Thursday, June 30, 2011

World News Briefs -- June 30, 2011 (Evening Edition)

Sarkozy Is Assaulted as He Meets Voters -- New York Times

PARIS — President Nicolas Sarkozy of France was rubbing shoulders with voters Thursday when one of them literally grabbed his, violently yanking his suit collar, and would have been pulled to the ground had it not been for a metal barricade that caught his fall.

The exact motives of the assailant, who the police say was unarmed, remain unclear. But his ability to get so close to France’s head of state and physically assault him, before being tackled by security guards seconds later and detained, may raise concerns about presidential security just as the campaigning for the 2012 election gets under way.

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Israel warns Assad: Attack us, we'll hit you personally.

Yemen president orders talks on deal to end crisis.

Israel 'sabotages two ships bound for Gaza', activists claim.

June bloodiest month for U.S. in Iraq in 2 years. U.S. monthly combat deaths in Iraq at 3-year high.

US backs Syria reform plan leaving Assad in place. U.S. urges Lebanon to act on Hariri indictments. UN court indicts four Hezbollah members over Hariri car bomb. Indictments issued in Hariri death probe.

Syrian forces take mountainous province; 11 killed. Syria pulls its armed forces from some contested cities.

Iran facing new U.S. sanctions.

Riyadh will build nuclear weapons if Iran gets them, Saudi prince warns.


Kim Jong-un unpredictable, warns next USFK chief

China’s Communist Party tries to reclaim glory.

Senior commander in Haqqani network 'killed'. Nato 'kills senior Haqqani militant in Afghanistan'.

Pakistan ends U.S. use of base for drone attacks: report.

North Korea rejects holding nuke talks with south.

Kim cancelled Russia trip on security worry: Report.


AU summit opens, Libya crisis expected to dominate talks.

Commander refutes report that France supplied weapons to Libya's rebel forces. France provides weapons, food to Libyan rebels.

African Union is in an economic crisis, needs more money, Obiang says.

Deadly gunfight in DR Congo mining capital Lubumbashi.

U.S. drone targets two leaders of Somali group allied with al-Qaeda, official says.

Senegal cracks down on riots.

South Sudan President steers nation to independence.

Egypt unprepared for September elections.


Nicolas Sarkozy attacked during walkabout.

Putin says Russian 2012 election will be dirty.

Greece's Parliament implements austerity measures. Buyers' market as Greece starts assets fire sale.

Britons strike over pensions, government says impact limited. U.K.: 'Hundreds of thousands' of public sector workers strike. Public 'at risk' after 999 operators strike.

French journalists arrive home after 18-month Taliban hostage ordeal.

Gaza activists say ship sabotaged in Greece.


Venezuelans scour video for Chavez health clues.

New Mexico wildfires approach Los Alamos nuclear lab.

As poppy fields flourish in Mexico, heroin use surges in U.S..

Most Jamaicans believe UK rule better according to poll.

William, Kate off to Canada, US in first tour.


CIA cleared in all but two interrogation investigations.

On reports that bin Laden wasn't really running al Qaeda.

Jihadist web forum knocked off Internet.

Al Qaeda remains top threat to U.S.

U.S. anti-terror strategy targets peril from within.

White House aims to disrupt al Qaeda online.


Shutdown: NBA owners lock out players.

Geithner said to consider leaving treasury after debt debate.

Web retailers say they'll fight new California sales tax.

Libya rebel chief says oil exports may take years.

London Stock Exchange £4.2bn merger with Canada's TMX collapses.

U.S. caught China buying more debt than disclosed.

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