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Saddam-era fugitive’s armed group fighting alongside militants in Iraq, officials say

Signs are emerging that a top fugitive and other military officers from ousted dictator Saddam Hussein's regime are backing Al Qaeda-inspired militants in Iraq, who vowed Thursday to march against Baghdad after seizing two key northern cities.<p>Two senior intelligence officials told The Associated …

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'Jersey Boys' weigh in on how they stack up against The Beatles, KISS - TODAY.com

The Four Seasons are one of the most notable foursomes in music, and they're the centerpiece behind the new movie "Jersey Boys." But how do they stack up against other famous foursomes?<p>Closed Captioning<p>ON<p>OFF<p>apply | reset x<p>font<p>size<p>color<p>'Jersey Boys' cast: We could play KISS<p>Play Video - 1:40<p>Play …

Massive manhunt under way for Quebec inmates who escaped using helicopter

It took less than a minute.<p>A helicopter descended out of the evening sky into the middle of a prison yard. Three inmates jumped aboard and before anyone could stop it, the helicopter was airborne again, last seen taking the escapees somewhere to the west of the Quebec provincial prison in …

Modern prisons designed to prevent helicopter jailbreaks, expert says

Two brazen jailbreaks from Quebec correctional facilities involving the use of helicopters may have shocked everyday Canadians, but security experts say such daring escapes have been dictating Canadian prison designs for years.<p>Contemporary prisons have safeguards built into both their architectural …

Qatar may prove comfortable quarters for released Guantanamo detainees

On a weekend night you can't escape the roar of race car engines along the coastal roads here in the Qatari capital. It must be a bit of a culture shock for the five Taliban detainees sprung from Guantanamo Bay last week in exchange for the freedom of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.<p>There has been an outcry …

Quebec sees second jailbreak involving helicopter

Three inmates have escaped from a detention center in Quebec City with the help of a helicopter, police said late Saturday.<p>It's the second helicopter-aided inmate escape in Quebec province in two years.<p>Provincial police said the helicopter headed west from the Orsainville Detention Center after the …

Director Michael Moore enmeshed in vicious divorce

“Fahrenheit 9/11” director Michael Moore plans to bring his superagents, Ari Emanuel and Mort Janklow, into a Michigan courtroom to help in his divorce reports The New York Post.<p>Emanuel is the William Morris Endeavor chief who inspired the Ari Gold character in “Entourage.” Janklow is the literary …

Bergdahl platoon medic says captured soldier deserted his post, 'not a hero'

A member of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon in Afghanistan said Sunday the former Taliban prisoner deserted his post before being captured and fired back against Obama administration arguments that only Bergdahl knows exactly what happened.<p>“After Bowe Bergdahl purposely and willfully walked away, …

Palestinians form consensus government

<b>Ramallah, occupied West Bank -</b> Fatah and Hamas have unveiled a government of national consensus that will pave the way for elections for a new Palestinian president and parliament.<p>The government of 17 politically-independent members, agreed on Monday, is already being put to the test, as Israel …

Venezuela protest leader 'denied jail visits'

The wife of Venezuelan protest leader Leopoldo Lopez, who is being held alone in a small cell at a military jail, says her husband had not been allowed visitation rights for three weeks.<p>Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori, 36, told the media she was also denied access to a courthouse on Monday for her …

Pakistan's Altaf Hussain arrested in UK

A Pakistani political leader has been arrested in London and taken into custody on suspicion of money laundering, Al Jazeera has learned.<p>A representative of the MQM party confirmed that its party chief Altaf Hussain, 60, was arrested on Tuesday by Metropolitan Police at his home in northwest London.<p>…

Indian minister killed in car crash

A newly appointed Indian government minister has been killed in a traffic accident, just eight days after taking office.<p>Gopinath Munde, the rural development minister, died on Tuesday following a collision in the Indian capital New Delhi, depriving Narendra Modi, the prime minister, of a senior …

Israel decries US support for Palestinians

Israel's prime minister has said that he is "deeply troubled" by the United States' decision to maintain relations with the new Palestinian unity government, urging Washington to tell the Palestinian president that his alliance with Hamas is unacceptable.<p>Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments on Tuesday …

