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Obama delay ‘unacceptable’: Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama must not wait until his re-election bid is resolved to take action to stop the slaughter of thousands in Syria, the head of the main Syrian opposition group said Sunday. “We would like to say to President Obama that waiting for election day to…

McCartney & Springsteen run afoul of London curfew

Aging rockers Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney were silenced on Saturday night after over-running at a gig in London’s Hyde Park. Ex-Beatle McCartney had joined Springsteen onstage at the end of the US star’s headline slot at Hard Rock Calling, but both found their microphones cut off before they could…

More than 381,000 infected in Chinese outbreak

The Chinese province of Hunan urged parents on Sunday to seek immediate treatment for children showing symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease after official figures showed 112 people died from the illness last month. The disease, which children are especially vulnerable to, also infected more than 381,000 people, the…

Scientology reels from Tom Cruise divorce PR blow

LOS ANGELES — The Church of Scientology has remained tight-lipped about Tom Cruise’s shock divorce, grappling with a PR blow which has revived questions about the controversial celebrity-friendly religion. The Church has made barely a single comment since Katie Holmes dropped her June 28 bombshell on the Hollywood A-lister, probably…

North Korea’s Kim again seen with mystery lady

SEOUL — A smartly dressed woman seen with Kim Jong-Un at recent public events was Sunday again shown on state television accompanying the North Korean leader, increasing speculation that she could be his wife. The short-haired brunette was first shown with Kim earlier this month, but official media has not…

Tough summer ahead for markets, analysts forecast

PARIS — Despite making progress, the eurozone debt crisis remains unsolved and, in a repeat of last summer, could still bring nasty surprises to global stock markets in July and August, analysts said. In measuring up the coming summer weeks, “market sentiment is extremely negative,” said Alexandre Hezez, a trader…

Syria denies Treimsa village ‘massacre’

DAMASCUS — Syria’s regime on Sunday denied its forces used tanks and helicopters in an assault on Treimsa, saying what happened in the central village was the result of clashes with rebels and not a “massacre.” Foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said 39 people were killed in Treimsa on Thursday,…

French First Lady vows to think twice before tweeting

PARIS — French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has said she will now think twice before tweeting, a month after she used the microblogging site to undermine her rival, the president’s former partner. Trierweiler sent out a tweet wishing good luck to an opponent of Segolene Royal — Francois Hollande’s ex-partner…

Japan offers glimpse of history in MacArthur’s office

For six years US General Douglas MacArthur was lord of all he surveyed as supreme commander of the Allied forces in occupied Japan, gazing over Tokyo from a building requisitioned from an insurance company. Now, more than 60 years after Japan began governing itself again, his office is being opened…

GMO in sport: Genetically Modified Olympians?

As athletes get ready to smash Olympic records in London, scientists are in a high-stakes race of their own to develop a test that will unmask anyone altering their genes in a desperate quest for gold. Observers said science will not prevail in time for the games that start on…

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