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News Headlines of February 17

US Senate votes to extend Patriot Act measures

House extends Patriot Act powers US surveillance extension blocked The US Senate has voted to extend controversial surveillance powers granted by the Patriot Act law, put in place after the 9/11 attacks. By a vote of 86-12,

Plagiarism allegations over German minister’s thesis

DEREK SCALLY in Berlin GERMAN  DEFENCE minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg, the country’s most popular politician, has rejected claims that his doctoral thesis was a work of “brazen plagiarism.

Libya latest casualty of Arab world unrest, protesters target Gaddafi

Hundreds of Libyans calling for the government’s ouster took to the streets early Wednesday in the country’s second-largest city as an Egypt-inspired unrest spread to the country long ruled by Muammar Gaddafi. In a sign that displayed the severity of the unrest that has spread across the Arab world,

Teen Somali pirate sentenced to nearly 34 years

NEW YORK A teenaged Somali pirate captured in a dramatic high seas operation was sentenced by a US court Wednesday to nearly 34 years in prison, despite defense pleas for leniency due to his young age.

Israel warns Iran is preparing to send warships through Suez Canal into the Mediterranean

ISRAEL has warned Iran and its ally Hezbollah not to test it, charging that Tehran was preparing to send warships into the Mediterranean as the Lebanese militia…

Pressure ramps up in Bahrain

Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain’s rulers have held their ground for a third day in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital’s landmark square. The demonstrations have brought unprecedented pressure in one of Washington’s most strategic allies in the Gulf.

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