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Study: Unemployment crisis in Italy hits immigrants the worst

Immigrants are being hit harder than Italians by the country’s unemployment crisis, a new report showed Monday, saying the figures were “extremely worrying” and could lead to “major social destabilisation”. The report said the number of unemployed foreigners in the country was currently 385,000 — up from 220,000 at the…

Britain’s fraud office charges two bankers in Libor manipulation scandal

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office said Monday that two former brokers have been charged with conspiring to manipulate the Libor interbank lending rate. “Terry Farr and James Gilmour, former brokers at RP Martin Holdings Limited, have today been charged with offences of conspiracy to defraud in connection with the investigation by…

UN official: Cyberwar is a reality the world must fight

The international community must wake up to the reality of cyberwar and strive to find ways to stem it, the head of the UN’s telecommunications agency said Monday. “There is a cyberwar going on,” Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the International Telecommunication Union, said during a cybersecurity debate at the…

Blistering heatwave to bake American northeast for rest of the week

Weather service warns of temperatures pushing 100F all week for millions of people from Great Lakes to New York City An excessive heat warning was issued in parts of the US east coast on Monday as the National Weather Service warned that a heatwave will create dangerous conditions for millions…

Judge stays Georgia’s planned execution of mentally disabled Warren Hill

Update: A Fulton County judge issued a stay of Hill’s execution on Monday afternoon, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. State uses secret law to obtain lethal drug pentobarbital from compounding pharmacy as lawyers claim breach of eighth amendment The state of Georgia was due to execute an intellectually disabled man…

Kerry will return to Middle East to push Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the Middle East this week to push for Israel-Palestinian peace talks and will meet Mahmud Abbas, a Palestinian official said Monday. “It is expected that (Palestinian) president Abbas and Kerry will meet in Amman,” the official told AFP on condition of…

Putin: Snowden will leave as soon as he’s able to

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been stuck in a Moscow airport for three weeks, would leave Russia as soon as he is able. He also accused Washington of preventing the fugitive from leaving Russia after he arrived from Hong Kong on…

French stamp draws fire for portraying feminist famous for topless protests

A new stamp emblazoned with the face of Marianne, France’s revolutionary symbol, has caused a stir after its creator said it was inspired by a Ukrainian feminist known for topless protests. The stamp, unveiled by President Francois Hollande on Sunday’s national day, shows the face of a youthful, dewy-eyed Marianne…

15-year-old girl killed in shark attack on Reunion island in Indian Ocean

SAINT-DENIS DE LA REUNION, France — A teenage girl tourist was killed in a shark attack on Monday while swimming off the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, the second such attack this year in the French overseas territory. Local officials said the 15-year-old was attacked in the mid-afternoon while swimming…

Former U.S. officials urge Obama to engage in diplomacy with Iran’s new president

Former US officials called Monday for President Barack Obama to pursue diplomacy with Iran’s new president after Israel showed a hard line over Tehran’s nuclear program. In their latest letter to Obama, the ex-policymakers said the election of centrist cleric Hassan Rowhani, who will assume the presidency on August 3,…

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