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U.S. ‘concerned’ about Bahrain’s ban on public protests

The United States on Wednesday voiced concern at Bahrain’s ban on all protests and public gatherings, urging the Gulf state to find a way to allow peaceful demonstrations to resume. “The United States is deeply concerned by the Bahraini government’s decision to ban all public gatherings. Freedoms of assembly, association…

Chrysler chief slams Romney for ‘inaccurate’ Jeep ad

DETROIT, Michigan — Chrysler’s chief on Tuesday joined a chorus of critics slamming Mitt Romney for an ad that implies Jeep is shipping American jobs to China as a result of President Barack Obama’s policies. The ad is airing in the critical battleground of Ohio, where one in eight jobs…

Mexican man pleads guilty in ‘Fast and Furious’ killing

LOS ANGELES — A Mexican pleaded guilty over the killing of a US border agent that threw a spotlight on the United States’ controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation, prosecutors said. In a plea deal, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes admitted to first degree murder in court in Tucson, Arizona in connection with…

Father of flying fish found in China: palaeontologists

PARIS — Palaeontologists in China say they have found the world’s oldest flying fish, a strange, snub-nosed creature that glided over water in a bid to evade predators some 240 million years ago. Fossils in Chinese museum collections have been dusted off, dated and categorised to reveal that the flying…

Two NATO troops killed in Afghan insider attack

KABUL — Two soldiers in the NATO-led coalition fighting insurgents in Afghanistan were shot dead Tuesday by a man in an Afghan police uniform, the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force said. It is the latest in a series of insider attacks that have seriously undermined trust between NATO forces and…

Link between cyclones and climate change unclear: scientists

PARIS — Was Hurricane Sandy caused by climate change? This was the contention Tuesday of Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York state, which bore the brunt of the superstorm. “Anyone who thinks there isn’t a change in weather patterns is denying reality,” he said. Many climate scientists would agree with…

Libya assembly stormed in new blow to forming government

TRIPOLI — Protesters stormed Libya’s national assembly on Tuesday derailing a vote on a cabinet line-up in a new blow to efforts to form a government after a landmark July election. As he adjourned the session amid chaotic scenes, assembly president Mohammed Megaryef angrily denounced a situation he said was…

Free yoga awaits Washington voters on election day

WASHINGTON — A yoga studio in Washington said Tuesday it will give free classes to anyone who casts his or her ballot in next week’s US elections. Flow Yoga Center said it was throwing open the doors to its Astanga Mysore, Pilates, Prana Flow and Vinyasa Flow classes next Tuesday…

The show must go on: New York’s Broadway to reopen

NEW YORK — Most of the shows in New York’s iconic Broadway theater district are to reopen on Wednesday, after being suspended as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the city, the Broadway League said. Some of the city’s most popular shows, including Jersey Boys and The Book of Mormon, were…

Spotlight off Romney as Obama’s response to storm takes center stage

KITTERING, Ohio — Barack Obama spent Tuesday deploying the vast tools of his presidency to combat a raging super storm ravaging the East Coast; rival Mitt Romney took in cans of soup and mandarin oranges for victims. “Wow, that’s heavy! Good to meet you,” Romney said as he took a…

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