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Syria rocked by regime deaths ahead of UN vote

Rebels pushed their “Damascus Volcano” assault Thursday after three senior security chiefs were killed in a bombing Washington said indicated President Bashar al-Assad was losing control of Syria. The deaths Wednesday of Defence Minister General Daoud Rajha, Assad’s brother-in-law Assef Shawkat and General Hassan Turkmani, head of the regime’s crisis…

South Africa celebrates Mandela’s birthday

Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela celebrated his 94th birthday in “good” spirits on Wednesday as millions of South Africans joined in the global praise for the much-loved statesman. Mandela, whose 1990 release from an apartheid prison put South Africa on the path to democracy and reconciliation, spent a quiet day with…

Honda recalls 320,000 vehicles worldwide

Japan’s Honda Motor said Thursday it is recalling more than 320,000 vehicles worldwide because of a door lock defect. The faulty locks could allow the vehicles’ doors to open unexpectedly, the automaker said, adding that its recall was for the 2012 CR-V sports utility vehicle and 2013 Acura ILX sedan.…

Massive iceberg twice the size of Manhattan breaks off Greenland glacier

A massive iceberg twice the size of Manhattan has broken off of a glacier in Greenland, according to NASA satellite imagery, in what could be the latest indication of global warming. The images released Wednesday show the massive chunk of ice breaking off of the Petermann Glacier on the northwestern…

4 banking giants ‘under spotlight’ in Libor scandal

Regulators are investigating Credit Agricole, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Societe Generale over the Libor manipulation scandal that claimed the boss of British bank Barclays, the Financial Times reported Thursday. Citing sources close to the probes, the FT said regulators were examining evidence of links between traders at all four banks…

Police oust indigenous group in Colombia standoff

Riot police clashed with indigenous protestors in southern Colombia, retaking a military post after a weeklong standoff by demonstrators demanding outsiders get off their land. “At (1030 GMT) we retook control. There was resistance (by the indigenous people), there were some skirmishes but there are no wounded among the police,”…

Families of U.S. citizens killed in drone strike file wrongful death lawsuit

The killing of three US citizens, one a 16-year-old boy, in targeted drone strikes last year were unlawful and violated their constitutional rights by not affording them due process, according to a lawsuit filed by their relatives on Wednesday. Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was placed on a…

WikiLeaks disclosures caused no damage to U.S.: lawyer

FORT MEADE, Maryland — A US soldier accused of passing a trove of documents to WikiLeaks asked a military judge Wednesday to allow him to cite evidence showing his leak caused no damage to the United States. A defense lawyer for US Army private Bradley Manning argued that his client…

New York museum opens space shuttle Enterprise to public

NEW YORK — A New York aerospace museum opened the space shuttle Enterprise to the public Thursday. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum has installed the space shuttle on the runway of the aircraft carrier “Intrepid”, a museum facility docked at a pier on Manhattan’s West Side. NASA administrator…

Tom Cruise slams ‘grotesque’ report about daughter

LOS ANGELES — Tom Cruise’s lawyer condemned as “grotesquely false” a report that the Hollywood star had abandoned his six-year-old daughter amid the shock of his wife’s divorce bombshell. Attorney Bert Fields said a cover story in Life and Style magazine, with the strapline “Abandoned by Her Dad”, was clearly…

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