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Neil Armstrong’s death prompts yearning for America’s past glories

Death of first man on the moon sparks tributes and expressions of regret over comparative lack of space travel since 1972 The death of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has prompted a bout of soul-searching about America’s national destiny as well as mourning for an…

Samsung shares plunge after Apple patent ruling

South Korea’s Samsung sought Monday to rally employees after a $1.05 billion US court judgment in favor of arch-rival Apple pushed its shares sharply lower amid fears about the fallout in the key American market. Samsung shares tumbled 7.5 percent, the biggest single-day percentage drop the electronics giant has seen…

Chavez dodges blame as Venezuela refinery fire continues

Venezuelan firefighters battled Monday to extinguish a devastating fire at the country’s main oil refinery as President Hugo Chavez slammed reports that poor maintenance was to blame. The Venezuelan leader promised an investigation into Saturday’s tragedy that left 41 people dead – a gas leak is the suspected cause –…

Iraqi general among three dead in new attacks

Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi border forces brigadier general on Monday, among three people killed and six wounded in nationwide violence, security and medical officials said. Brigadier General Abdul Hussein Mohsen was gunned down by several armed men while he was in the town of Taji, just north of Baghdad,…

Strong earthquake shakes El Salvador

A strong 7.3 earthquake shook an area in the Pacific Ocean off El Salvador early Monday, prompting a brief tsunami warning for the region that was later lifted, US officials said. The epicenter of the tremor, which occurred at 0437 GMT, was located 111 kilometers (69 miles) south of the…

British helicopter hunt for ‘lion on the loose in Essex’

British police on Monday deployed firearms officers and a helicopter as they launched a lion hunt following reports of a cat-like beast roaming in a field in Essex. “The large cat, believed to be a lion, was seen in fields off Earls Hall Drive in St Oysth, near Clacton, just…

Mexico’s spy ‘bunker’ struggles to stem drug violence

Deep in a bunker in Mexico City, police intelligence analysts monitor live images from street cameras, radars and drones in a vast effort to bring drug cartels to justice. But despite the creation of this state-of-the-art Intelligence Center three years ago, Mexican federal police have struggled to stem drug trafficking…

Taliban behead 17 Afghans during village party

Taliban Islamist insurgents beheaded 17 civilians, including two women, who were holding a party with music in a southern Afghanistan village, officials said Monday. “I can confirm that this is the work of the Taliban,” the Helmand provincial governor’s spokesman Daud Ahmadi told AFP, referring to the hardliners notorious during…

South Korea on alert as major typhoon Bolaven nears

South Korea was Monday bracing for the arrival of major typhoon Bolaven with a main port and ferry routes closed, classes cancelled and officials put on high alert. Typhoon Bolaven – one of the most powerful storms in the region in decades – was churning Monday towards the peninsula after…

Nigeria in talks with Islamic militants to end violence

ABUJA — Nigeria’s government has reached out to members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram through back-channel talks in a bid to end an insurgency that has killed hundreds, the president’s spokesman said Sunday. “The form of the dialogue is that backroom channels are being used to reach across with…

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