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Former FBI agent pleads guilty to leaking secrets to the Associated Press

A former FBI agent is pleading guilty to charges he leaked secrets to journalists about a failed Al-Qaeda plot in a case marked by the controversial seizure of reporters’ phone records, US prosecutors said Monday. The ex-agent, Donald Sachtleben, “willfully disclosed … national defense information to a person not authorized…

Iranian president Rowhani approached by American prisoners’ supporters

Supporters of two U.S. citizens jailed in Iran appealed for their freedom Monday as President Hassan Rowhani arrived for the U.N. General Assembly, with one handing him a letter. Rowhani, seen as a moderate, is paying a closely watched visit to the annual United Nations meeting as he seeks to…

World Bank devotes $700 million to women and childrens’ health

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced Monday that at least $700 million would be made available over the next two years for women’s and children’s health needs in poor countries. Speaking at the United Nations, Kim said the money was to help developing countries meet the targets of the…

Chrysler files for public stock offering

U.S. automaker Chrysler filed papers Monday to return to the markets with a public offering, as a workers’ retirement fund sought to sell its shares in the company. The UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, known as the VEBA Trust, is selling its shares after failed negotiations to agree a price…

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…

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