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China discipline warning after Bo Xilai expelled
China's official news agency Xinhua has warned that no-one, no matter what rank, will be immune from Communist Party discipline.
The statement came hours after state media reported that top politician Bo Xilai was being expelled from the party to face criminal charges.
Mr Bo, the ex-Communist Party leader in the city of Chongqing, is accused of abuse of power and corruption.
His wife was given a suspended death sentence for murdering a UK national.
BBC:Apple apologises for Maps switch 'frustration'
Apple apologises for Maps switch 'frustration'
Apple's chief executive has penned an apology following a barrage of criticism caused by its switch to a new maps system.
Tim Cook acknowledged that users had been frustrated by the move and repeated a pledge to improve the software.
In the meantime he suggested users download an alternative product from one of its rivals.
A link to the letter appears on the firm's home page.
BBC:Czech President Vaclav Klaus shot at with replica gun
Czech President Vaclav Klaus shot at with replica gun
A man armed with a replica pistol has fired at Czech President Vaclav Klaus at close range while he was opening a bridge in the north of the country.
Footage of the incident from Czech television show Mr Klaus recoiling slightly but carrying on with the visit apparently unhurt.
Mr Klaus was taken to hospital but suffered only minor bruising.
His security detail has come in for harsh criticism for allowing the man to get so close to Mr Klaus.
BBC:Syria 'moving chemical weapons to safety' - Panetta
Syria 'moving chemical weapons to safety' - Panetta
The Syrian government has moved some of its chemical weapons to safety as it battles rebel forces, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says.
He said there was intelligence that there had been "limited movement" to secure the chemicals, but that "the major sites still remain in place".
Syria has admitted to having a large stockpile of chemical weapons.
US President Barack Obama has warned Damascus it would be held accountable if it uses them.
BBC:US removes Iran group MEK from terror list
US removes Iran group MEK from terror list
The US has removed the dissident Iranian group Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) from its terror blacklist.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally removed the group after sending a classified opinion to Congress earlier in September.
The organisation had been designated a terror group by the US since 1997.
The MEK led a guerrilla campaign against the US-backed Shah of Iran in the 1970s and also opposed Iran's clerical leaders who replaced the Shah
BBC:Spain floods: Seven die in Malaga, Murcia and Almeria
Spain floods: Seven die in Malaga, Murcia and Almeria
At least seven people have died after heavy rains triggered flash floods in southern Spain, officials have said.
Among the dead were two children who drowned in a car in the town of Puerto Lumbreras, AP reports.
The strength of the waters overturned cars, closed roads, damaged homes and forced hundreds to leave their properties.
The hardest hit areas were the provinces of Malaga and Almeria, and Murcia region.
Reuters:Obama, Netanyahu seek to get past Iran differences
Obama, Netanyahu seek to get past Iran differences
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a show of unity on Friday on preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, seeking to tone down the acrimony between the two leaders that has become an issue in the final stretch of the U.S. presidential race.
Obama, widely seen as having snubbed Netanyahu by not meeting face to face with him during his U.S. visit, spoke instead by phone to the Israeli prime minister amid signs of movement toward a truce in their war of words over how to confront Tehran.
Netanyahu used his U.N. speech a day earlier to keep pressure on Washington to set a "red line" for Tehran, something Obama has refused to do. But in a softening of his approach, the hawkish Israeli premier signaled that no attack on Iran was imminent before the November 6 U.S. presidential election.
With an eye to the close presidential contest, Netanyahu also fielded a call during his New York visit from Obama's Republican rival, Mitt Romney, who has accused the president of being too hard on a close ally and not tough enough on Iran.
Reuters:U.S. intelligence now says Benghazi attack "deliberate and organized"
U.S. intelligence now says Benghazi attack "deliberate and organized"
(Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence authority issued an unusual public statement on Friday declaring it now believed the September 11 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, was a "deliberate and organized terrorist attack."
The statement by the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged that it represented a change in the U.S. intelligence assessment of how and why the attack happened. During the attack on two U.S. government compounds in the eastern Libyan city, four U.S. personnel, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed.
Shawn Turner, spokesman for Clapper's office, said that in the immediate aftermath of the attack, U.S. agencies came to the view that the Benghazi attack had begun spontaneously after protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo against a short film made in California lampooning the Prophet Mohammad.
Turner said that as U.S. intelligence subsequently learned more about the attack, "we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists."
