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British inquiry calls for law to underpin press body

A far-reaching inquiry into British newspapers called for a new independent body to regulate the press, backed by law, to prevent a repeat of the excesses which led to a phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.

Suicide bomber wounds prominent Pakistani militant

A suicide bomber yesterday attacked a prominent Pakistani militant commander in the country's northwest who is believed to have a nonaggression pact with the army, wounding him and killing seven people, officials said.

Tibetan protests against Chinese rule in new phase

Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire in western China this month in a dramatic acceleration of the protests against authoritarian Chinese rule, activist groups said.

Syria: Twin car bombs in Damascus kill 34 people

Twin car bombs ripped through a Damascus suburb yesterday, killing at least 34 people and leaving dozens critically wounded, according to state media and hospital officials.

Experts exhume remains of Palestinian leader

Yasser Arafat's political heirs yesterday opened his grave and foreign experts took samples of the iconic Palestinian leader's remains as part of a long-shot attempt — eight years after his mysterious death — to determine whether he was poisoned.

S'Korea: U.S. socialite to lose honorary consul title

South Korea will revoke an honorary title given to an American socialite tied to a scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus, officials said yesterday.