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Kidnapped Uzbek doctor freed in northern Yemen: official SANAA: An Uzbek doctor kidnapped in northern Yemen last week has been freed, a provincial official said on Saturday.The official told Reuters tribal mediators had succeeded in convincing armed tribesmen to release the doctor, who had been abducted last Sunday from the hospital he worked at in Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa."He was handed to the mediators who took him to Marib and then he was handed to local officials," the local official, who declined to be named, told Reuters. He refused to say whether a ransom had been paid.Kidnapping is common in US-allied Yemen, where the government is struggling with an array of security problems: an insurgency by Islamists linked to al Qaeda, a southern separatist movement, fighting in the country's north, and sporadic conflicts with armed tribes.On Saturday an air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants and three civilians in central Yemen.Hostage-taking is sometimes carried out ...

Cuban Cepeda signs pro deal with Japanese team HAVANA: Leading outfielder Frederich Cepeda has become the first player from the Cuban baseball league to sign for a Japanese professional team since the communist government relaxed its player rules last year.The 34-year-old Cepeda, who has played in three World Classics, is set to travel to Tokyo next month after signing a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League, Cuban state Radio Rebelde said on Saturday."I'm looking forward to playing baseball, working ...

Rajaratnam's brother loses bid to dismiss insider trading charges NEW YORK: Rengan Rajaratnam, the younger brother of imprisoned hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, on Friday lost a bid to dismiss some of the insider trading charges leveled against him last year.US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled that the indictment adequately alleged the essential elements of the crimes charged.Buchwald agreed that two securities fraud counts were "internally inconsistent" with a conspiracy charge contained in the indictment.But she withheld ruling on whether to ...

Kazakh leader family granted refugee status in Italy ROME: The wife and daughter of a Kazakh tycoon who is wanted in three countries for alleged fraud have been granted refugee status in Italy, their lawyer said on Friday.Lawyer Anton Giulio Lana said in a statement that an Interior Ministry committee had granted Alma Shalabayeva and daughter Alua a five-year, renewable permit of stay.Shalabayeva is the wife of oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, a political adversary of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev who has ruled for more ...

Egyptian court jails Muslim Brotherhood leader CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced a leading figure of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed El-Beltagy, to one year in prison on Saturday for insulting the judiciary, the first sentence handed to a leader of the organisation since it was outlawed last year, security and judicial sources said.Beltagy is standing trial along with former president Mohamed Mursi and 13 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders on charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace during unrest ...

US police arrest man after LA Times shooting threat LOS ANGELES: US police arrested a man late Friday after he entered the Los Angeles Times building and threatened to start shooting, the newspaper said.It was unclear if the man was carrying a weapon or fired any shots, but building employees locked themselves in safe areas while police officers entered and detained the suspect. Witnesses told the LA Times the man said he had been depressed and did not mind killing someone. He reportedly handed ...

Iran says settlement on New York skyscraper 'illegal' TEHRAN: Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed as "illegal" plans by US prosecutors to sell an Iran-linked Manhattan skyscraper in the largest terror-related seizure to date, media reports said Saturday.Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a statement late Friday the settlement lacked "legal credibility" and was influenced by "anti-Iran political propaganda," according to the reports in Iranian media.The settlement was unveiled on Thursday and has been approved by a federal judge.Its main target is a 36-storey building ...


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