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Romney skips Colorado rally after small plane crash

BURLINGTON, Massachusetts — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney canceled a campaign rally scheduled in Colorado on Sunday after a crash at the airport where his plane was due to land later in the day. “Due to a plane crash involving a small aircraft at the Pueblo airport that is under…

How artificial intelligence is changing our lives

How artificial intelligence is changing our lives In Silicon Valley, Nikolas Janin rises for his 40-minute commute to work just like everyone else. The shop manager and fleet technician at Google gets dressed and heads out to his Lexus RX 450h for the trip on California’s clotted freeways. That’s when…

No plans to bolster U.S. forces in the Middle East: Panetta

TOKYO — The US military has no major plans to bolster its forces in the Middle East despite a week of violent protests targeting diplomatic outposts, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday. With a substantial force already deployed in the region coupled with two US Marine counter-terrorism teams sent to…

U.S.-Israeli gap on Iran nukes widens

WASHINGTON — The gap between Israel and the United States on Iran widened Sunday as Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Tehran was 90 percent toward a nuclear weapon and insisted on a “red line” from Washington. The Israeli leader, speaking on two US political talk shows, pressed the need for a…

First gay Hong Kong lawmaker seeks legalization of same sex marriage

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s first openly gay lawmaker is known as “Slow Beat” from his days as a disc jockey, but Raymond Chan says there is nothing slow about his plans to reform the Asian banking hub. Chan publicly revealed his sexuality only after winning a seat in the…

Scientists plead for urgent action to tackle the growing dementia crisis

Urgent action needs to be taken across society to halt the spiralling numbers of dementia cases in the UK, doctors and scientists have warned. Measures should include boosting numbers of people who donate their brain to research banks, increasing dementia research funds and encouraging young researchers to work in the…

Libya arrests 50 after U.S. ambassador’s killing

WASHINGTON — Libyan authorities have arrested about 50 people after last week’s killing of US ambassador Chris Stevens in a mob attack in the city of Benghazi, Libya’s parliament chief said Sunday, saying it was planned by foreigners. “The number reached about 50,” Mohammed al-Megaryef, president of the Libyan National…

Iran admits its elite forces operating in Syria

DAMASCUS — Syrian troops on Sunday fought rebel fighters in the country’s two main cities Damascus and Aleppo, as Iran acknowledged for the first time it has elite forces present in Syria and Lebanon as “counsellors.” The relentless violence affected the start on Sunday of the educational year, with activists…

30,000 swimmers celebrate sea goddess in Taiwan

TAIPEI — About 30,000 people swam a 3.3-kilometre (2.2-mile) route across a scenic lake in central Taiwan on Sunday in celebration of a Taoist sea goddess. An idol of the goddess Matsu was placed on a one-tonne wooden vessel painted in gold which then sailed across Sun Moon Lake, pushed…

Asian territory disputes could trigger war: Panetta

TOKYO — China and other Asian countries could end up at war over territorial disputes if governments keep up their “provocative behaviour”, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday. Speaking to reporters before arriving in Tokyo on a trip to Asia, Panetta appealed for restraint amid mounting tensions over territorial…

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