Reuters:EU moves step closer to non-Russia gas link-up
EU moves step closer to non-Russia gas link-up
(Reuters) - Europe moved a step closer to loosening Russia's grip on European Union energy supplies after Italy, Albania and Greece signed an agreement supporting the construction of a pipeline to deliver gas from Azerbaijan.
At a ceremony in New York on Thursday, the three countries signed a memorandum of understanding bringing the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) closer to reality, although building was not likely to commence until 2014 or 2015.
The deal improves TAP's chances against Nabucco West, the other remaining contender in the race to become the first pipeline to deliver Azeri gas to Europe, diversifying the supply. Nabucco West would run from the Turkish border via a northerly gas hub in Austria while TAP would link to Europe via Italy.
TAP's managing director Kjetil Tungland called the agreement "a testament to TAP's commercial and technical strengths" and the European commissioner for energy, Guenther Oettinger, said it represented a significant breakthrough.
Reuters:Dexia says closes DenizBank sale, books 744 million euro loss
Dexia says closes DenizBank sale, books 744 million euro loss
(Reuters) - Bailed out Franco-Belgian lender Dexia (DEXI.BR) said on Friday it had finalized the sale of its Turkish banking unit DenizBank (DENIZ.IS) to Russia's Sberbank (SBER.MM) for around 3.02 billion euros ($3.88 billion).
The price included a sum equivalent to the increase in DenizBank's net asset value between January 1 and September 28.
Dexia said it would book a 744 million euro loss on the sale in the third quarter, while its core Tier 1 and Tier 1 capital would rise by 638 million euros.
The sale would reduce Dexia's balance sheet by 18 billion euros and would be used to reduce the exposure of Belfius, Dexia's former Belgian banking arm, to Dexia.
Reuters:China takes islands dispute with Japan to pages of U.S. newspapers
China takes islands dispute with Japan to pages of U.S. newspapers
(Reuters) - With world leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, China has taken its dispute with Japan over the ownership of a chain of islands to the ad pages of major American newspapers.
China Daily, an organ of the Communist Party and the country's official English-language daily newspaper, took out full-page-spread advertisements on Friday in the New York Times and the Washington Post.
The ad's headline asserts "Diaoyu Islands Belong to China" over a color picture of the string of islands in the East China Sea. It says the islands "have been an inherent territory of China since ancient times."
Ownership of the islands has become a major flashpoint in deteriorating Sino-Japanese relations. The potentially gas-rich uninhabited islets, administered by Japan for years, have been claimed by China and Taiwan, where they are known as Diaoyu and Tiaoyutai, respectively.
Reuters:New virus not spreading easily between people - WHO
New virus not spreading easily between people - WHO
(Reuters) - A new and potentially fatal virus from the same family as SARS which was discovered in a patient in London last week appears not to spread easily form person to person, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.
In an update on the virus, which has so far killed a Saudi man and made a patient from Qatar critically ill, the United Nations health agency said it was working with international partners to understand the public health risk better.
"From the information available thus far, it appears that the novel coronavirus cannot be easily transmitted from person-to-person," it said in a statement.
The WHO put out a global alert on Sunday saying a new virus had infected a 49-year-old Qatari who had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia, where another man with the same virus had died.
NY Times:Netanyahu’s Bomb Diagram During U.N. Speech Stirs Confusion in Israel
Netanyahu’s Bomb Diagram During U.N. Speech Stirs Confusion in Israel
JERUSALEM — When the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, drew his red line on a cartoonish diagram of a bomb from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, he intended to illustrate in simple terms the point at which Iran’s uranium enrichment program must be stopped, at least in Israel’s view, to thwart a final sprint to a nuclear weapon.
Instead, the attention-grabbing performance seems to have created confusion in, of all places, Israel.
Mr. Netanyahu’s bomb was divided into sections marked 70 percent and 90 percent, representing the progress Iran has made, and is expected to make, toward amassing enough enriched uranium for a bomb, Israeli officials and experts said. Mr. Netanyahu drew his red line at 90 percent, asserting that the Iranians would be 90 percent along the way by next spring or summer.
But on Friday, Yediot Aharonot, a popular newspaper, published a drastically different interpretation. It assumed, erroneously, that Mr. Netanyahu had been referring not to progress made by Iran, but to actual percentages of uranium enrichment in his diagram, now known as the “Bibi Bomb,” a reference to Mr. Netanyahu’s nickname.
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