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Female suicide bomber was behind deadly Pakistan blast, official says

A young, female suicide bomber was behind a blast in Pakistan that killed at least 46 people and injured 105 others at a food distribution point, an official said Sunday. Zakir Hussain Afridi, the top government official in Bajaur Agency, Pakistan, said that the preliminary investigation into the explosion shows that a woman between the […]

Bank of America stops handling Wikileaks payments

Bank of America has stopped handling payments for whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, joining several other major financial institutions. It said it acted because “Wikileaks may be engaged in activities that are… inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments”. In response, Wikileaks urged its supporters to stop doing business with the bank – one of the […]

Venezuelan lawmakers grant Chavez power to pass laws by decree

Venezuela’s lame-duck National Assembly has granted President Hugo Chavez the power to pass laws by decree for the next 18 months, the website of state-run Venezuelan Television reported Friday. Critics say the 56-year-old president sought the power in order to push his agenda through the legislative body. Elections in September weakened the ruling party’s hold […]

Officials: At least 141 inmates escape from Mexican prison

State and federal authorities in Mexico traded barbs over the escape of 141 inmates from a border city prison as police stepped up security and searched for convicts on the run. The inmates — apparently in collusion with prison workers — escaped through a service entrance for staff vehicles, according to information from a preliminary […]

Spanish authorities arrest 25 suspects in timeshare fraud scam

Spanish authorities have arrested 25 people suspected in a 10 million euro ($13 million) fraud scheme targeting German owners of timeshare vacation property in the Canary Islands, police said Friday. The suspects contacted the timeshare owners, offered lucrative terms to buy their shares and lured the owners into paying what turned out to be non-existent […]

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