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U.S., New Zealand leaders bond on trade, security

The United States and New Zealand hailed new cooperation in a once frosty relationship as President Barack Obama called for work on a trans-Pacific trade deal by November. Obama welcomed New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to the White House on Friday, hours after deadly attacks stunned Norway — an…

At least 80 killed in Norway twin attacks: police

Twin shooting and bomb attacks in Oslo and a nearby island have claimed at least 80 lives, a Norwegian police spokesman told AFP on Saturday. “We have confirmation that at least 80 people are dead. We do not exclude a higher toll,” said Are Frykholm. Earlier reports said at least…

James Murdoch under fire as hacking claims widen

James Murdoch was under pressure Saturday over the extent of his knowledge of Britain’s phone-hacking scandal as accusations of tabloid wrongdoing spread beyond the felled News of the World. Prime Minister David Cameron, facing a rough ride over his appointment of former NotW editor Andy Coulson as his media chief,…

UN fears crimes against humanity in Syria

UN officials have said Syrian security forces may have committed crimes against humanity in their crackdown on protesters, as at least eight more civilians were killed in massive protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. The UN concerns were expressed in a statement late Friday by Francis Deng, special adviser to…

World condemns ‘cowardly’ Norway attacks

Western governments lined up to condemn twin attacks in Norway which have claimed at least 87 lives, slamming the “cowardly” perpetrators as they vowed to step up intelligence cooperation. With Norway involved in both the Afghan and Libya campaigns, NATO’s chief said the alliance stood united against the “heinous” acts…

Record-breaking heatwave smothers eastern US

Residents of the Eastern and Central United States braced for another day of scorching heat Saturday as record-breaking temperatures forced Americans to seek refuge in swimming pools and air-conditioned malls. Forecasters predicted little respite at least for another day as a giant heatwave swept across half of the country. Newark,…

Oracle to question Larry Page in Google patent lawsuit

Oracle will get to question Google co-founder Larry Page under terms set by a US judge presiding over a patent suit pitting the business software titan against the Internet giant. Oracle can depose Page “for a maximum of two hours, excluding breaks” regarding the value of Android and whether Google…

Afghan man, Asylum-seeker cuts throat in Australia protest

An asylum seeker cut his throat and dozens more were on hunger strike at an northern Australian detention centre, refugee activists said, taking immigration protests into their fourth day. Two men had cut themselves, “one on his arm and one on his throat”, at the remote Scherger detention centre in…

Depressed lion reunited with longtime partner

BRASILIA — A lion was reunited with his longtime partner Friday at a Brasilia zoo after becoming so depressed by their separation that he stopped eating, Brazilian media reported. Dengo the lion was sedated and his journey from Niteroi’s ZooNit to a facility in Brasilia began with a herculean effort…

NATO probes hacker’s claim of security breach

BRUSSELS — NATO is investigating claims by the hacker group Anonymous that it plundered sensitive data from alliance computers, a NATO official said Friday. “We are aware that Anonymous has claimed to have hacked us and we have security experts investigating these claims,” the official said. “We strongly condemn any…

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