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Avalanche dead mourned by their loved ones in France

Relatives of the nine climbers killed by an avalanche in the French Alps gathered at the nearby resort of Chamonix on Friday to pay their respects the day after the tragedy. The mountaineers who died in the avalanche on Mont Maudit (“Cursed Mountain” in French) in the Mont Blanc massif…

Work resumes at huge Amazon dam site

RIO DE JANEIRO — Some 1,600 workers resumed work Thursday after 150 indigenous people agreed to end their three-week occupation of a construction site for a huge hydro-electric dam in the Brazilian Amazon. “The chiefs of several tribes have agreed and the others have followed,” said Cleanton Ribeiro, a spokesman…

San Francisco city sours on Apple computers

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco city officials on Thursday said that they have soured on Apple computers due to the Macintosh maker’s decision to bail out of a program to promote making electronics earth friendly. The California company behind coveted iPads, iPhones, iPods and Macbook computers in June abandoned the…

Arab Spring ‘demands change in UK arms policy’

LONDON — Britain must exercise more caution in granting licences for the export of arms to authoritarian regimes such as Bahrain in light of the Arab Spring uprisings, a parliamentary report has urged. A Commons select committee review of export controls also revealed that Britain’s Foreign Office (FCO) is concerned…

Ex-CIA agent defends herself in rendition case: report

WASHINGTON — A former CIA agent convicted by an Italian court of participating in the covert 2003 abduction in Milan of an Egyptian cleric suspected of terror-related offenses had gone public to defend herself. In an interview published in the Washington Post, Sabrina de Sousa, 56, denied playing any role…

U.S. slaps more sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON — The United States unleashed a fresh wave of sanctions against Iran Thursday, ratcheting up pressure to convince Tehran to take seriously concerns about its suspected nuclear weapons program. The actions impose additional sanctions on Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation networks and identify Iranian “front” companies and banks…

Harry Reid: Burn all the China-made Olympic outfits

WASHINGTON — The US-China Olympic rivalry heated up in an unfashionable way Thursday when a top US lawmaker suggested burning the US team’s outfits for the opening ceremony because they were made in China. “I’m so upset. I think the Olympic Committee should be ashamed of themselves,” Senate Majority Leader…

Obama reflects on lack of ‘unity’ in first term

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has said he regrets not fostering “a sense of unity and purpose and optimism” early in his term, according to excerpts of a television interview released Thursday. “The mistake of my first term — couple of years — was thinking that this job was…

Internet media firm Betaworks buys social news site Digg

SAN FRANCISCO — Faded social news star Digg announced Thursday that it has been bought by online media company Betaworks in a move aimed at reviving the firm’s cache. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but online reports estimated the purchase price at $500,000. Betaworks said in a…

USA Gymnastics adopt new rules to combat abuse after Penn State scandal

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — USA Gymnastics announced on Thursday the adoption of several new measures aimed at combating abuse and inappropriate behavior. The move came on the day findings were announced from a major Penn State University investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, where actions of an assistant…

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