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U.S. offers help to Iran after earthquake

WASHINGTON — The United States on Sunday offered help and condolences to the people of Iran over a double earthquake that claimed 227 lives and injured more than 1,000 others. “The American people send the Iranian people our deepest condolences for the loss of life in the tragic earthquake in…

Romney vows U.S. comeback at North Carolina stump

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina — Mitt Romney and his new running mate Paul Ryan took a re-energized Republican presidential campaign to North Carolina Sunday, vowing to fix the US economy and restore American strength. “I’ve got good news for you. And that is that this nation is going to come roaring…

Britain urges world to unite against hunger

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron was to call on world powers on Sunday to boost their efforts to tackle malnutrition across the globe. Taking advantage of the large number of foreign officials gathered in London for the Olympic Games, Cameron was to urge international action to save 25 million…

Palestinian leadership says Gaza tunnels a ‘threat’

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — The Palestinian Authority has condemned the network of smuggling tunnels between Hamas-run Gaza and Egypt as a “threat” to security and lauded Cairo’s campaign to seal them. Speaking a week after a deadly attack which killed 16 Egyptian border police in northern Sinai, Tayeb Abdelrahim, chief…

Strong quake jolts western China

BEIJING — A shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook a remote area of China’s western region of Xinjiang, near the border with Tibet, on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. It was not immediately clear if there was any damage or casualties and rescue teams had been rushed to the mountainous quake…

Romney, Ryan and operation VP secrecy

STERLING, Virginia — He looked like your average American in jeans and sunglasses, a baseball cap pulled low over his brow. But Paul Ryan was on a mission to ensure almost nobody but him and Mitt Romney knew about his date with destiny. Disguises. Absolute secrecy. Dummy destinations and a…

Watchdog to investigate Chevron refinery fire in California

NEW YORK — A US watchdog agency launched an investigation Saturday into the “near-disaster” fire at oil giant Chevron’s Richmond, California refinery that nearly killed workers. The August 6 fire was sparked when “gas-oil” — a 600-degree Fahrenheit (315 Celsius) combustible hydrocarbon liquid — leaked from a pipe, and ignited…

Retreat never an option: ex-Fukushima chief

TOKYO — The chief of Japan’s Fukushima atomic plant at the time of the quake-tsunami disaster has said he never considered withdrawing from the escalating crisis despite fearing for his life, according to reports. “I thought my fellow workers and I could die when huge amounts of debris flew off”…

Swedish prince attacked at French nightclub: palace

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip, 33, was attacked outside a nightclub in Cannes this weekend by a stranger but was not hurt in the incident, the royal palace announced on Sunday. The prince, who is third in line to the throne, “was together with friends outside a club in…

U.S. destroyer collides with tanker at entrance to Gulf

DUBAI — A US guided-missile destroyer collided on Sunday with a Japanese-owned bulk oil tanker near the entrance to the Gulf, but no one was hurt and the ship is able to operate, the US Fifth Fleet said. “No one was hurt Sunday morning when a US Navy guided-missile destroyer…

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