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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…

‘Angry Birds’ maker to launch ‘Bad Piggies’ follow-up

Rovio, the Finnish makers of the world’s most-downloaded mobile app, “Angry Birds”, will launch a new game called “Bad Piggies” on September 27, the company said Tuesday. “This innovative game turns the franchise on its head by letting the fans play as the pigs,” Rovio said in a statement. The…

Pentagon: Navy SEAL book contains classified information

The Pentagon said Tuesday a new book by a former Navy SEAL on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information, an allegation that could expose the author to prosecution. The Defense Department has already threatened legal action over “No Easy Day,” which went on sale in book stores Tuesday, but officials had previously…

Ahmadinejad admits Iran has ‘problems’ selling oil

Iran has “problems” exporting its oil, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad admitted on Tuesday, but he said his government was determined to overcome that and other challenges posed by Western economic sanctions. “There are some problems in selling oil and we are trying to manage it,” he said in an interview broadcast live on state television.…

Mexico captures head of notorious drug-trafficking Gulf Cartel

Mexican marines have captured Mario Cardenas Guillen, a leader of the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico’s notorious drug trafficking organizations, the navy said Tuesday. Known as “El Gordo” (“The Fat One”), Cardenas Guillen was detained on Monday in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, which borders Texas, said navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara.…

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