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Europe braces for Greek election

Not only Greece but also Europe braced on Saturday for an election here that polls indicate will fail to produce a clear winner, and which markets worry will plunge the eurozone into fresh turmoil. In comments widely quoted by Greek newspapers on the eve of Sunday’s vote, German Finance Minister…

Medvedev quits Kremlin with a whimper

When the Kremlin door slams shut on Dmitry Medvedev after Vladimir Putin returns to the presidency on May 7, the sound reverberating off the ancient red-brick walls may be one of bitter failure. Post-Soviet Russia is set to remember its only one-term president as a man whose biggest achievement was…

Air Force pilots refuse to fly F-22 over safety fears

WASHINGTON — Two F-22 pilots say they have stopped flying the US Air Force’s most advanced fighter jet because of safety fears over the aircraft’s oxygen system, according to a CBS television “60 Minutes” report. The F-22 Raptor was grounded last year after a spate of incidents with pilots suffering…

SpaceX to send unmanned cargo mission to ISS on May 19

WASHINGTON — SpaceX said Friday it will attempt to send a cargo-loaded spacecraft to the International Space Station on May 19 after a series of delays, the latest over software issues. “SpaceX and NASA are nearing completion of the software assurance process, and SpaceX is submitting a request to the…

Exploding hydrogen balloons at Armenian political rally injure many

YEREVAN — More than 140 people were injured on Friday when gas-filled balloons exploded at a governing party campaign concert in the Armenian capital ahead of parliamentary polls on Sunday, officials said. The emergencies ministry said 144 people suffered burns when scores of promotional balloons burst into flames at a…

Canada quits making pennies

Canada’s last penny was struck Friday at The Royal Canadian Mint’s manufacturing facility and will become a museum piece as the one-cent coins are withdrawn from circulation. “For over a hundred years, the penny played an important role in Canada’s coinage system,” said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. “Although the cost…

Colombian prostitute said Secret Service agents withheld $800 for services

One of the Colombian prostitutes involved in a sex scandal with US Secret Service agents broke her silence Friday to tell how she had begged for hours to be paid $800 for her services. “I told him, there’s a problem here. Because if I had come with you to enjoy…

2 arrested in Britain on charges of genital mutilation

Two people were arrested in Britain’s second city of Birmingham on Friday after a media report that medics and alternative practitioners had offered to perform female genital mutilation. West Midlands Police said they had arrested two men aged 55 and 61 on suspicion of offences under the Female Genital Mutilation…

U.S. indicates Chen will be leaving China soon and given ‘priority attention’

The United States said Friday that China had indicated it would let blind activist Chen Guangcheng and his family leave the country soon, raising hopes of a resolution to a damaging diplomatic crisis. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said China would expedite travel documents for the rights campaigner, who escaped…

14 people fall ill from contact with tainted dog food

Tainted dog food has sickened at least 14 people in the United States, health officials said Friday. “Humans can become ill by handling pet products contaminated with salmonella, and by coming in contact with pets or with surfaces that have been contaminated,” Ohio’s health department said in a statement. Health…

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