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Pakistan raid curbs airlines

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Two major airlines suspended their service Wednesday to Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan, after a gun attack on a crowded airliner that killed a passenger and raised fears of a concerted militant campaign against the country's airports.

Emirates said in a statement that it was suspending flights to Peshawar "until further notice." And Etihad Airways said it had canceled a flight scheduled to land Wednesday, and would make further decisions based on an assessment of the security situation.

Most suspicion over the attack centered on the Pakistani Taliban, which had threatened to attack foreign airlines in retaliation for a sweeping military drive into their stronghold of North Waziristan that started June 15.

The attack at the Peshawar airport struck a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Saudi Arabia as it was landing Tuesday night with at least 198 people on board.

New hunt for Malaysia flight

CANBERRA, Australia -- A commercial vessel under contract from the Australian government has begun mapping the floor of the southern Indian Ocean in preparation for a renewed search for Malaysia Airlines' missing Flight 370, but that search has been complicated by a complete lack of satellite images of the new search area from the week after the plane disappeared.

The Fugro Equator, a commercial survey ship on a three-month lease, is moving slowly around an area that is 500 miles southwest of the region where the ocean floor was searched in April and early May.

North Korea targets movie

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea on Wednesday warned against the release of a Hollywood comedy film about a plot to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong Un, calling the movie an "act of war."

"If the United States administration tacitly approves or supports the release of this film, we will take a decisive and merciless countermeasure," a spokesman for its Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

The spokesman did not elaborate on what North Korea's retaliation might be.

Princess accused of fraud

MADRID -- The Spanish monarchy was dragged deeper into a corruption case Wednesday when Princess Cristina was charged with tax fraud and money laundering by a judge investigating whether her husband and business associates embezzled millions in public funds earmarked for sports events.

The royal household had hoped to contain the scandal to the princess' husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, who has been at the heart of the corruption investigation. The charges come less than a week after Princess Cristina's brother ascended to the throne as King Felipe VI, succeeding his father, King Juan Carlos I.

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Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk, seeking to steady his government shaken by a scandal over leaked recordings, won a vote of confidence Wednesday on the eve of a European Union summit on energy security in Brussels. ... The jury in Britain's long-running phone-hacking trial was dismissed Wednesday after it failed to reach a verdict on additional charges against Andy Coulson, a former editor in Rupert Murdoch's media empire and onetime top adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr. Coulson was found guilty Tuesday on phone-hacking charges.



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