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August 20, 2013



LONDON — British agents oversaw the destruction of an unspecified number of the Guardian newspaper’s hard drives after the paper began publishing revelations from Edward Snowden’s leaks, the paper’s editor said Monday. Alan Rusbridger made the claim in an opinion piece published on the Guardian’s website, saying that a pair of staffers from British eavesdropping agency GCHQ monitored the process in what he called “one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian’s long history.” By Raphael Satter. 500 words.

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s prime minister says Israel was behind the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, and that Turkey has evidence to prove it. The evidence that Recep Tayyip Erdogan had to offer, however, was a 2011 meeting in France between the Israeli justice minister and an unnamed Jewish French intellectual whom he quoted as saying the Muslim Brotherhood would not be in power even if it wins elections. Developing. 400 words by 1300 GMT.


WARSAW, Poland — Rebels crouch behind barricades, dodging enemy fire. Rivers of fire belch from flamethrowers. Women and children dash across bombed-out ruins. Men pull a corpse out of rubble. The scenes are as riveting as any Hollywood war movie. But they are snippets of historical footage from the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, enhanced by modern coloring and sound techniques — and turned into a film. By Monika Scislowska. Moved . 800 words.

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LONDON — A British businessman who was convicted of making and selling fake bomb detectors has been jailed for seven years. Gary Bolton sold the homemade plastic devices to international clients for up to 10,000 pounds (US$15,668) each, claiming that they could detect explosives, drugs, tobacco and ivory. 130 words.


MAKHACHKALA, Russia — Russian authorities say police have killed five people including a prominent warlord in a clash in the restive North Caucasus republic of Dagestan. Rasul Temirbekov, spokesman for the Russian Investigate Committee, said police stormed a house in the town of Buinaksk Tuesday morning, killing the owner of the house and four men. 130 words.


SANTA ANA, California — A California professor who set a series of fires after his teenage son committed suicide and whose private emails described a graphic plan to attack the boy’s school is facing a sentence ranging from three years to 18 years in prison. University of California, Irvine, pharmaceutical sciences professor Rainer Reinscheid, 49, is due to appear in an Orange County courtroom Tuesday for sentencing after he pleaded guilty to six counts of arson, three counts of attempted arson, and resisting or obstructing an officer. 250 words.


LONDON — Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have bypassed professional photographers and chosen family snapshots for the first official images of their new son, Prince George. Royal officials on Tuesday released photos of Kate holding the swaddled baby while standing beside William — and in one image, the couple’s cocker spaniel, Lupo. The pictures were taken by Kate’s father, Michael Middleton, in the family’s backyard. 130 words.

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LONDON — Shares around the world, particularly in emerging economies, fell Tuesday as investors braced for the phasing out of a U.S. central bank stimulus program that has shored up markets for the past few years. Stock benchmarks and currencies in developing countries such as India and Indonesia have been hammered as funds flowed out of their markets in anticipation of a reduction in stimulus from the Federal Reserve. By Pan Pylas and Pamela Sampson. AP Photos. 600 words, filed, to be updated 1345 GMT


GENEVA — Newly-merged commodities and mining group Glencore Xstrata Plc reported a near $9 billion first-half loss as it wrote down the value of its mining assets by a hefty $7.66 billion. Though the merger in May between Glencore and Xstrata created an industry giant that controls businesses in mining, refining, storage and shipping of commodities like coal, copper and corn, trading conditions have been tough. By John Heilprin. 300 words, filed, to be updated 1200 GMT.



LONDON— Seven-time European champion AC Milan is away to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in the headline first leg of the Champions League playoff round to reach the group stage, while Lyon is at home to Real Sociedad. Celtic travels to Shakhter Karagandy, Pacos Ferreira is against Zenit St. Petersburg and Plzen plays Maribor. By 2230 GMT. 700 Words. By Rob Harris.

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