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North Caucasus rebels deny link to Boston Marathon attack: website

A website used by Russia’s North Caucasus rebels denied Sunday any link to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings that have been blamed on two ethnic-Chechen suspects. “The command of the Vilayat Dagestan mujahedeen… declares that the Caucasus fighters are not waging any military activities against the United States of America,”…

Oil buyers owe $4 billion to Iran that cannot be paid because of sanctions: top official

Iran is owed $4 billion for oil sales to customers who have been unable to pay because of sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme, a top Iranian oil official said on Sunday. “We have been unable to get paid around four billion dollars due to the…

Tsegaye Kebede and Priscah Jeptoo win emotional London Marathon that included tribute to Boston victims

Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede and Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya triumphed at a sombre London Marathon on Sunday, as runners paid tribute to the victims of the deadly bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon. Kebede hunted down 2011 champion Emmanuel Mutai to win the men’s race, while Jeptoo surged to victory in…

North Korea moves two more missile launchers: report

North Korea has moved two more missile launchers to its east coast, where preparations are apparently under way for a missile test as tensions simmer on the peninsula, a report said. Expectations had been high that Pyongyang would carry out a test to coincide with celebrations marking the birth of…

18-year-old headed for Syria arrested by FBI on terror charges in Chicago

A US man allegedly planning to engage in terrorism in Syria was arrested at a Chicago airport after months of surveillance, the FBI said. There is “no connection between this case and the events that occurred over the last several days in Boston,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in…

Amsterdam forced Jews to pay rent while in WWII concentration camps

Amsterdam council has vowed to probe revelations that it forced Jews returning from World War II concentration camps to pay rent arrears, even if their homes had been destroyed or occupied by Nazis. The scandal, involving an unknown number of Jews and non-Jews living in city-owned properties, was uncovered by…

World Bank president vows to ‘eradicate’ poverty within a generation

The IMF and World Bank on Saturday backed a bold Bank goal to eradicate extreme poverty within a generation and raise the shared prosperity of their 188 member countries. The Development Committee, representing the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on development issues, said it had endorsed the “ambitious”…

Venezuelan election official: Maduro’s victory will stand despite audit

An audit of election returns cannot overturn Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduros’s win, a top election official said Saturday, warning the opposition against creating “false expectations.” “The results were given. They were given on April 14. They are public. You can verify them on the official website of the National Electoral…

African ministers say the region is ready to ‘contribute to the global growth’

Africa’s economic outlook is brighter than ever and the continent is positioned to help boost global growth for the first time in history, African officials said Saturday. Speaking on the sidelines of the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, officials from Cameroon and Nigeria…

Paraguayan senator mistakenly catches corruption in his own party

A video in which an opposition legislator and government officials discuss purchasing votes created a stir on the eve of elections in Paraguay, which has a long history of rampant corruption. The video clip, broadcast on the ABC website, shows a conservative Colorado Party senator striking an agreement with two…

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