Nigeria police say no schoolgirls protest ban

Nigerian police said protesters were free to march in the capital Abuja, after an uproar over comments by the police commissioner in which he appeared to ban demonstrations over 223 schoolgirls kidnapped by rebels and still missing.<p>Joseph Mbu made a statement on Monday which forbade protests on the …

NSA whistleblower Snowden seeks Brazil asylum

Edward Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor turned whistleblower, has said he has requested asylum in Brazil, in an interview with journalists from the country.<p>Appearing on Brazil's Globo <i></i>TV channel on Sunday, Snowden said he would not exchange information in return for asylum.<p>"I already …

Generals found 'guilty of aiding Boko Haram'

Ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram, several Nigerian newspapers have said, though the military denied the sentences.<p>The reports follows months of allegations from politicians and soldiers who …

Bomber targets renegade Libyan general

Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar said he had been briefly treated in hospital after suffering minor injuries in an assassination attempt.<p>"I am well," he told Libya's Al Oula television station. "There will be a strong response."<p>A suicide bomber earlier on Wednesday blew up a jeep loaded with …

Child born to couple held in Afghanistan

Two videos have been released by the family of a US woman, missing in Afghanistan along with her Canadian husband since 2012, in which the couple say they are now parents and call on Washington to help free them from the Taliban.<p>The pair, who were expecting their first child, crossed into …

Court orders arrest of ex-Pakistan CIA chief

Islamabad's High Court has ordered police to press charges against the CIA's former station chief for murder, conspiracy and waging war against Pakistan.<p>Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued the orders on Thursday following a 2010 court petition by drone activist Kareem Khan, whose brother and teenage …

China sentences nine to death in Xinjiang

Authorities in China's restive Xinjiang region have sentenced nine people to death for "violent terrorism" crimes, state media reported, as part of a nation-wide crackdown on alleged separatist groups.<p>The announcement comes as state news portal Xinjiang Net reported on Thursday that another 29 …

Egypt case against Al Jazeera staff slammed | Egypt News | Al Jazeera

Lawyers for three Al Jazeera journalists held in Egypt have called their trial a show and said prosecutors had failed to prove any of their reporting was biased or that they aided the Muslim Brotherhood.<p>The defence on Thursday continued its case for Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy, …

Dozens killed in fresh Nigeria attack

Forty-five people were killed by suspected Boko Haram gunmen pretending to be preachers in a village near the group's spiritual home in northeast Nigeria, two residents told the AFP news agency.<p>The attack happened at about 20:30 GMT on Wednesday in Barderi, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, and saw …

Al Jazeera staff face 15 years in Egypt jail | Egypt News | Al Jazeera

Egyptian prosecutors have demanded the "maximum" penalty of 15 years' jail for three Al Jazeera English journalists accused of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.<p>The call came on Thursday as prosecutors delivered their closing arguments against Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy in the court …

Clinton wanted to arm Syria's rebels

Hillary Clinton favoured arming Syria's rebels early in that country's civil war but was overruled by President Barack Obama, the former secretary of state said in her new memoir.<p>Clinton's long-awaited book "Hard Choices" - seen as an unofficial start to her expected presidential run - is set for a …

EU and Israel agree on controversial research

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso is to formally sign a controversial EU-Israel research programme with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.<p>The outgoing head of the European Union executive will hold talks with Netanyahu on Sunday before taking part in a signing ceremony the next …

Vodafone reveals network spying by states

Vodafone, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, has revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator's network without seeking permission.<p>The company outlined the details <b>in a report</b> on …

Libya's former security head survives bombing

The head of the Libyan capital's now disbanded Supreme Security Committee survived a car bomb detonated outside his home, officials said.<p>Hashem Bashar, who now heads a committee tasked with integrating Tripoli's myriad of former rebel militias into the security forces, told AFP news agency that he …

Guatemala ex-police chief gets life in prison

Guatemala's former police chief Erwin Sperisen has received a life sentence in Switzerland for the killings of seven inmates committed years ago in the Central American country.<p>Reading out the verdict to a packed Geneva court on Friday, chief judge Isabelle Cuendet said Sperisen had been found …

Pakistan's MQM leader bailed in London

The exiled leader of Pakistan's MQM party has been bailed by police in London after being arrested on suspicion of money laundering, a police source has said.<p>Altaf Hussain was arrested at his home in the British capital on Tuesday, prompting thousands of people to protest on the streets of Karachi, …