Category: World

Anger in India after deadly floods

MUMBAI — India’s annual monsoon has claimed 109 lives since rains started in June and left at least 400,000 people homeless in the northeastern state of Assam, in a tragedy experts say was made worse by corruption and poor management of the Brahmapu

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Big donations coming Romney's way

WASHINGTON — Of the big donors helping propel the fund-raising of US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, fewer than one per cent have hit the limit they can donate to his election bid, suggesting cash is likely to keep pouring into his coff

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Probe into talk of shooting US First Lady

WASHINGTON — Authorities were investigating a Washington police officer yesterday over a possibly threatening remark he allegedly made about first lady Michelle Obama, reports said. The unidentified officer assigned to a motorcade detail was speaking with colleagues on Wednesday about potential threats against the Obamas and allegedly made a comment about shooting Mrs. Obama, The […]

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School accused of sex abuse cover-up

PHILADELPHIA — Penn State leaders including the late football coach Joe Paterno covered up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children for years, showing a callous disregard for the victims to protect a multimillion-dollar football programme, former FBI director Louis Freeh said yesterday. Laying out the conclusions of his eight-month probe into the Sandusky scandal, Freeh […]

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Russia considers moving capital city

MOSCOW — What do you do when your capital city gets too polluted, too crowded and overrun by traffic? Russia has an answer: Move it, or at least part of it.
Moscow authorities are drawing up plans to move a number of official buildings, including t

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Massacre in Syria

AMMAN/BEIRUT — About 220 Syrians, mostly civilians, were killed in a village in the rebellious Hama region when it was bombarded by helicopter gunships and tanks then stormed by militiamen who slaughtered some families, opposition sources said today. UN special envoy Kofi Annan said he was “shocked and appalled” by news of “intense fighting, significant […]

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'Toe Suck Fairy' to spend year in jail

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas man known as the “Toe Suck Fairy” for a series of assaults directed at woman’s feet over more than two decades was sentenced to one year in prison yesterday.
A judge at Faulkner County District Court jailed Michael Wyatt,

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After calmer waters

us, china willing to explore dialogue in order to ease tensions over south china sea claims
PHNOM PENH — The United States and China signalled a willingness today to work together on “sensitive issues” in a move to cool tensions between rival c

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Royal cousins wed

TONGA — The heir to the throne of Tonga in the South Pacific has married his cousin at a ceremony in the capital Nuku’alofa.
Crown Prince Tupouto’a Ulukalala and his bride, Sinaitakala Fakafanua, both in their 20s, waved to cheering crowds as they

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Fuel tanker crashes killing scores

NIGER DELTA — At least 92 people including women and children were killed today after a gasoline tanker crashed on the east-west road in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta and caught fire as people tried to scoop up fuel, a witness said.
“Early th

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Soldiers leaving Assad

ANKARA — As one of the Sunni Muslim soldiers who form the bulk of the Syrian army, Lieutenant Adnan Suleibi kept being pushed to the front of units fighting in the rebellious city of Homs.
Alawite personnel – members of the same minority sect as Pr

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Freight train derails, explodes

Columbus — A Norfolk Southern freight train derailed and burst into flames in Columbus, Ohio, early yesterday, forcing nearby residents to evacuate, authorities said.
The 98-car southbound train, with two locomotives, was carrying ethanol, and fire

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UK promises top security at Games

LONDON — Olympics security will not be compromised, Home Secretary Theresa May has said, after it emerged that 3,500 extra troops would be needed.
She said it was only discovered yesterday – 16 days before the Games begin – that contractor G4S did

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Poll: Obama pulling away from Romney

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama expanded his lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to six percentage points in the White House race this month as voters became slightly more optimistic about the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed yesterd

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Man pleads guilty to terrorism charge

BOSTON — A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to attack the Pentagon and the US Capitol with large, remote-controlled model airplanes packed with explosives has agreed to plead guilty, authorities said yesterday.
Prosecutors and defence attorn

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New app rescues you from bad dates

NEW YORK — Most people have been there, trapped on an awkward date that is going nowhere. But relief could be on the way with a new app that provides an incoming rescue call.
The Bad Date Rescue app, which was launched by the dating website eHarmon

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Involve Iranians

beijing backs annan’s plan to involve tehran in talks to resolve syria crisis
BEIRUT — China threw its weight behind UN envoy Kofi Annan today, backing his call to include Iran in internationally-brokered talks to resolve Syria’s crisis, in the

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