Activists inside Syria say government forces are responsible for an explosion today in the city of Hama, and that about 70 people were killed. The Assad regime says 16 people died in an explosion at a bomb factory used by "armed terrorist groups."
News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch is facing another day of uncomfortable questions in London. The questions focus on the wiretapping activities of his now-defunct tabloid News of the World. This is a judicial inquiry into a scandal that has reached the highest levels of British government. And for the first time, Murdoch is apologizing for "not paying enough attention" to the unfolding scandal.
Pakistan's Supreme Court has convicted Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani of contempt over a corruption case involving President Asif Ali Zardari. Gilani has resisted court demands to pursue graft charges against Zardari.
Britain is a nation in shock, following Wednesday's announcement that its economy has slipped back into recession. It's the second time since the 2008 financial crisis, and it's raising new questions about the government's unpopular austerity measures.
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