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BBC:Pakistan film protests: 19 die in Karachi and Peshawar


Pakistan film protests: 19 die in Karachi and Peshawar

At least 19 people have died as violent protests erupted on the streets of Pakistan's main cities in anger at an anti-Islam film made in the US.

Fourteen people were killed in the port city of Karachi and a further five died in the north-western city of Peshawar, hospital officials said.

Protesters clashed with police outside the diplomatic enclave in the capital, Islamabad, near the US embassy.

There has been widespread unrest over the amateur film, Innocence of Muslims.


BBC:Turkey trial: Three army generals jailed for coup plot

Turkey trial: Three army generals jailed for coup plot

A Turkish court has sentenced three former army generals to 20 years in jail each for plotting a coup.

Nearly 330 other officers - including some senior military figures - were also convicted for their involvement in the plot.

Thirty-four people were acquitted. All the defendants denied the charges.

The officers were accused of plotting to bomb mosques and trying to trigger a war with Greece in order to justify a military coup.  


BBC:Ivory Coast closes Ghana border after deadly attack

Ivory Coast closes Ghana border after deadly attack

Ivory Coast has closed its border with Ghana after several people were killed in an attack on an army checkpoint.

Ivorian Defence Minister Paul Koffi Koffi said "armed elements from Ghana" carried out the attack in the border town of Noe.

At least five attackers died and others fled back over the border, he added.

Ivory Coast has blamed previous attacks on its security forces on supporters of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, some of whom are in exile in Ghana.


BBC:India's Prime Minister Singh defends economic reforms

India's Prime Minister Singh defends economic reforms

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has defended his economic reforms, saying they are necessary to fight an economic slowdown in India.

The reforms include allowing foreign supermarket giants to buy large stakes in India's retail sector.

They have been fiercely opposed by trade unions and prompted coalition ally, the Trinamool Congress party, to resign from government.

Mr Singh said the changes were needed to revive investor confidence.


BBC:Mexico Coahuila inmates fled 'via front door, not tunnel'

Mexico Coahuila inmates fled 'via front door, not tunnel'

The 131 Mexican inmates who fled jail this week escaped through the front door, not a tunnel as was previously reported, local officials say.

The officials in Coahuila state, near the US border, said guards and a drug cartel had helped the inmates.

The prison's director and other officials in the city of Piedras Negras have now been detained.

Monday's jailbreak prompted a massive manhunt. Three of the inmates have now been recaptured.


BBC:Spain gears up for bank bailout by eurozone partners

Spain gears up for bank bailout by eurozone partners

Up to 60bn euros (£48bn; $78bn) will be needed to bail out Spain's banks, according to the country's second biggest lender, BBVA.

The results of independent stress tests of the Spanish banking sector will be published on 28 September.

But previews are already being sent to the country's financial institutions.

The BBC has been told that the Spanish government has already put in place economic reform plans that would allow it to apply for a bailout immediately.


Reuters:Libyans storm Islamist militia base in Benghazi

Libyans storm Islamist militia base in Benghazi

(Reuters) - Pro-government demonstrators stormed the headquarters of the Islamist Ansar al-Sharia group in Benghazi on Friday and evicted fighters from the site in a sweep of militia bases in the Libyan city, Reuters witnesses said.

Militia fighters made a stand at another heavily fortified compound across the eastern city, firing on demonstrators with heavy machine guns and wounding several people, protesters said.

Ansar al-Sharia has been linked to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last week in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died. It denies involvement.

Friday's action against the group appeared to be part of a coordinated sweep of militia headquarters buildings by police, government troops and activists following a mass public demonstration against militia units earlier in the day.


Reuters:U.S. shares end flat as Spain factor fades; oil up

U.S. shares end flat as Spain factor fades; oil up

(Reuters) - Stocks and the euro ended a week of slight moves with limited action on Friday, as a late-day sell-off on Wall Street indicated continued concerns about the economy's growth prospects and Europe's debt crisis.

Equities rose for much of the session on expectations that Spain was taking steps to seek a bailout, helping for a time to quell worries about Europe's lingering debt crisis. The benchmark S&P 500 and the Dow, however, ended the day marginally lower, while the Nasdaq eked out a small gain.

