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‘Nuns on the Bus’ taking America by storm

Signing autographs along the way, a group of Catholic nuns is taking a road trip across America to stand up for the poor. The media-savvy “Nuns on the Bus” tour kicked off in the midwestern state of Iowa on June 17 and is making a slew of stops around the…

World powers meet in bid to halt Syria conflict

World powers meet Saturday in a desperate bid to salvage international envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria to end 16 months of bloodshed and agree on a transition plan for the strife-hit country. Ahead of the multi-nation talks in Geneva, a meeting in Russia between US Secretary of State…

Justice Department will not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder

The US Justice Department said it would not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder over his refusal to hand over documents on a botched gun-running operation to Congress, even after the House of Representatives held him in contempt. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Deputy Attorney General James Cole…

China blocks Xi web searches after Bloomberg report

China blocked web searches on Saturday for the name of leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, a day after cutting access to Bloomberg sites following the agency’s publication of a report on his family’s wealth. Financial newswire Bloomberg used publicly available records to compile a list of investments by Chinese Vice President Xi’s…

Egypt’s Morsi in Tahrir tribute before oath

Egypt’s first elected civilian president, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, played up people power ahead of Saturday’s actual inauguration by first taking a symbolic oath before a huge throng at Tahrir Square. On the eve of his official swearing-in, Morsi praised Egypt’s Muslims and Christians alike Friday in front of crowds that…

Mali’s Islamist rebels threaten to ‘punish’ any attempt at foreign intervention

BAMAKO — An Islamist militant group in lawless northern Mali, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), Friday threatened countries who would join a military intervention force. Mali has been gripped by chaos since disgruntled troops swarmed the capital Bamako in the south in March and ousted…

Solar-powered plane soars over the Moroccan desert

An experimental solar-powered plane, flying without using any fuel, arrived late on Friday in Rabat on a return journey to Switzerland after its successful flight over the Moroccan desert. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse took off from Quarzazate in southern Morocco at 0733 GMT, and touched down in the Moroccan capital…

Ex-assistant to U2 bassist found guilty of stealing $3.5 million from him

DUBLIN — A former personal assistant of U2 bassist Adam Clayton was found guilty on Friday of stealing 2.8 million euros ($3.5 million) from the Irish musician’s bank accounts. Carol Hawkins, 48, was convicted of 181 counts of stealing cheques from the 52-year-old between 2004 and 2008, Irish media reported.…

U.S. to send first ambassador to Myanmar in 22 years

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Friday confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the first US ambassador to Myanmar in more than two decades, the latest step in greater engagement with a nation undergoing dramatic reforms. Derek Mitchell, a veteran US policymaker on Asia, was confirmed by unanimous consent…

Doping charges formally filed against Lance Armstrong

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Friday it has filed formal doping charges against Lance Armstrong that, if proven, would strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. A three-member review panel evaluated evidence gathered by USADA and a reply from Armstrong before unanimously…

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