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In Brief: Police kill 11 in Egypt protests

EGYPTIAN soldiers and police set fire to protest tents in Cairo and fired tear gas and rubber bullets in a major assault to drive out thousands demanding that the military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government.

At least 11 protesters were killed and hundreds were injured in the second day of clashes in Tahrir Square .

Tensions are rising a week ahead of the first elections since the ousting of longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak in February.

The military took over the country, promising a swift transition to civilian rule. But pro-democracy protesters suspect ruling generals are trying to cling to power.

'Lone wolf' on bomb charges

A 'lone wolf' militant has been arrested in New York on charges of plotting to build bombs to kill American soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jose Pimentel (27), a follower of late Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, was last night facing terrorism-related charges.

A US citizen born in the Dominican Republic, Pimentel was arrested on Saturday in a Manhattan apartment while assembling a bomb, police said.

Wang fears for global economy

A Chinese vice premier is calling at talks with US officials for co-operative efforts to ensure global "economic health".

Wang Qishan said the global crisis is "very serious" during a meeting of the US-Chinese Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade.

"Insuring economic health is the responsibility of every nation. Unbalanced progress is better than balanced decline," Mr Wang told US officials.

US bus driver does a runner

US bus company Greyhound plans to discipline a driver who abandoned her bus and passengers in south eastern Missouri, about 100 miles from their destination.

Passengers said that the bus was headed from Memphis to St Louis on Interstate 55 when the driver ordered a passenger off the bus near Sikeston.

The driver then pulled over in Cape Girardeau, left and waited for someone to pick her up.