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Around the World Murdoch finds Scientologists creepy, even evil CULIACAN: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce story Sunday, saying he thinks Scientologists are “creepy” and possibly even evil. The News Corporation chief urged his Twitter followers to watch the story, which broke on Friday when Holmes announced she was filing from divorce from Hollywood A-lister Cruise, a prominent member of the Church of Scientology. “Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people,” Murdoch said on his Twitter account, @rupertmurdoch. The fairytale Hollywood couple’s split was revealed when Holmes’ publicist announced that the actress had filed for divorce.

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Senior Pak Taliban commander killed ISLAMABAD: A senior Pakistani Taliban commander was killed in recent clashes with security forces in the Dir region bordering Afghanistan, media reports said today. Taliban commander Mullah Mansoor was killed in a gun battle with security forces, state-run Radio Pakistan quoted official sources as saying. Other media reports said Mansoor succumbed to injuries sustained during a clash between security forces and militants in Dir region of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, which has witnessed cross-border attacks by Pakistani Taliban fighters based in Afghanistan. Mansoor was taken to a hospital in Afghanistan, where he died.

3 killed in ‘green on blue’ attack KABUL: A man in an Afghan police uniform has gunned down three NATO personnel in the war-torn country’s troubled south, the coalition said on Sunday, the latest so-called “green on blue” attack. The deaths take the toll this year in “green-on-blue” killings — in which Afghan forces turn their weapons against their Western allies — to at least 26, in a total of 18 such incidents. In keeping with its policy, NATO has not identified the victims.

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TV news channels quoted their sources as saying that 34 terrorists were killed in three days of fighting in the Dir area. Mansoor belonged to Khaal area of Dir. During a recent attack in Dir area, Taliban fighters captured and beheaded 17 Pakistani soldiers. They later issued a gruesome video that showed the 17 heads lying on a white sheet. The video contained an audio recording by Tehrik-eTaliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud, who said his fighters would continue to battle the Pakistan Army until the government stops supporting the US and enforces Shariah or Islamic law in the country. mqf

GLOBE AT A GLANCE ICC expects legal team to be released today THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court said it expected a fourmember legal team detained in Libya three weeks ago after visiting slain leader Moamer Kadhafi’s jailed son to be released on Monday. “The ICC president is going to Libya tomorrow and the release of the four ICC staff members is expected tomorrow,” Fadi el-Abdallah, spokesman of The Hague-based tribunal, told AFP.

Ben Ali, wife seek ‘justice’ back home PARIS: Leila Ben Ali, the reviled wife of ousted Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, said they were ready to face trial back home but conditions for a fair hearing did not exist, in an interview published on Sunday, the first one since the couple fled to Saudi Arabia after an uprising in last year that sparked the Arab Spring.

Iran warns Israel TEHRAN: Iran will respond with

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds a baby during the opening rally of his campaign for re-election, in Mariara, Caracas on Sunday to underline that he, who has been battling cancer, is fit enough to take on rival Henrique Capriles at the October 7 vote. AFP/JUAN BARRETO

its new indigenously built antiradar ballistic missiles if Israel attacks the Islamic republic, the official media reported. Iran will respond if Israel “ventures an attack” on the Islamic republic, the IRNA news agency quoted Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of aerospace unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), as saying Sunday. Iran was at the final stage of producing its new anti-radar ballistic missiles that have a range of 300 km, he said. These missiles can target any radar centres on land or sea with high accuracy and can destroy targets several times faster than the speed of sound, Hajizadeh said. Hajizadeh also announced that Iran will launch a three-day military exercise Monday in Sistan-Baluchestan province.

Branson is the oldest to kite-surf Channel LONDON: British tycoon Richard Branson on Sunday became the oldest person to kite-surf the Channel, a day after abandoning an attempt due to his kite being too small. The billionaire adventurer crossed from Dymchurch, Kent, to Wimereux in northern France in three hours, 45 minutes to set a new Guinness World Record. However, Branson failed in his bid to become the

fastest person of any age to cross the Channel, a record that was set by his son Sam on Saturday. “It’s great to be standing on French soil and not be surrounded by French police,” said the 61-year-old. “It’s wonderful for the family to have set three world records in two days. I have even more respect for Sam’s world record having taken so long myself to get across. “The trip was far more

challenging than I thought, with 40 mph winds in the middle of the Channel and major waves. “I have to admit there were moments when I was tempted to abandon it. The wind direction was the opposite of what had been forecast. “I expected to scream across but was greeted with a long, downstream kite that took considerably longer.” ^cm

New South Wales mounted police patrol during a No Carbon Tax rally in Sydney on Sunday. AFP

Mexcian cop chief dies a day after getting shot CULIACAN: The police chief of Choix, a city in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, has been shot dead, officials said. Hector Echavarria died at a hospital in the city of Ahome Saturday, a day after he was shot at an event in Choix to mark Police Day. Choix Mayor Juan Carlos Estrada managed to emerge from the attack unscathed.

‘Kim ordered scientists to make uranium bombs’ TOKYO: The late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il ordered his scientists to produce “a massive amount” of uranium bombs, according to internal regime documents, reports in Japan said Monday. The instruction was revealed in papers believed to have been compiled in February this year for senior officials of the ruling Workers’ Party.

Test tube population hits 5mn after the first in ‘78 PARIS: In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) has given the world about five million new people since the first test tube baby was born in England in 1978, an estimate released on Monday said. As the row over man’s scientific manipulation of nature has faded, about 350,000 babies conceived in petri dishes are now born every year, said the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).

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