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U.S. denies Russia request for convicted arms dealer Bout

(Reuters) – The United States has refused a request from Russia that convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout be returned to his home country to spend the remainder of his 25-year prison term, a Russian Foreign Ministry official said on Saturday. Bout, 54, was sentenced in April after a Manhattan federal court trial jury convicted him on charges that he agreed ...

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Some 11,000 people flee Syria in 24-hour period

As many as 11,000 people fled Syria in 24 hours, some of them desperately clambering through a razor-wire fence into Turkey on Friday to escape fierce fighting between rebels and government forces for control of a border town. The exodus is a sign of the escalating ferocity of the violence, which has killed more than 36,000 people since March 2011. ...

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Lockheed Martin ousts CEO-to-be over relationship

BETHESDA, Md. — Lockheed Martin Corp. has ousted its president and future CEO over a relationship with a subordinate. The defense company said Friday that its board of directors asked for and received the resignation of Christopher Kubasik from his role as vice chairman, president and chief operating…

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World news briefs: 11/10/12

Harsh penalty for activist MOSCOW — A participant in a May 6 anti-Putin demonstration was sentenced Friday to four and a half years in a prison colony for fighting with riot police officers in the first adjudication of 18 similar cases that have sent a shudder through the city's new ranks of middle-class political activists. The defendant, Maksim Luzyanin, was ...

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Pentagon releases Benghazi timeline, defends response

Pentagon leaders knew of the Sept. 11 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi an hour after it began, but were unable to mobilise reinforcements based in Europe in time to prevent the death of the US ambassador, according to a timeline released on Friday. Senior defence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, rejected criticism accusing the Pentagon of failing ...

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16 inmates killed in Sri Lanka prison shootout

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A shootout between rioting prisoners and security forces at a prison in Sri Lanka’s capital killed at least 16 inmates, while police said Saturday that they arrested five prisoners who had managed to escape. Another 42 people were wounded in the shootout Friday between inmates and army and police commandos ...

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Bradley Manning ‘offers guilty plea’ in Wikileaks case

The alleged source of the Wikileaks revelations has offered to plead guilty to lesser offences than those with which he is charged, says his lawyer. US Army Private Bradley Manning faces a life sentence if found guilty at his Maryland court martial of aiding the enemy – one of 22 charges he faces. His lawyer David Coombs made the offer ...

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Report: China, India to Overtake U.S. Economy

Our children and grandchildren will live in a vastly different global economy China and India have ramped up investment in public education, increasing high school attendance and graduation rates. Someday, U.S. economic dominance will be a distant memory. A new report is showing just how soon that might be. The paper, from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a ...

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Norwegian killer complains of prison conditions

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who is serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage last year, has complained that he is being held in inhumane conditions and is being denied freedom of expression, his lawyer said Friday. “He has written a long complaint that he is being held ...

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