Lynn revealed the theft as he…

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Murdochs to face UK government inquiry, FBI to probe News Corp

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch on Thursday caved in to pressure from Britain’s parliament to answer questions over alleged crimes at one of his newspapers and denied that News Corp was drawing up plans to separate its newspaper holdings. Murdoch said News Corp had handled the crisis engulfing his media empire “extremely well in every way possible” making just “minor ...

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