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BBC:Libya: White House dashes rebel hopes of recognition

Libya: White House dashes rebel hopes of recognition

The US has stopped short of recognising Libya's National Transitional Council as the country's legitimate government.

The statement comes after the first visit to the White House by a senior member of the rebel council, which is pushing for international support.

Earlier, Col Muammar Gaddafi taunted Nato troops in an audio message on state TV, saying he was a place where they "cannot reach" him.

State media says 11 Muslim clerics have been killed in a Nato air strike.

BBC:Pakistan bombings: Taliban admits Shabqadar attacks

Pakistan bombings: Taliban admits Shabqadar attacks

Twin bomb attacks on a paramilitary force academy in north-west Pakistan have killed 80 people, police say.

At least 120 people were wounded in the blasts at the training centre for the Frontier Constabulary in Shabqadar, Charsadda district.

After early suspicions that one of the bombs was planted, police said both blasts were suicide attacks.

The Pakistani Taliban said they carried out the attack to avenge the death of Osama Bin Laden earlier this month.

BBC:Syria protests: 'Six killed' in Homs after prayers

Syria protests: 'Six killed' in Homs after prayers

At least six people have been killed as thousands attended anti-government protests across Syria after Friday prayers, human rights activists say.

Three died in the country's third largest city, Homs, when security forces opened fire on demonstrators.

Two were killed in a northern suburb of the capital, Damascus, and another died in a village near Deraa in the south.

Earlier, an opposition leader said President Bashar al-Assad had promised troops would not fire on protesters.

BBC:George Mitchell resigns as US envoy to Middle East

George Mitchell resigns as US envoy to Middle East

US envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell is resigning after two years in the role, the White House says.

Mr Mitchell, a former senator and broker of the peace deal in Northern Ireland, is stepping down for personal reasons, the Associated Press reported.

He has shuttled between the Israelis and Palestinians trying to bring the two sides together for peace talks.

US President Barack Obama said Mr Mitchell had "contributed immeasurably" to the peace process.

BBC:Grieving Spain mourns Lorca earthquake victims

Grieving Spain mourns Lorca earthquake victims

The earthquake-stricken Spanish town of Lorca has held a funeral Mass for victims of Wednesday's disaster.

Nine people were killed when a magnitude-5.1 quake struck the town, just two hours after one measuring 4.4.

Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Crown Prince Felipe and his wife were among hundreds attending the Mass in a large hangar-like structure.

Thousands of buildings in the historic town have been damaged or destroyed and many residents have left.

BBC:Egypt: Suzanne Mubarak detained in corruption probe

Egypt: Suzanne Mubarak detained in corruption probe

The wife of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been detained for 15 days pending further investigations into corruption allegations.

The 70-year-old was later moved to an intensive care unit in Sharm el-Sheikh hospital after suffering what officials said was a suspected heart attack.

Mr Mubarak stepped down in February after weeks of protests.

He and Mrs Mubarak have been questioned over allegations of "illegal acquisition of wealth".

Reuters:FBI probing ex-SEC official on Stanford matter

FBI probing ex-SEC official on Stanford matter

(Reuters) - Federal criminal authorities are investigating whether a former U.S. securities regulator inappropriately represented alleged fraudster Allen Stanford after he left the agency in 2005.

Spencer Barasch, former head of enforcement for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Fort Worth, Texas, is being probed by the U.S. Attorney's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation, SEC enforcement director Robert Khuzami and SEC Inspector General David Kotz told lawmakers on Friday.

The criminal probe follows SEC internal findings that Barasch made numerous requests after he left the SEC to represent Stanford and was turned down each time.

Barasch persisted in his requests even though he directly dealt with Stanford matters while at the SEC and was partly responsible for ignoring repeated red flags SEC examiners raised about Stanford as early as 1997, Kotz found in a 2010 report. He later eventually did provide some legal counsel to Stanford in 2006, the report found.

