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U.S. arms sales nearly triple in 2011, researchers say

US arms transfers to other countries nearly tripled last year to $66.3 billion, giving America a market share of nearly 80 percent, government researchers said Monday. The Congressional Research Service said the US figure for 2011 was the largest for a single year in the history of the arms export…

Cuba vice president’s daughter defects to U.S.: report

The daughter of Cuba’s vice president has defected from the communist-run island and now lives in Tampa, Florida, the site of the Republican National Convention, a newspaper reported. Glenda Murillo Diaz, 24, daughter of Vice President Marino Murillo, crossed over into Texas from Mexico, according to a report in the…

Argentina crowns new World Tango champs

Argentine dancers Facundo de la Cruz and Paola Sanz have won the ballroom competition at the tenth World Tango Championship, beating out 42 pairs of finalists from around the globe. “This is a magical moment,” Sanz, 29, said late Monday. “My grandfather listened to a lot of tango, and I…

Mars rover beams back spectacular pictures

NASA has beamed back a set of spectacular pictures from Mars — and a first voice message — likening it to the lunar landmark led by Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon who died last week. In the audio message, broadcast from the surface of the Red Planet…

Romney to fly early to Republican convention

Mitt Romney is set to fly to Florida on Tuesday, two days earlier than expected, as he seeks to prevent Tropical Storm Isaac from overshadowing his coronation as the Republican presidential nominee. In a surprise announcement, aides confirmed only that Romney would be in Tampa, but the expectation is that…

Paralympics founder’s ‘far-fetched’ dreams come true

When Eva Loeffler volunteered as a ball girl during a rudimentary wheelchair sports tournament for World War II veterans in 1948, she had no idea the contest would grow into the Paralympic Games. Sixty-four years on, Loeffler is honorary mayor of the Paralympic Village, welcoming 4,200 athletes to the world’s…

Samsung vows ‘all measures’ to keep products in U.S.

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics vowed on Tuesday to take “all necessary measures” to keep its products on US store shelves, in response to Apple’s request for a ban on sales of some smartphones. After winning a $1.05 billion US court judgement in a patent suit last week, Apple on Monday…

Israel court clears military, finds ‘no negligence’ in Rachel Corrie death

An Israeli court on Tuesday cleared the military of any responsibility for the death of US activist Rachel Corrie who was killed by an army bulldozer in 2003, rejecting a civil suit filed by the family. The family said they were “deeply saddened and deeply troubled” by the verdict, with…

Obama declares emergency as Isaac targets New Orleans

New Orleans on Tuesday braced for another hurricane as a strengthening Tropical Storm Isaac drew near, seven years after Hurricane Katrina left 1,800 dead in the fabled jazz city. The US National Hurricane Center said in its 0900 GMT advisory that Isaac was “on the verge” of becoming a hurricane,…

Iran will never stop uranium enrichment: envoy

Iran “will never stop” its controversial uranium enrichment, the country’s envoy to the IAEA said on Tuesday, on the sidelines of a Non-Aligned Movement ministerial meeting in Tehran. “Our enrichment activities will never stop and we are justified in carrying them out, and we will continue to do so under…

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