Nepal frees journalists 

KATHMANDU: Nepal's government freed 53 journalists yesterday, a day after they were arrested during a protest over media restrictions imposed since King Gyanendra seized absolute power in February. 

Western media watchdogs denounced the mass arrest of journalists at Wednesday's rally and had called for their immediate freedom. 

The freed journalists vowed to continue their protests against the royal government's restrictions. – AP 

Third ‘Mission’ to begin filming 

LOS ANGELES: After more than a week of haggling over costs, Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal that will allow Mission: Impossible 3 to move ahead with filming in Italy next month. 

Paramount Pictures chairman and chief executive officer Brad Grey announced the agreement in a statement on Tuesday.  

Filming will start on July 18 on the third instalment in the action-adventure series. – AP 

British hacker freed on bail  

LONDON: A Briton wanted in the United States for what US authorities called the biggest successful hacking effort against American military computer networks was freed on bail on Wednesday after a court appearance. 

The court heard allegations that Gary McKinnon, 39, illegally accessed 97 US government computers between February 2001 and March 2002, causing US$700,000 (RM2.6mil) in damages. – AP 

Teen to meet Potter author 

LAPORTE (Indiana): A teen who created a website for Harry Potter fans will get a chance to meet the creator of the popular book series. 

Emerson Spartz, 18, was sleeping when the phone rang recently at his home here.  

Author J.K. Rowling, who is known for being private, invited the teen to fly to Scotland at her expense on July 13. – AP

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