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Military Plans Gaza Power Cuts to Curb Attacks

Israeli military experts have formulated a plan to gradually cut off electricity and fuel to the Gaza Strip in response to ongoing rocket fire from the Palestinian territory, military officials said on Wednesday.

Israel provides more than half of Gaza's electricity, and any power cutoff is sure to make life more difficult for residents. The move is also certain to draw international condemnation.

saudi arabia

Forbes Banned Over Report on Leaders' Wealth

Saudi Arabia has banned the latest issue of the Arabic-language edition of Forbes magazine for an article about the wealth of the king and other Arab leaders, an editor said Wednesday.

"This sort of ban is counterproductive," said Refaat Jaafar, managing editor of Dubai-based Forbes Arabia.

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Egypt Arrests 13 Students Protesting Campus Vote-Rigging

Egyptian authorities detained 13 students affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood after clashes with security men at a university campus, Brotherhood sources said. Those arrested were protesting alleged vote-rigging in student elections at Cairo's Ain Shams University on Monday.

Putin Names Representative to NATO Alliance

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree appointing a nationalist politician, Dmitry Rogozin, as Russia's permanent representative to NATO, a source close to the situation said. Rogozin is the flamboyant former head of Russia's Motherland party.

20 Arrested in Smuggling of Nigerian Girls for Prostitution

Police across Europe and in New York arrested 20 people suspected of smuggling young girls out of Nigeria and forcing them to work as prostitutes after intimidating them in voodoo rituals, according to Dutch prosecutors.

Danish Prime Minister Calls New Elections

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for early national elections Nov. 13, seeking to profit from a strong showing in opinion polls and a robust economy.

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