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Hong Kong Dismantles Pro-Democracy Protest Camp

Hong Kong protest site clearedHong Kong workers cleared large parts of the main pro-democracy protest site near the heart of the financial center on Thursday, marking an end to more than two months of street demonstrations that have choked parts of the Chinese-controlled city.

The mainly peaceful protests to demand free elections have represented one of the most serious challenges to China's authority since the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations and bloody crackdown in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

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FBI investigation into ex-US diplomat casts cloud over relations with Pakistan

Robin RaphaelA high-flying US diplomat betraying her country to spy for Pakistan may sound like an outlandish plotline of the spy drama Homeland, but in recent weeks that real life allegation has added extra intrigue to the volatile relationship between the two supposedly allied countries.

The news that a former US ambassador called Robin Raphel has been the subject of an FBI counter-intelligence investigation shocked the foreign policy establishments of both Washington and Islamabad when it was reported last month.

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CIA Made False Claims Torture Prevented Heathrow Attacks

CIA false claims The Central Intelligence Agency repeatedly and falsely claimed that its use of torture had enabled it to stop attacks on London’s Heathrow Airport and Canary Wharf, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The report into “enhanced interrogation techniques” published in Washington yesterday said that “thwarting of the Heathrow Airport and Canary Wharf plotting is one of the eight most frequently cited examples” that the agency gave to justify torture. In reality, neither plot was advanced, and both had been effectively disrupted when the people the CIA tortured for the information were captured.

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Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Peace PrizeMalala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, activists for children's rights, shared the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday at an Oslo, Norway, ceremony.

"We need people like Satyarthi and Yousafzai to show that it helps to fight," said Thorbjorn Jagland of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. Dignitaries from around the world, royalty, political leaders and some of Yousafzai's teenage friends were present, and stood to offer sustained applause when the prizes were awarded.

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Palestinian cabinet minister Ziad Abu Ein dies after 'clash with Israeli forces'

Ziad Sbu AinAbu Ein, a minister without portfolio in his early 50s, was rushed by ambulance from the scene, but died before reaching hospital in the nearby Palestinian city of Ramallah.

In a statement, Abbas called the death "a barbaric act which we cannot be silent about or accept". Announcing three days of national mourning, he said he would take "necessary steps" after an investigation.

A spokesperson for the Israeli military said it was looking into the incident.

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Serge Lazarevic, French Hostage Held By Al Qaeda In Africa, Is Released

Serge LzlarevicA Frenchman held for more than three years by al-Qaida's North African branch was freed Tuesday, days after two of the men implicated in his abduction were reportedly released from a prison in Mali.

Negotiations among the governments of Niger, Mali and France led to freedom for Serge Lazarevic, 51, who was described by the French president as in "relatively good health" despite his long captivity.

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Israel indicts American over plot to bomb Muslims

adam everett livixAn Israeli court has indicted an American Christian for plotting to blow up Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, the Justice Ministry said Tuesday.  The ministry identified the man as Adam Everett Livix of Texas. It said he was indicted Monday and was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

In a statement, the ministry said Livix told friends he had strong anti-Arab sentiments. The ministry said Livix later cooperated with his roommate, a serving soldier in the Israeli military, to obtain 1.4 kilograms (3 pounds) of explosive material to use to blow up the unidentified Jerusalem holy sites. The ministry said police discovered the plot in October.

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