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Fire scars vast nature reserve in Ecuador’s capital

Fire blamed on arson has charred vast areas of a nature reserve in Ecuador’s capital, officials said Monday as they declared the blaze under control. It broke out Sunday in a huge expanse of Quito known as the Parque Metropolitano and it took 800 firefighters, police and soldiers backed by…

Boeing meets with Norwegian Air to discuss Dreamliner’s tech issues

The budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle announced a meeting Monday with aircraft manufacturer Boeing to discuss technical problems with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. “We have called Boeing to a meeting this week in Oslo,” Norwegian spokesperson Aasa Larsson told AFP. “We are going to bring up the latest problems we’ve…

Cuban economist and dissident Oscar Espinosa Chepe dies in Madrid

Cuban-born economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a former member of Havana’s revolutionary government who later became a fierce critic, died in exile Monday in Madrid, his widow told AFP. Espinosa had been in Spain since March to receive medical treatment for a chronic liver ailment, according his wife Miriam Leiva, who…

New WTO chief takes hands-on approach to creating ‘a different mood’

Just three weeks into the job, new World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo hinted Monday at the beginning of a more dynamic era for the body long hampered by deadlocked global trade talks. “I see that there is a different mood at the WTO today. The dynamic is different,” said…

FAA considers easing flight restrictions on smartphone and laptop use

U.S. aviation officials are considering easing restrictions on the use of personal electronics like smartphones, laptop computers and e-readers aboard airplanes, a spokesman said Monday. An advisory panel is meeting behind closed doors on Tuesday and Wednesday to finalize its recommendations for the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of…

Twitter suspends accounts connected to Kenyan mall attack

As gunshots and explosions rocked Nairobi’s Westgate mall, those behind the horrifying attack used Twitter to provide something of a running commentary of events. “What Kenyans are witnessing at #Westgate is retributive justice for crimes committed by their military,” Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab tweeted. The depiction of the attack at the…

Pentagon warns soldiers they might not be paid on time because of Congress

The Pentagon warned its workforce on Monday that it is preparing for a possible government shutdown if Congress fails to break a political impasse. If US government agencies are forced to shutter, American troops around the world would stay on the job and some civilian employees would be ordered on…

Ten Commandments statue outside Supreme Court toppled by vandals

A monument of the Ten Commandments erected by Faith and Action, an evangelical Christian group, was toppled over the weekend. The statue faces the private entrance to the Supreme Court, and many congresspeople and their staff members must pass it on their way into nearby office buildings. The founder of…

Guardian editor: Internet makes global snooping possible, but harder to hide

Alan Rusbridger keeps a memento of the most bizarre thing that’s happened to him during his journalism career. The Guardian editor carries a piece of the smashed MacBook circuit board destroyed at the order of British intelligence agents during their investigation into the newspaper’s reporting on the U.S government’s massive…

John Kerry: We stand with the Kenyan people

The United States is monitoring the bloody siege in a Kenyan shopping mall and will stand with the country’s people in the days ahead, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. “Ruthless and valueless terrorists remain a serious challenge everywhere in the world as we all know, whether…

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