Category: World

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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No plan to fail

annan holds talks with assad; to share syria move with opposition
DAMASCUS — Kofi Annan said he had constructive talks in Damascus today with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who said the UN peace envoy’s plan to end 16 months of bloodshed was b

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Congressman weds male

BOSTON — Democratic Representative Barney Frank wed his longtime partner, James Ready, on Saturday, becoming the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officiated the ceremony and added som

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Jailed over tweet

DUBAI — A prominent Bahraini protest leader, Nabeel Rajab, was sentenced to three months in prison over a tweet against the prime minister which the court said insulted Bahrainis, Rajab’s lawyer and a colleague said.
Rajab, head of the Bahrain

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Renal failure kills Oscar winner

LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine, whose career spanned more than 60 years, has died, his spokesman has said.
He died of renal failure in a Los Angeles hospital with his family by his side, his spokesman, Harry Flynn, told the Assoc

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Mursi's move rattles military

CAIRO — Egypt’s new president yesterday ordered a parliament dominated by his Islamist party to reconvene, challenging the authority of the generals who had dissolved the assembly in line with a court order.
President Mohamed Mursi’s decree appeare

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Egyptian MPs meet

defy military ruling
CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist-led parliament reconvened today in an open challenge to the generals who dissolved the assembly last month, stirring up tensions with the military just 10 days into Mohamed Mursi’s presidency.
Mursi,

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Former bank boss gives up $30m. bonus

LONDON — Ex-Barclays boss Bob Diamond will receive his salary and benefits worth in excess of 2 million, but has given up bonuses worth up to 20 million after resigning amid the bank Libor scandal.
Barclays executive chairman Marcus Agius, being qu

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Step-by-step end to conflict

BAGHDAD — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has suggested ending Syria’s conflict on a step-by-step basis, starting with districts that have seen the worst violence, international mediator Kofi Annan told a press conference in Tehran today.
Annan me

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Call for coalition gov't in Libya

TRIPOLI — Libya’s wartime rebel prime minister Mahmoud Jibril called for the some 150 political parties in the North African nation to back the creation of a grand coalition government as election results were expected today.
Joyful Libyans turned

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Donors pledge $16b. to Afghanistan development

TOKYO — Major donors pledged yesterday to give Afghanistan $16 billion in development aid through 2015 as they try to prevent it from sliding back into chaos when foreign troops leave, but demanded reforms to fight widespread corruption.
Donor fati

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Putin orders flood probe

moscow — President Vladimir Putin has ordered an investigation into accusations that officials could have done more to prevent floods killing at least 170 people in southern Russia, hoping to limit the criticism that has followed earlier disasters.

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Record temperatures bake US

WASHINGTON — Scorching temperatures in June’s second half helped the continental United States break its record for the hottest first six months in a calendar year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said yesterday.
The last 12 mon

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Texas against Medicaid growth

AUSTIN — Governor Rick Perry said yesterday Texas will not implement an expansion of the Medicaid programme or create a health insurance exchange, placing the state with the highest percentage of people without insurance outside key parts of Preside

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Warlord gets 14-year jail sentence

HAGUE — Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for recruiting and using child soldiers in his rebel army in 2002 and 2003.
Taking into account time in custody, he will now serve a further eight years.
In March, he

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