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Egypt court drops charges against Mubarak

Mubarak murder charges droppedAn Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed criminal charges against former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign.

Mubarak, 86, was also acquitted of corruption charges that he faced along with his sons Alaa and Gamal.  Mubarak was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2012, but the verdict was overturned on appeal the following year.

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Terrorists attack China's Xinjiang region, despite stronger security

Terorist attack in ChinaFifteen more people have died in a terrorist attack in China’s rebellious Xinjiang region, state media reported Saturday, despite Beijing’s recent efforts to beef up security in this far-west part of the country.

According to China’s Xinhua news service, 11 of the dead were “mobsters” who tossed explosive devices and attacked civilians with knives on a food market street in Shache County, south of Kashgar, at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Police on patrol nearby killed the 11 attackers, said Xinhua, and 14 people were injured.

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Nigeria unrest: Kano mosque attack kills dozens

Nigeria osque attackDozens have been killed in a gun and bomb attack during prayers at one of the biggest mosques in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, officials say.

Many more people have been hurt, with one rescue official putting casualty figures at almost 400. The Central Mosque is where the influential Muslim leader, the Emir of Kano, usually leads prayers.

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Italian man seriously wounded at West Bank protest

Italian man shot on west bankAn Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank on Friday was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces, a Palestinian hospital official said.

Ramallah Hospital director Ahmad Bitawi says 30-year-old Patrick Corsi was shot during a peaceful protest Friday in the village of Kufr Qadom, near Nablus. He described Corsi's condition as stable.

Village resident Khaldon Ishtawi said Israeli soldiers opened fire without provocation on about 400 protesters from a distance of about 40 meters (130 feet) and shot Corsi in the chest.

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Suicide bomber kills five in attack on British embassy car in Kabul

Suicide bomber attacks British Embassy vehicleA suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing five people including one Briton, officials said.

The blast in the east of Kabul wounded 33 people, including many bystanders, the latest in a wave of bombings to hit the city as the majority of foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year.

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European Parliament votes to break up Google

GoogleThe European Parliament, in a symbolic and non-binding vote Thursday, approved a resolution calling for the breakup of Google Inc. into separate companies.

The vote, 384-174 with 56 abstentions, part of a larger resolution and carrying no legal power, represents resentment over Google's power in Europe. The California-based Internet search company has about a 90 percent market share in Europe, a higher percentage than in the United States, and is suspected of favoring its own advertisers and services when presenting search results.

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Ship with 700 migrants safely towed to Greek coast

700 migrants towed to greeceA smuggling ship carrying more than 700 men, women and children that broke down in gale-force winds while trying to reach Europe was towed Thursday to the Greek island of Crete.

The 77-meter (250-foot) cargo ship appeared off the coastal town of Ierapetra around sunrise Thursday, still tethered to the Greek navy frigate that has been towing it for a day and a half.

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