Oct 3, 2011, 12:20 a.m.

Jittery Amanda Knox awaits verdict in murder trial

PERUGIA, Italy (Reuters) - American Amanda Knox will tell an Italian court she did not murder her British roommate during a frenzied sex game that turned violent when she makes her final plea to judges on Monday to overturn her 26-year jail sentence. Nearly four years after 21-year-old Meredith Kercher's half-naked body was found in a pool of blood in Perugia, Knox's closely-watched appeals trial is reaching its climax.

Shortages "killing patients" in Libya siege hospital

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - People wounded in fighting in Libya's besieged city of Sirte are dying on the operating table because fuel for the hospital generator has run out, medical workers fleeing the city said Sunday. The birthplace of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is one of two towns still holding out against the country's new rulers. The fighting has entered its third week and civilians are caught up in a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Libyans run gauntlet of bullets to escape Sirte

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Ali Ramadan's family were on the move for 10 days, dodging artillery fire and sleeping in the open, before they were finally able to get out of the besieged Libyan city of Sirte. The city on the Mediterranean coast is the birth place of Muammar Gaddafi and is at the center of a battle for control between diehard fighters loyal to Libya's deposed leader and forces with the National Transitional Council (NTC), the country's new rulers.

Angry Pakistan rejects Afghan charges on Rabbani

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has angrily rejected allegations from Afghan officials that its intelligence agency masterminded the assassination of Kabul's chief peace negotiator with the Taliban. An investigative delegation established by President Hamid Karzai said evidence and a confession provided by a man involved in Burhanuddin Rabbani's killing on September 20 had revealed that the bomber was Pakistani and the assassination had been plotted in Pakistan.

Gunmen free American woman in southern Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) - Muslim gunmen have freed a Philippine-born American woman after nearly three months in captivity on a remote southern island in the Philippines where al Qaeda-linked militants are active, but her son was not released, police said on Monday. Police investigating reports of armed men in Maluso town on the southern island of Basilan found a dazed Gefra Lunsmann wandering in a village on the outskirts of the town at around 10 p.m. on Sunday, said Chief Inspector Dinar Hassan.

Israel accepts Quartet call for peace talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel accepted on Sunday a call by international mediators to resume peace talks with the Palestinians, who quickly reaffirmed their refusal to negotiate until settlement-building stops on land they seek for state. "Israel welcomes the Quartet call for direct negotiations between the parties without preconditions," the statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said.

Yemeni warplane mistakenly bombs soldiers, officials say

SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) - Local security officials said up to 20 soldiers were killed when Yemen's air force mistakenly bombed a military site in the south of the country on Sunday, but government and military sources denied the reports. "We are not sure of the number yet but some 18 or 20 soldiers were killed, the plane bombed a small military site in Abyan. They meant to target an al Qaeda hideout," a security official told Reuters by telephone from the flashpoint Abyan province.

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