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Julian Assange backers could lose $540,000 in bail money

Celebrity backers of Julian Assange have lost £200,000 in bail money they put up for the WikiLeaks founder, it has been confirmed. At a hearing at Westminster magistrates court on Tuesday, district judge Howard Riddle adjourned a further hearing until October to decide whether nine other backers should also lose…

Republicans slam Obama as debt tops $16 trillion

WASHINGTON — Republicans pinned America’s “crushing” fiscal burden squarely on President Barack Obama on Tuesday after the national debt passed $16 trillion just before the Democratic National Convention opened. The US debt stood at $10.6 trillion when Obama took office in 2009, but by implementing an economic stimulus plan aimed…

Facebook stock slide continues

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook stock hit a new low on Tuesday, with the world’s leading social network having lost more than $50 billion dollars in market value since it became a publicly traded company in May. Facebook shares closed on the Nasdaq at $17.73, up slightly from the record low…

Study dismisses link between vitamin D, cholesterol

WASHINGTON — Taking vitamin D supplements does nothing to lower cholesterol levels, at least in the short term, according to a study published on Tuesday in an American Heart Association journal. Medical researchers led by Manish Ponda of the Rockefeller University in New York studied 151 people with vitamin D…

U.S. ‘troubled’ as Bahrain upholds activists’ sentences

WASHINGTON — The United States said Tuesday it was “deeply troubled” after a Bahrain appeals court upheld jail terms against 13 leading activists over charges of plotting to overthrow the Gulf monarchy. The US urged Bahrain “to abide by its commitment to respect detainees’ right to due process and to…

Peace envoy calls Syria death toll ‘staggering’

UNITED NATIONS — New UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Tuesday the death toll in Syria was “staggering” and destruction from its war “catastrophic” in his first comments to the UN General Assembly. Brahimi said he would go to Damascus “in a few days” and that a united international stance…

‘Latino Barack Obama’ gets national spotlight

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — A telegenic young Texas mayor seen as a Latino Barack Obama in the making, Julian Castro, on Tuesday becomes the first Hispanic to make the keynote speech at the Democratic convention. The 37-year-old mayor of San Antonio, the second-largest city in the Lone Star State, told…

Nokia launches mobile streaming music

NEW YORK — Nokia said Tuesday it was launching a free music streaming service for US customers with its Lumia handsets, without ads, as the Finnish firm seeks to gain traction in the smartphone market. The announcement came a day ahead of a news event with Nokia and US giant…

Republicans leap on Obama giving himself an ‘incomplete’ grade on economy

Republicans keen to disrupt Barack Obama’s run-in to his big convention speech pounced Tuesday after the president awarded himself only a grade of “incomplete” on fixing the ravaged economy. The US leader was in politically contested territory in Virginia to hold his final rally before heading to the Democratic National Convention, which his wife…

Spain and Morocco deport illegal migrants from islet

Spanish and Moroccan security forces launched a night operation lasting into the early hours on Tuesday to evict 73 illegal migrantsfrom a tiny islet just off Morocco, officials said. Spain’s Guardia Civil police acted after scores of African migrantslanded in the past week on the bare, rocky surface of Isla de Tierra, Spanish sovereign territory…

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