Oil prices rose on supply worries over tensions in the Middle East and delays in North Sea shipments. Brent crude climbed 1.3 percent above $111 a barrel, but still finished posted a drop of 4.5 percent on the week.

The euro rose less than 0.1 percent against the dollar. Volume was thin ahead of the weekend and the expiration of options contracts contributed to the late-day volatility.


Reuters:Russia's Medvedev offers rare criticism for Putin

Russia's Medvedev offers rare criticism for Putin

(Reuters) - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev offered rare criticism of President Vladimir Putin's methods of dealing with business leaders on Friday, heightening speculation of a growing rift between Russia's top two rulers.

Medvedev spoke a few days after Putin issued a stinging rebuke of his former protege's government by accusing cabinet ministers of failing to act on his orders and criticizing its fiscal plans.

In a speech at a showcase business forum in the Black Sea city of Sochi, Medvedev referred to an incident in 2008 when Putin, then serving as prime minister, promised to "send a doctor and a prosecutor" to the billionaire owner of steel and coal producer Mechel who had been unable to attend an industry meeting because of illness.

The comments directed toward Igor Zyuzin came to be known as one of Putin's harshest attacks ever on a powerful business figure and caused the company's stock to plummet.


Reuters:BASIC group calls for adoption of "Kyoto 2" in Doha

BASIC group calls for adoption of "Kyoto 2" in Doha

(Reuters) - Ministers from Brazil, India, China and South Africa called for an extension of the Kyoto Protocol, the world's only treaty that forces countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions, which expires at the end of the year.

The emerging economies, who form the BASIC bloc, met in Brazil's capital Brasilia on Thursday and Friday to discuss their common negotiating position for the upcoming climate talks in Doha, Qatar, in November.

They said a new Kyoto commitment period should start on January 1 and that a decision on the treaty's fate should be "a key deliverable for Doha and an essential basis for ambition within the regime."

The EU and poorer nations have said they want to extend the treaty, which set binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community, but still remain split over how to do so.


Reuters:China says Japan ties anniversary ruined by island row

China says Japan ties anniversary ruined by island row

(Reuters) - Next week's 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between China and Japan has been ruined by Japan's decision to buy a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

A flare-up in a diplomatic row over the uninhabited islands, called Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan, has triggered mass protests in China and heightened maritime tension as Chinese boats approached waters claimed by Japan.

"Previously, all concerned in China and Japan hoped that through this (anniversary) they could further advance relations between China and Japan," ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing.

"But due to Japan's erroneous action of illegally buying the Diaoyu islands, many plans have been ruined, and currently many activities have been affected. The culpability lies entirely with Japan."


Reuters:Mexico jobless rate rises more than expected in August

Mexico jobless rate rises more than expected in August

(Reuters) - Mexico's jobless rate rose in August, breaking a five-month streak of declines and adding to expectations of a deceleration in Latin America's second-largest economy in the second half of 2012.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.93 percent in August, the national statistics agency said on Friday, above the 4.80 percent expected in a Reuters poll.

July's upwardly revised 4.79 percent unemployment rate was the lowest in almost a year.

The jobless rate still remains well above levels seen before the 2008-2009 recession and economists said it showed there was little chance of home-grown pressure on inflation, which is running at its highest in more than two years.


CNET:Twitter CEO: Soon, you can download all your tweets

Twitter CEO: Soon, you can download all your tweets

 Twitter users should be able to download their entire archive of tweets by year's end, the company's CEO, Dick Costolo said today.

During a keynote conversation at the Online News Association conference in San Francisco, Costolo told interviewer Emily Bell of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism that Twitter expects to provide its users by the end of the year with one of the most-desired capabilities of all -- being able to download their entire tweet history.

"The caveat is that this is the CEO saying this," Costolo joked, "not the engineer who's building this....[But it's] a priority we absolutely want to have out by the end of the year."

That news will certainly make a lot of Twitter users happy. But Costolo's comments on the growing discontent among developers and why Twitter is making the changes that rankle them may ultimately be far more important.  

 
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