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Political troubles in ItalySilvio Berlusconi rubs his eyes at the end of Italian Premier Enrico Letta's speech at the Senate in Rome on Wednesday. Letta was putting his government's survival to confidence votes in Parliament on Wednesday amid a divisive split in Silvio Berlusconi's party that could at least temporarily save his fragile ruling coalition.
Political troubles in ItalySilvio Berlusconi rubs his eyes at the end of Italian Premier Enrico Letta's speech at the Senate in Rome on Wednesday. Letta was putting his government's survival to confidence votes in Parliament on Wednesday amid a divisive split in Silvio Berlusconi's party that could at least temporarily save his fragile ruling coalition.
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TRIPOLI, Libya


Russian attacked,


1 person is killed


An armed mob attacked the Russian Embassy compound in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Wednesday after a Russian woman was accused of killing a Libyan air force pilot, and one of them was killed by random gunfire, Libyan officials said. The Russian Foreign Ministry said none of the embassy staff was wounded.


The Libyan official said the attackers climbed the walls of the embassy compound from three different directions, firing randomly in the air, and broke down its metal gate. The random gunfire wounded five, one of whom later died.


He said the attackers didn’t enter the embassy buildings.


Russia’s Foreign Ministry Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed the attack, saying on Ekho Moskvy radio that according to preliminary information no one among the embassy personnel was wounded.


NEW YORK


Suspect arraigned in


biker-SUV brawl


A motorcyclist was charged Wednesday with reckless driving after prosecutors said he touched off a tense encounter with the driver of an SUV and a throng of other bikers that ended with blood and broken bones on a Manhattan street.


Christopher Cruz, 28, of Passaic, N.J., declined to comment as he was released on $1,500 bail, facing misdemeanor charges that also include unlawful imprisonment. His attorney, H. Benjamin Perez, said his client denied all the allegations.


Cruz is the only person charged criminally so far in the Sunday encounter that was caught on a helmet-mounted camera worn by another biker and was posted online anonymously.


The SUV driver, Alexian Lien, 33, was taken to a hospital for stitches for his face. His wife and 2-year-old were not injured. A call to his home wasn’t returned Wednesday.


WASHINGTON


AG: Boston suspect


ditched evidence


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with carrying out the bombings last April at the Boston Marathon, disposed of key evidence after the attack by “discarding a remaining bomb detonator and smashing his cellphones,” according to an internal memo approved by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. made public Wednesday.


The memo, written in August to the director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to justify the imposition of harsh detention restrictions on Tsarnaev, also said that he and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, “made additional bombs” after the lethal blasts and persuaded others to “attempt to destroy evidence related to the attack.”


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also told FBI agents upon his arrest that he remained “committed to jihad and expressed hope that his actions would inspire others to engage in violent jihad,” according to the memo from Holder.


JERUSALEM


Iran-US dialogue


blocks Israeli action


President Barack Obama’s decision to open a dialogue with Iran’s new president appears to have robbed Israel of a key asset in its campaign to prevent the Islamic Republic from developing a nuclear weapon: the threat of unilaterally attacking Iranian nuclear facilities.


Despite some tough rhetoric in a speech to the U.N. by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it will be all but impossible for Israel to take military action once negotiations between Iran and world powers resume.


As a result, Israel could find itself sidelined in the international debate over how to handle the suspect Iranian nuclear program over the coming months and reliant on the United States at a time when American credibility in the region is in question.


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