Reuters:A storm gathers over equities markets

A storm gathers over equities markets

(Reuters) - The big money is calling a halt to the surge in stock prices.

Declines in oil and metals prices are being seen by an increasing number of fund managers and strategists as a signal to get out of riskier areas of the equity market. And that means avoiding things like Chinese IPOs and sticking to the boring stuff, like utilities.

The growing concern is that stocks had priced in an overly optimistic economic path, and the recent breakdown in commodities and shift in equities to safer industries like health care suggest a reckoning in coming months.

Ken Fisher, founder of Fisher Investments which manages about $38 billion in equities. is among those concerned many investors have become overconfident.

Reuters:Libyan TV carries audio of Gaddafi taunting NATO

Libyan TV carries audio of Gaddafi taunting NATO

(Reuters) - Libyan state television carried brief audio tape remarks it said were by Muammar Gaddafi in which he taunted NATO as a cowardly crusader whose bombs could not kill him.

The comments were aired Friday after Italy's foreign minister said Gaddafi had very likely left the Libyan capital and probably been wounded by NATO air strikes, an account Tripoli dismissed.

"I tell the cowardly crusader (NATO) that I live in a place they cannot reach and where you cannot kill me," said the man on the audio tape, whose voice sounded like Gaddafi's.

"Even if you kill the body you will not be able to kill the soul that lives in the hearts of millions," he said, adding he had received a "massive" number of calls after a NATO air strike on his Bab al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli Thursday.

Reuters:China and U.S. grapple with military mistrust

China and U.S. grapple with military mistrust

(Reuters) - The Pentagon next week hosts the highest-level Chinese military visit to the United States since Beijing severed ties between the two armed forces in early 2010 in protest over a $6.3 billion U.S. arms deal with Taiwan.

The visit by the General Chen Bingde, chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army, and seven other generals comes amid warming Sino-U.S. ties following President Hu Jintao's first state visit to the United States in January, U.S. military officials said.

In addition to meeting his U.S. counterpart, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chen will visit Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of Congress and will speak at the National Defense University on the bilateral military relations.

Officials hope the visit will begin to turn around a relationship that in recent years often has been overshadowed by tensions caused by U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion.

Reuters:6.0 magnitude quake hits near Costa Rica capital

6.0 magnitude quake hits near Costa Rica capital

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 hit Costa Rica on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The quake was centered about 16 miles west of the capital city of San Jose at a depth of 43 miles.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from a Reuters witness.

Reuters:Respect. Empower. Include. Win" is motto at Obama campaign

Respect. Empower. Include. Win" is motto at Obama campaign

(Reuters) - The sign at the entrance to President Barack Obama's new 2012 campaign headquarters says: "Respect. Empower. Include. Win."

A swarm of reporters got a sneak peak at the Obama's headquarters on Thursday at a downtown Chicago office building.

The 50,000 square-foot space occupying a full floor of the building, is mostly open except for rows of tables sparsely populated by roughly 50 staffers and volunteers.

The number of campaign operatives will be increased during Obama's re-election bid and Campaign Manager Jim Messina and other operatives said the space's organization reflects Obama's grassroots campaign style, which is open and inclusive.

IB Times:Record Companies to Receive $105 million from LimeWire, Suit Settled

Record Companies to Receive $105 million from LimeWire, Suit Settled

LimeWire will pay $105 million to 13 record companies for infringing copyrights according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) late Thursday.

Thirteen companies include Arista, Atlantic, BMG Music, Capitol, Elektra, Interscope, Laface, Motown, Priority, Sony BMG, UMG, Virgin and Warner Brothers.

 The settlement amount is significantly less than the $1.4 billion first proposed by the plaintiffs, at $150,000 per infringing song, but it's still among the highest ever paid by a file-sharing company.

A judge had shut down LimeWire service in October 2010 after the court decided that the music-sharing site had helped users pirate licensed music, and settled a separate copyright lawsuit by music publishers back in March -- for which terms were not known publically.

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