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UK recession deepens

LONDON — The UK recession has deepened, latest official figures have shown, after the output of the economy fell by 0.7 per cent between April and June.
The contraction was much bigger than expected and follows a 0.3 per cent drop in the first thre

Ghana president passes away

ACCRA — Ghana’s President John Atta Mills has died unexpectedly.

Phone-hacking charges coming

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief and Rupert Murdoch’s former UK newspaper boss are to be charged with phone-hacking offences in the most significant development in a scandal that has rocked Britain’s establishment. Prosecutors said today that Andy Coulson, Cameron’s communications director for four years until 2011, and Rebekah Brooks, who oversaw Murdoch’s […]

Raging on

BEIRUT — Syrian troops fought rebels trying to seize central Aleppo today and quelled a jail mutiny on the outskirts of the northern city, killing 15 prisoners, opposition activists said. After a week of bloody battles between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and his opponents in Damascus, fighting intensified in Aleppo, a commercial city that long […]

Egypt names new prime minister

CAIRO — President Mohamed Mursi has asked Hisham Kandil, a relatively young water minister little known outside Egypt, to form a new government, disappointing investors who had hoped for a high-profile economy specialist. Kandil was a senior bureaucrat in the ministry until he was appointed minister in July last year after the fall of President […]

Taking no chances

LONDON — More than 1,000 troops who had been on standby to bolster security at the Olympic Games have been deployed.

Assad forces retake captured districts

Syrian tank destroyed by rebels. DAMASCUS — Syrian troops have driven rebel fighters out of two districts of Damascus a week after the insurgents launched a major assault on the capital. Government troops retook control of the Damascus neighbourhood of Mezzeh yesteray and executed at least 20 unarmed men who they suspected of aiding rebels, […]

Obama offers message of comfort

AURORA — President Barack Obama met with friends and family of the Colorado movie theater shooting victims yesterday as the town of Aurora mourned the 12 who died. Obama joined local officials and residents in refusing to utter the name of the alleged shooter, James Eagan Holmes. Police say Holmes, 24, was dressed in body […]

Australia police probe text scam

QUEENSLAND — Police agencies across Australia put out alerts today declaring as fake text messages and emails sent to thousands of Australians that said they had two days to pay $5,000 or die. “Do not respond,” said Detective Superintendent Brian Hay of the Queensland Police Service. “Delete it immediately and don’t panic, because that’s what […]

Aquino stands firm over dispute

MANILA — Philippine President Benigno Aquino refused to budge today on a territorial dispute with China, asking Beijing to respect Manila’s rights in the South China Sea and announcing plans to upgrade military capabilities. Addressing a joint session of the Philippine Congress for the third time since his election in 2010, Aquino asked the Filipino […]

Truck crash kills 14

DALLAS — A pickup truck jammed with suspected illegal immigrants crashed into a tree along a rural Texas highway yesterday, killing 14 passengers and injuring 9 others, police said. The one-vehicle crash on Highway 59 near Goliad, Texas, some 80 miles south of San Antonio near the Gulf of Mexico coastline, was the second fatal […]

Scores die in Iraq blasts

BAGHDAD — A string of bomb attacks and shootings in Baghdad and north of the capital has killed at least 91 people, say security and medical officials. Many of those killed were security forces – who appear to have been a prime target, correspondents say. One of the worst-hit places was Taji, a Sunni neighbourhood […]

Suspect silent

COLORADO – The man accused of killing a dozen people in a Colorado movie theatre during a showing of the new ‘Batman’ film gave little away in his first court appearance today, sitting silently in a red jailhouse jump suit and with his hair dyed bright red. James Eagan Holmes, 24, who was detained immediately […]

Fourth bomb victim dies in Syria

BEIRUT — A fourth member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle died today from a bomb attack this week and his forces fought to recapture border posts and parts of Damascus from rebels who have converged on the capital. As refugees flooded across Syria’s borders and UN officials said they had heard banks in […]

Movie massacre

DENVER — The man suspected of shooting up an Aurora, Colorado movie theater screening the new Batman film early today, killing 12 and wounding 59, also left his apartment rigged with traps, police said. “It’s booby trapped with various incindiery and chemical devices and trip wires,” Aurora police chief Dan Oates said, adding that it […]

Protesting nuclear power

TOKYO — In a rare move by a former Japanese prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama joined a boisterous anti-nuclear demonstration outside his old office today, a fresh sign that the ruling party he once led is fracturing over energy and other policies. Japan’s debate over nuclear power has become increasingly heated after incumbent Prime Minister Yoshihiko […]

Kim Jong-un to reform North Korea economy

BEIJING — Impoverished North Korea is gearing up to experiment with agricultural and economic reforms after young leader Kim Jong-un and his powerful uncle purged the country’s top general for opposing change, a source with ties to both Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the cabinet had created a special bureau to take […]