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Charges possible in royal prank call case


LONDON — Prosecutors are considering pressing charges over a hoax call that preceded a nurse’s apparent suicide, police said. Two Australian DJs imper­sonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, as they phoned a hospital to ask about the Duchess of Cambridge, who went there suffering from morning sickness. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, 46, put them through to a colleague who gave details on the duchess’s condition. Saldanha’s body was found three days later.


President dissolves the Parliament

ROME — Italy’s president dissolved Parliament after Prime Minister Mario Monti’s resignation, formally setting the stage for general elections in February. President Giorgio Napolitano signed the decree Saturday. Monti stepped down Friday after former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s party withdrew support for his government. Monti may announce Sunday whether he will run.


Protesters decry gang rape on bus

NEW DELHI — Police used tear gas and water cannons Saturday to push back thousands of people who tried to march to the presidential mansion to protest the gang rape and brutal beating of a female student, 23, on a bus. Several suffered injuries when they tried to break through barricades.