November 12th, 2011
06:36 PM ET

Police investigate possible hate crime in Jewish New York neighborhood

Police are investigating what authorities say could be a hate crime in a Jewish section of Brooklyn, New York, after three cars were set ablaze and anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled across park benches.

Police said they responded to emergency calls pertaining to the case early Friday morning.

The city's Hate Crimes Task Force is "actively investigating the twisted person or people who attacked cars, benches, and a sidewalk on a block of Ocean Parkway early this morning," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.

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Filed under: Crime • New York
November 12th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

French, German leaders stress urgency with Greece's new prime minister

A day after being sworn in as Greece's new prime minister, Lucas Papademos talked Saturday with the leaders of France and Germany about efforts to address his nation's continuing economic woes - including negative ramifications if certain moves aren't made soon.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both congratulated Papademos on his ascension when they talked with him on Saturday afternoon, according to a statement from Sarkozy's office.

Sarkozy and Merkel then expressed an "urgent need" for Greece's new leader to ensure that his country adheres to its past commitments, including implementation of an Oct. 27 bailout package brokered between former Prime Minister George Papandreou and other European leaders.

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Filed under: Economy • France • Germany • Greece
November 12th, 2011
04:13 PM ET

Bahrain arrests five suspects in alleged terror plot

Bahraini authorities discovered "a terror cell" and have arrested five people for allegedly planning attacks against government and diplomatic buildings as well as unidentified individuals, officials said Saturday.

The discovery of the alleged plot began when Qatari security authorities arrested four Bahrainis who entered Qatar from neighboring Saudi Arabia, said a Bahrain Ministry of Interior spokesman.

The suspects were carrying documents and a laptop "containing sensitive security information and details about some places and vital establishments in Bahrain, as well as airline bookings to Syria," the spokesman's statement said. The suspects were also carrying a "significant" amount of U.S. dollars and Iranian toman, the spokesman said.

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Filed under: Bahrain • Iran • Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Syria • Terrorism
November 12th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

Shots fired at Venezuelan candidate's bus

A couple on a motorcycle fired shots into a bus carrying Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Maria Corina Machado and her supporters Saturday, a campaign spokesman told CNN en Español.

No one was injured in the incident, which happened on the east side of the capital, Caracas, according to Alfredo Mesa from Machado's campaign.

Machado is one of several presidential candidates who will participate in a primary in February. The winner will be the unity opposition candidate to run against President Hugo Chavez.

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November 12th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi resigns

Silvio Berlusconi officially resigned as Italy's prime minister Saturday, according to the presidential palace press office.

His resignation comes just hours after the Italian lower house of parliament approved a series of austerity measures demanded by Europe to shore up confidence in the country's economy. It passed by a vote of 380 for to 26 against.

The package, which includes spending cuts and proposals to boost growth, was approved by the Senate Friday, resulting in a market surge.

The prime minister, who has survived many previous sexual and ethical scandals, pledged to step down once the economic measures passed both houses of parliament after losing his majority.

Berlusconi’s departure signals the end of an era in Italian politics. The 75-year-old business tycoon has been a dominant force since forming his Forza Italia party in 1994.

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Filed under: Economy • European Union • Italy