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  • Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

    By Maria Golovnina and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed. Pakistan has been gripped by unrest for more than two weeks, with protest leaders Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri saying they will not back down unless Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. Pakistan's military stepped in this week to try to defuse the unrest. Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million, has been ruled by the military for half of its entire history and has repeatedly oscillated between civilian and military rule.

  • Comedian Tracy Morgan still struggling after crash
    Comedian Tracy Morgan still struggling after crash

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former "Saturday Night Live" actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead.

  • European arrest warrant out for brain tumour boy's parents
    European arrest warrant out for brain tumour boy's parents

    A European arrest warrant was issued Saturday for the parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was snatched from hospital without medical consent. The police said they had "positive information" to suggest that Ashya King and his family could be in Spain, where they have "strong links" to the Marbella area on the south coast. King's parents, who are Jehovah's Witnesses, drove him away from a hospital in Southampton in southern England on Thursday and were seen boarding a ferry to Cherbourg in France. "We have obtained a European arrest warrant," said assistant chief constable Chris Shead from Britain's Hampshire Constabulary.

  • Court: Man can't build road across neighbor's land

    A state appeals court has ruled against a landowner who wanted to access his landlocked property by building a road through a neighbor's land, the latest decision in a long-running dispute about how the ...

  • Pacino does double duty at Venice Film Festival
    Pacino does double duty at Venice Film Festival

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — Al Pacino made two trips up the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, with a pair of movies about aging, regret, giving up and letting go.

  • Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager, Jesse Benton, Resigns
    Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager, Jesse Benton, Resigns

    With just about two months left before election day, Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, resigned right at the start of the holiday weekend. Benton cited concerns that his connection to an Iowa pay-for-play scandal would hurt the senator's reelection bid, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.  In a statement, Benton wrote that "inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors about me and my role in past campaigns that are politically motivated, unfair and, most importantly, untrue" and "risk unfairly undermining and becoming a distraction to this reelection campaign." As The New York Times reported earlier this week, former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson pled guilty this week to taking bribes to switch his endorsement from Rep. Michele Bachmann to Paul.

  • Saudi king warns of terrorism threat to U.S., Europe

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East, the Saudi state news agency reported late on Friday. "I ask you to convey this message to your leaders... Terrorism at this time is an evil force that must be fought with wisdom and speed," said King Abdullah. "And if neglected I'm sure after a month it will arrive in Europe and a month after that in America." The world's top oil exporter shares an 800-km (500-mile) border with Iraq, where Islamic State militants and other Sunni Islamist groups have seized towns and cities. Britain raised its terrorism alert on Friday and Prime Minister David Cameron said Islamic State posed the greatest ever security risk to the country.

  • Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says
    Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel.

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