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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…

Death toll in Iran at 180 after twin earthquakes

Rescue teams in northwest Iran strove Sunday to dig survivors out of the rubble of villages leveled by twin earthquakes that killed at least 180 people and injured more than 1,300, according to officials. With telephone communications disrupted in the disaster zone, northeast of the city of Tabriz, emergency teams…

Olympic hosts urge world to unite against hunger

British 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 children…

Survey: Most Britons say Games worth the cost

Most Britons believe the London Olympics have delivered good value for money, according to a poll published Saturday, as the hosts revel in Britain’s best performance at the Games for more than a century. Some 55 percent of the British population think the Games are “well worth” the £9 billion…

‘Green-on-blue’ attacks spike in Afghanistan

Seven international soldiers have been killed by their local colleagues in a bloody week of violence in Afghanistan, further eroding trust between foreign troops and the Afghans they work with. Six died on Friday alone — three American soldiers were shot by an Afghan policeman who invited them to a…

South African cattle vigilantes missing or dead after residents attack

Nine members of a vigilante group guarding against cattle theft were shot dead in South Africa and some 30 were missing after a revenge attack by villagers, local media reported Saturday. Police discovered the ninth body on Saturday after the shooting two days back in the hills near Pomeroy, 180…

Vietnam jails second dissident blogger in a week

A Vietnamese blogger who posted online calls for democracy has been jailed for five years, official media said Saturday, the second web dissident imprisoned this week in an ongoing crackdown on activists. Le Thanh Tung was convicted of “propaganda against the state” by a Hanoi court over Internet articles for…

Swiss president denies charges that banks help Germans evade taxes

Accusations that Swiss banks are helping German citizens dodge taxes grew Saturday, as Switzerland’s President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf dismissed the charges. German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported that tax authorities were investigating Swiss bank Julius Baer as well as the banking giant UBS, suspected of transferring German clients’ funds to…

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