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Unite! A woman holds a flag during a protest against the global financial system outside St Paul's Cathedral

Protesters inspired by the growing 'Occupy Wall Street' movement in the U.S have today taken over the City of London.Thousands have descended on the area known as the Square Mile - under the banner 'Occupy the Stock Exchange' - for a 'peaceful protest' against the global financial system.

Libyan government steps up security after clashes in capital

Libya's new government increased security in Tripoli Saturday with extra roadblocks and house-to-house searches after fighting in the capital with supporters of Muammar Gaddafi raised fears of another insurgency.

Syrian forces fire at mourners, battle defectors

Syrian security forces shot dead three mourners and injured 20 on Saturday when they fired on a protester funeral procession in central Damascus while troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fought army defectors west of the capital, witnesses said.

White House Draws Closer To Occupy Wall Street, Says Obama Is Fighting For The Interests Of The 99%

The White House continued its embrace of the Occupy Wall Street protests on Sunday, using the strongest terms yet to identify President Barack Obama with the growing movement.

Rome counts costs of worst street violence in years

Rome's worst street violence in years injured 135 people and caused damage of one million euros ($1.4 million) to public property, officials said on Sunday, as the clashes ignited a political row.

Disabled adults found captive in Philadelphia basement

Three people were charged on Sunday with holding four mentally handicapped adults captive in a filthy Philadelphia basement, and two of the victims may have been held for as long as 11 years, authorities said.

FBI investigates newborn death on cruise ship

The FBI picked up the investigation of a dead newborn found on a cruise ship that returned to Port Canaveral on Saturday. On Wednesday, a Carnival Dream employee discovered the deceased newborn in a guest cabin, according to a Carnival Cruise Line release.

Israel divided over price of freedom for captive soldier Gilad Shalit

Fresh lilies are regularly laid at a monument by the Tel Aviv Dolphinarium bearing witness to an evening in 2001 when 21 Israeli teenagers were killed while queuing outside a nightclub. Another 132 were injured in the attack by Saeed Hotari, a young Palestinian suicide bomber affiliated with Hamas. But last week flowers arrived more in protest than in sorrow. Husam Badran, the former head of Hamas's military wing in the West Bank and instigator of the Dolphinarium attack, is expected to be among 477 Palestinian prisoners released on Tuesday in a deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. A further 550 will be freed within two months.

Pope wheeled up St Peter's instead of walking

Philip Pullella Reuters 10/18/2011
Pope wheeled up St Peter's instead of walking

Pope Benedict was wheeled up the main aisle of St Peter's Basilica on a mobile platform at a ceremony on Sunday to spare him the unnecessary fatigue of walking, but the Vatican said there was no concern for his overall health.

Saudi king hospitalised for new back operation

Saudi King Abdullah was hospitalised for a new back surgery in Riyadh, following two similar operations last year in the United States, the SPA news agency early Monday.

Iran demands access to accused US plotter

Iran demanded consular access on Sunday to a man held in the United States over a suspected plot to kill the Saudi ambassador and vowed to respond robustly to any "inappropriate measure" by the West.

"Grenade-walking" part of US "Gunwalker" scandal

There's a new twist in the government's "gunwalking" scandal involving an even more dangerous weapon: grenades.

Some U.S. officials question response to Iran plot

Mark Hosenball and Caren Bohan Reuters 10/16/2011
McDonald's Cashier Seen Beating Female Patrons With Metal Rod In Harrowing Video

In a scary confrontation filmed by a diner, a cashier at a McDonald’s in Manhattan can be seen beating two female customers with a metal rod after the duo jumped the counter during a dispute early yesterday morning.

Some U.S. officials question response to Iran plot

While President Barack Obama and top aides have been united this week in grave warnings over an alleged Iranian assassination plot, some U.S. government officials are privately expressing disquiet that the outlandish-sounding plan has triggered U.S. calls for stiff new action against Iran.

Saudis say Iran must 'pay the price' for alleged plot as US resists retaliation

Ewen MacAskill and Saeed Kamali Dehghan The Guardian 10/13/2011
Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi wins confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has won a key confidence vote in parliament, sparked by questions over his handling of the economy and personal scandals.

Manssor Arbabsiar, an American-Iranian, is alleged to have sought the help of a Mexican drugs cartel, Zetas, to provide explosives and carry out the attack.

The Saudi Arabian government has issued a menacing warning to Iran that it will have to "pay the price" for the alleged plot to hire a Mexican drugs cartel to assassinate its ambassador in Washington.

Smuggled Libyan weapons flood into Egypt

Leila Fadel The Washington Post 10/13/2011
Smuggled Libyan weapons flood into Egypt

Large caches of weapons from Libya are making their way across the Egyptian border and flooding black markets in Egypt’s already unstable Sinai Peninsula, according to current and former Egyptian military officials and arms traders in the Sinai.

US Interior Secretary urges more Latino-themed national parks, sites

With the nation’s Latino population booming and now the country’s largest minority group, the Obama administration’s top Hispanic official is concerned that the federal government is not giving enough attention to Hispanic history and culture.

Arrests ... Police commissioner Augustine Chihuri

DETECTIVES investigating a spate of kidnappings and sex attacks on male hitchhikers by female rapists have made three arrests.


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