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The World Today

Russian opposition leader will broaden role

RUSSIA

MOSCOW — Amid heightening pressure on leaders of Moscow street protests, the billionaire Mikhail D. Prokhorov announced Saturday that he was setting aside his business interests altogether to devote his attention to politics. Prokhorov, the owner of the Brooklyn Nets, ran for president in March but won just 8 percent of the vote. President Vladimir Putin has since introduced many new measures aimed at quieting dissent. (New York Times)

INDONESIA

11 charged in plot to attack embassies

JAKARTA — Indonesia’s antiterror squad arrested 11 people suspected of planning a range of attacks on domestic and foreign targets, including the US Embassy and a site near the Australian Embassy, police said Saturday. The suspects were arrested Friday and Saturday in four provinces. Police said the suspects belonged to a new group called the Harakah Sunni for Indonesian Society. (AP)

BRITAIN

Vatican won’t pull honor for BBC host

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LONDON — The Vatican said Saturday it never would have given Jimmy Savile a papal knighthood had it known of allegations the BBC television host, was a child sex predator, but said it cannot rescind the honor now that he has died. The Catholic Church of England asked the Holy See last week to consider whether it could remove the honor. (AP)

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