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Cameron hosts Putin

LONDON — Black belt Russian President Vladimir Putin locked horns with British leader David Cameron over Syria and human rights during a day of judo diplomacy at the Olympics today at a time when relations between their two nations are strained. Cameron pushed the former KGB spy, to take a tougher line on Syria, Russia’s […]

Doc warned university about shooter

DENVER — A psychiatrist who treated the former graduate student accused of killing 12 people in a shooting rampage at a movie theatre in Colorado warned her university about him more than a month before the massacre, a published report said yesterday. Dr Lynne Fenton notified a so-called threat-assessment team at the University of Colorado, […]

Heavy fighting continues in Syrian cities

ALEPPO — Syrian rebels turned the gun of a captured tank against government forces today, shelling a military airbase expected to be used as a staging post for army reinforcements in the battle for Aleppo. President Bashar al-Assad’s troops meanwhile bombarded the strategic Salaheddine district in Aleppo itself with tank and artillery fire while rebels […]

No bail for arson suspect

LOS ANGELES — A California professor accused of setting a string of fires following his son’s suicide has been ordered held without bail after prosecutors said he wrote emails threatening to burn down the boy’s school and kill administrators and students in a shooting rampage. Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at […]

Teen kills eight in knife attack

BEIJING — A teenager has killed eight people and wounded five others in a knife attack in China’s Liaoning province, state media says. The attack happened late yesterday in Yongling township, a Xinhua report said. Those killed included two relatives of the suspect’s girlfriend and six other people, the report said. The injured were receiving […]

670 m. in the dark

  NEW DELHI — Half of India’s 1.2 billion people were without power today as the grids covering a dozen states broke down, the second major blackout in as many days and an embarrassment for the government as it struggles to revive economic growth. Stretching from Assam, near China, to the Himalayas and the deserts […]

Former policeman's murder trial begins

JOLIET, Illinois — Opening statements began today in the trial of a former suburban Chicago policeman charged with murdering his third wife found dead in a bathtub in 2004, after suspicions were raised when his fourth wife disappeared three years la

Arafat's widow wants murder probe

PARIS — Yasser Arafat’s widow asked a French court today to launch a murder investigation into the death of the Palestinian leader, after a report suggested he was poisoned by a radioactive element before his death in a Paris military hospital in 2004. Arafat was flown to France in October 2004 from his battered headquarters, […]

Exchanging oil for planes

BRASILIA — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his country might sell crude oil to Brazil, which may in turn sell commercial aircraft to the Andean nation, as part of renewed trade ties between the two countries. Chavez, who visited Brazil after a long struggle with cancer, said his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, had expressed enthusiasm […]

Australia net record drug bust

Four Hong Kong nationals and three Australian residents were also arrested in raids in Sydney yesterday. Over half a tonne of drugs, including 306kg of crystal methamphetamine – also known as “ice” – and 252kg of heroin, were seized. The haul is the largest seizure of “ice” and the third largest seizure of heroin, police […]

Syrian rebels soak up intensified attacks

ALEPPO — Syrian helicopter gunships and artillery pounded two key areas of Aleppo today, extending the army’s campaign to control the country’s biggest city, but rebel fighters said troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had been forced to retreat. Heavy gunfire sounded from the Salaheddine district in the southwest of the city, where rebels denied […]

Dust storm leaves thousands in the dark

A freakish dust storm plowed through Arizona last weekend. The enormous cloud, known as a haboob – Arabic for “strong wind” – blew through Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix last Saturday, knocking out power for about 9,000 people in the region. Though more common in the deserts of Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Australia, haboobs […]

30 killed in train blaze

NEW DELHI — A Chennai-bound express train caught fire today in a pre-dawn accident in Andhra Pradesh, killing at least 30 passengers. The fire broke out in a coach of the Tamil Nadu Express near Nellore, around 500 kilometres from Hyderabad, when most of the passengers were asleep. “As per reports, 30 people have died […]

Three on trial for anti-Putin protest

MOSCOW — Three women who protested against Vladimir Putin in a “punk prayer” on the altar of Russia’s main cathedral went on trial today in a case seen as a test of the longtime leader’s treatment of dissent during a new presidential term. The women from the band Pussy Riot face up to seven years […]

Assad forces make inroads

  ALEPPO, Syria — Artillery and mortar fire reverberated across Aleppo early today and a military helicopter clattered towards a district that the Syrian army said it had recaptured from rebels in battles for control of Syria’s biggest city. Hospitals and makeshift clinics in rebel-held areas in the east of the city were filling up […]

Uganda Ebola outbreak spreads

KAMPALA — Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has called on people to avoid physical contact, after the deadly Ebola virus spread to the capital, Kampala. Fourteen people have died, including one in Kampala, since the outbreak began in western Uganda three weeks ago, he said in a special broadcast. Ebola is one of the most virulent […]

Iranian court sentences four to death

DUBAI – An Iranian court has sentenced four people to death for their roles in a billion-dollar banking fraud scandal that forced bank executives out of their jobs and tainted the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, state media reported today. The embezzlement case, discovered in September 2011, revolved around forged documents allegedly used by the […]