Category: World

Taliban attack NATO convoy

MAZAR-E-SHARIF — A bomb planted by the Taliban destroyed 22 NATO trucks carrying supplies to their forces in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban and police said today.

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Nabbed after 18-year run

LOS ANGELES — A California man who spent 18 years on the run from charges that he molested a four-year-old girl, has been arrested in Guatemala and returned to the United States for prosecution, authorities said yesterday.

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Japan restarts nuclear reactor

TOKYO — Japan restarted its second nuclear reactor after the Fukushima crisis closed the nation’s atomic power plants, even as fresh concerns surfaced about the unit’s positioning near a faultline.

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Mandela celebrates 94th birthday

CAPETOWN –Some 12 million schoolchildren across South Africa have sung a specially composed song as part of official celebrations for Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday today.

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Blow to Assad

BEIRUT/AMMAN — Syria’s defence minister and President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law were killed in a Damascus suicide bomb attack carried out by a bodyguard today…

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Two dead in Toronto street party shooting

TORONTO — Two people were killed and about 20 injured, including an infant, in a late-night shooting at a Toronto street party, raising fears of a rise in gun crime in Canada’s largest city.
Police said it was too early to say what prompted the sho

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Gunman wounds 16 in Alabama bar

TUSCALOOSA — A gunman opened fire in a bar in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, early today, wounding at least 16 people, four of them critically, the Tuscaloosa News reported, citing police sources.
The gunman remained at large, and police asked the public for

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Egypt political standoff continues

CAIRO — Brawls broke out in an Egyptian courtroom as judges tried to debate rulings today that could either bolster the country’s new Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, or undermine him in his power struggle with the military.
Mursi’s allies in the

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US drought could hurt corn, soybean prices

CHICAGO — Corn and soybeans in the US Midwest baked in an unrelenting heat wave yesterday with fears rising of big crop losses that will boost food and fuel prices and cut exports and aid from the world’s top shipper of the key crops.
The condition

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Fishy

survivors deny us version of deadly attack on fishing vessel
DUBAI — Indian fishermen who survived a hail of gunfire from a US navy boat off the coast of the United Arab Emirates disputed US claims that their boat drew fire after ignoring warning

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No casualties from high-rise fire

ISTANBUL — A large fire broke out in a 42-storey tower block in central Istanbul today, sending thick smoke billowing into the air before firefighters extinguished the blaze, and there were no reports of casualties, officials said.
Live images on T

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UN wants end to cross border crime

VIENNA — Turnover of cross-border organised crime is about $870 billion a year, more than six times the total of official development aid, and stopping this “threat to peace” is one of the greatest global challenges, a UN agency said today.
The mos

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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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Governors feuding over 'Obamacare'

WILLIAMSBURG — The Supreme Court decision allowing states to opt out of expanding Medicaid, the health insurance programme for the poor, is pitting governor against governor, with Democrats accusing Republicans of being more concerned with election-

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Dire in Damascus

clashes in syrian capital between assad forces and rebels intensify
BEIRUT — Clashes between rebels and government forces erupted for a second day in the Syrian capital today, activists said, in some of the fiercest fighting to hit Damascus since

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North Korea removes military chief

LONDON — North Korean military chief Ri Yong-ho has been removed from all official posts, according to state media.
As well as being head of the army, he was vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission and held top posts in the ruling

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