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Chavez surgery in Cuba said to be successful

HAVANA — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was in good condition Tuesday after surgeons in Cuba removed a lesion from the pelvic area where they cut out a cancerous tumor last year, Vice President Elias Jaua said. “The diagnosed pelvic lesion was totally extracted,” said Jaua, adding that that “surrounding tissue”…

State Department to hold first Twitter briefing in Spanish

WASHINGTON — The US State Department said Tuesday it will hold its first Twitter briefing in Spanish, as part of its policy of using new social media to reach out to the international community. Hosting the briefing at 2 pm Thursday in Washington, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public…

Ohio school shooting ‘unforgivable’: White House

WASHINGTON — The high school shooting in Ohio that killed three students was “terrible and unforgivable,” the White House said Tuesday, adding that it was too early to know if it was linked to bullying. The alleged shooter, a 17-year-old student, opened fire Monday with a handgun on a group…

Chevron claims tribunal support in Ecuador fight

WASHINGTON — Chevron on Tuesday claimed the backing of an international tribunal in its fight to prevent Ecuador from enforcing a pollution fine against it that could top $18 billion. The panel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled that it has the jurisdiction to hear the…

U.S. Supreme Court tackles Nigeria-Shell rights case

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit accusing Royal Dutch Shell of human rights abuses, a case that could make corporations liable for acts of torture or genocide overseas. The plaintiffs — relatives of seven Nigerians killed by the country’s former military regime — sued…

Union of Concerned Scientists: U.S. nuclear oversight too lax

WASHINGTON — A study of safety lapses at nuclear power facilities in the United States found that owners of atomic plants too often either close an eye to problems or fail to adequately address them, a watchdog group said Tuesday. The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in…

Interpol swoop nets 25 suspected ‘Anonymous’ hackers

Interpol has arrested 25 suspected members of the ‘Anonymous’ hackers group in a swoop on over a dozen cities in Europe and Latin America, the global police body said Tuesday. “Operation Unmask was launched in mid-February following a series of coordinated cyber-attacks originating from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain,” said…

‘Unprecedented’ insider trading probe involves 120 people: report

NEW YORK — US authorities are actively building cases against 120 people accused of insider trading in an expanding and possibly unprecedented criminal probe, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The Journal said the investigation comes after a series of successful prosecutions of insider trading, with 66 people charged since…

Two wounded journalists safely escape Syria

Wounded British photographer Paul Conroy and French reporter Edith Bouvier, who had been trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, were both safe in Lebanon on Tuesday, officials said, as Syrian forces pounded the city for a 25th straight day. “The information we have is that both arrived overnight…

London Occupy camp cleared from outside St. Paul’s

Police tore down the anti-capitalist camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London early Tuesday, arresting 20 people as they brought a swift end to the last major Occupy protest around the world. Dozens of police officers and bailiffs moved in shortly after midnight Monday and within hours the encampment, which sprung up in…

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