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Saudi Arabia listed the Muslim Brotherhood and two Syrian jihadist groups as terrorist organisations Friday, and ordered citizens fighting abroad to return home within 15 days or face imprisonment. The move represents a major escalation against the Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and indicates rising concern in Riyadh over the potential risks to domestic security of Saudi extremists fighting in Syria. Riyadh staunchly supports Sunni-led rebels battling to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but has long feared blowback from radical jihadist groups, particularly after a spate of attacks by a local Al-Qaeda franchise from 2003 to 2006. Friday's move comes two days after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their ambassadors from Qatar, which supports Islamists groups in the region and was a backer of the Brotherhood.
President Ricardo Martinelli warned Venezuela Friday that its decision to break off relations with Panama should not be used as an excuse to renege on its more than $1 billion debt. "I don't want to think that this is an excuse not to pay and that the Venezuelan state is a deadbeat," he told reporters. Venezuela on Thursday ordered the expulsion of Panama's ambassador and three other diplomats. At least 20 people have been killed in more than a month of anti-government protests in Venezuela that President Nicolas Maduro blames on a US-backed "fascist" plot.
A Turkish court on Friday ordered the immediate release of ex-military chief Ilker Basbug who was sentenced to life in prison last year for plotting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government, his lawyer said. The decision came a day after Turkey's top Constitutional Court ruled that Basbug's legal rights had been violated, saying that a lower court had failed to publish its detailed verdict on the case and send it to the appeals court. "This verdict is significant," Basbug's lawyer Ilkay Sezer told reporters. Basbug, who led the army between 2008 and 2010, has been held at the high-security Silivri prison near Istanbul for more than two years.
SEATTLE (AP) — A gay vice principal who was forced from his job at Eastside Catholic School has filed a lawsuit against the school and the Seattle Archdiocese.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The elder brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Friday he dropped out of the country's April 5 presidential election to leave the field open to a candidate that he hoped would steer the nation through a "dignified" transition.
NEW YORK (AP) — An ex-madam who ran against former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the race for New York City comptroller last year has pleaded guilty to selling sleeping pills and muscle relaxants illegally.
TOKYO (AP) — North Korean voters will make a choice Sunday when they elect a new national legislature, but not for a candidate. The ruling elite have already done that for them, and there's only one per district. They get to vote "yes" or "no." Virtually all pick "yes."
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has questioned the viability of a prosecution against a man accused of illegally building hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers under what had been a secret contract with the Navy Seals.
Consumers increased their borrowing in January on autos and student loans but cut back on their credit card use. The Federal Reserve says consumer borrowing rose $13.7 billion in January following an even ...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared Friday that achieving equality for women and girls is "the great unfinished business of the 21st century."
HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu courtroom is set to become the scene of a death penalty trial even though Hawaii abolished capital punishment in 1957.
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An international tech consulting firm confirmed Friday the federal government is investigating its use of U.S. visas to bring in foreign workers.
VANCOUVER/NEW DELHI, March 7 (Reuters) - Petronas' plan to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on Canada's Pacific coast edged closer to reality on Friday, as the Malaysian energy giant secured a third equity and offtake partner for the massive gas export project. Petronas said it would sell state-owned refiner Indian Oil Corp (IOC) a 10 percent stake in its Pacific NorthWest LNG project, along with a 10 percent stake in the northern British Columbia shale gas assets that will feed the LNG facility. India's largest oil refiner also agreed to an offtake deal for 1.2 million tonnes of LNG each year, or about 10 percent of the project's annual exports. Petronas' Pacific NorthWest project is just one of about a dozen LNG terminals proposed for British Columbia's rugged Pacific coast, as top global energy firms scramble to build the facilities to export cheap Canadian gas to hungry Asian markets.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and his rookie partner was critically injured Friday when their patrol car collided with a big rig on a residential street. The truck driver also was injured.
Anti-Russian Ukrainian rally outside the Russian Embassy in Kiev on Friday while top Russian lawmakers welcome a Crimean delegation at the Parliament with the prospect of joining the country. Duration: 00:40
Offering free contraception to women and teenage girls does not cause them to increase their risky sexual behavior over time, a new study suggests. Researchers found that after receiving free birth control, most women reported no change in their number of sexual partners, and only a modest increase in sex frequency, from an average of four times a month before getting free birth control to six times a month after receiving it. "We didn't see women engage in multiple sex partners after providing them with no-cost contraception," said Gina Secura, project director of the Contraceptive CHOICE Project and the study's lead author. Moreover, there was no increase in sexually transmitted infections among the women who received free contraception, said Secura, who is also an epidemiologist in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
By Peter Apps and Jim Finkle LONDON/BOSTON (Reuters) - A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date. Several security researchers and Western intelligence officers say they believe the malware, widely known as Turla, is the work of the Russian government and linked to the same software used to launch a massive breach on the U.S. military uncovered in 2008.
Russia does not want a new Cold War, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Friday, as tensions rose over Russian-backed demands by Crimea to secede from Ukraine. Dmitry Peskov was asked on a chat show on state television whether he could foresee a return to the clash of ideologies that polarised the world between 1945 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. And I would like to believe that it will not start." Peskov, Putin's official mouthpiece, was speaking after both houses of Russia's parliament endorsed calls by Crimean lawmakers for their peninsula to sever ties with Ukraine and join Russia. His comments also came after Russia's state-run gas giant Gazprom ratcheted up the pressure on Kiev, saying it would cut off supplies if a $1.89 billion gas bill is not paid, in a move widely interpreted as having Kremlin backing.
Frustrated and angry, more than 100 cabbies pulled up outside the Colorado Statehouse early this legislative session to protest tech startups known as ridesharing services. The taxi drivers say the emerging ...