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Merkel probe

Berlin, June 4 (Reuters): Germany’s top public prosecutor has decided to investigate the bugging of Angela Merkel’s mobile phone in the light of revelations that the US National Security Agency had spied on the chancellor, sources said today.

Attorney general Harald Range told the legal affairs committee of parliament’s lower house that legal proceedings would be opened against “Unknown” for espionage, three persons who took part in the meeting said.

Venice mayor

Milan (Reuters): Venice’s mayor was under house arrest on Wednesday on suspicion of corruption relating to a 5-billion-euro ($6.8-billion) flood barrier project, police sources said.

Libya attacks

Tripoli (Reuters): Gunmen in Libya shot dead a Swiss national working for the Red Cross, fired a grenade at the Prime Minister’s office and tried to kill a renegade general in a series of attacks on Wednesday.

Pak blast

Islamabad (PTI): At least five persons, including two senior army officers, were killed today when a suicide bomber targeted a security forces vehicle in Rawalpindi.


 
 
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