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Two Pussy Riot members ‘have fled Russia’

MOSCOW — Two female Pussy Riot punk rockers who are being hunted by police for having taken part in a protest stunt against President Vladimir Putin have fled Russia in order to evade arrest, the group said Sunday. “Our two members who are wanted by police have managed to leave…

Persistence rewarded Romney on long road to Tampa

TAMPA, Florida — Measured in business, deliberative in politics, Mitt Romney has always taken the long view, and his coronation Thursday at the Republican convention caps a five-year run for the White House. The 65-year-old has been gearing up for this moment since he stepped down as governor of Massachusetts…

Tampa braces for Republican convention protests

TAMPA, Florida — US authorities are braced for violent protests ahead of the Republican presidential nominating convention that nominally kicks off in Tampa, Florida on Monday. CNN obtained a copy of an alert from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warning that anarchists may be plotting violence at…

Petrol bombs thrown at Bahrain police station

DUBAI — A large crowd attacked a police station outside the Bahraini capital with petrol bombs, police said late Saturday, as sporadic protests intensify in the Sunni-ruled Shiite-majority Gulf state. “Some 150 people attacked with Molotov cocktails” in the Shiite village of Sitra, provincial police said in a statement carried…

Murdoch supports Prince Harry over nude photos

LONDON — Media mogul Rupert Murdoch came to the defence of Britain’s Prince Harry on Sunday, urging critics to “give him a break” over photographs of him frolicking naked in a Las Vegas hotel suite. Australian-born Murdoch posted a message of support on his Twitter page after The Sun, his…

Ecuadoran president believes Julian Assange dispute with Britain resolved

QUITO — Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said he believed his country had overcome a diplomatic spat with Britain over its threat to enter the Ecuadoran Embassy in London in order to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. “We believe that this unfortunate incident is over,” said Correa. “It was a mistake…

Tropical storm Isaac delays Republican convention

AMPA, Florida — A strengthening Tropical Storm Isaac barreled toward Florida and was predicted to become a hurricane on Sunday, forcing a one-day delay to the main events of the Republican convention, after leaving four people dead in Haiti. With winds reaching 65 miles (100 kilometers) per hour, the storm…

Scotland’s Catholic priests blast same sex marriage plan

LONDON — Scotland’s Roman Catholic priests on Sunday condemned plans by the devolved government in Edinburgh to legalise gay marriage. The letter by Scotland’s Catholic bishops, which was being read in each of the Church’s 500 Scottish parishes, urges followers to fight efforts to “redefine” marriage. “Marriage is a unique…

Donations up at Livestrong cancer awareness network as Armstrong branded drug cheat

Lance Armstrong faces the loss of his seven Tour de France titles and a lifetime ban from cycling, but backers of his advocacy work for cancer patients showed undimmed admiration Friday. “Thanks to all the amazing @livestrong supporters worldwide,” Armstrong said on Twitter, speaking of the Livestrong cancer awareness network…

Romney hopes convention will help him win Florida

It is no coincidence the US Republicans chose to hold their nominating convention in Florida, for the state could determine the fate of White House challenger Mitt Romney in November’s election. Home to 11 million registered voters, Florida is a key swing state and proved decisive in 2000 when Republican…

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