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NATO calls for ‘political solution’ in Syria

BRUSSELS — NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday called on the international community to enforce a political solution in Syria while reiterating there would be no military intervention. “The right response to this crisis remains a political response. And a concerted response by the international community against a regime…

Syria opposition has guarantees on new leaders: U.S.

WASHINGTON — A new blueprint for political transition in Syria offers the opposition “ironclad guarantees” that President Bashar al-Assad will not be among the nation’s new leaders, a US official said Monday. Syrian opposition leaders were meeting in Cairo meanwhile to chart a common vision for their country torn apart…

Android, Apple extend gains in smartphone market

WASHINGTON — The Google Android platform extended its lead in the US smartphone market while Apple increased its market share to nearly a third in March through May, a survey showed Monday. Android accounted for 50.9 percent of all smartphones used in the US during the three-month average period, according…

Mexico’s Pena Nieto seeks U.S. help on violence

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s presumed president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto expressed hope Monday for more US help in tamping a scourge of violence that has killed over 50,000 people in less than five years. While Washington is focused on cracking down on crime syndicates responsible for smuggling illegal drugs into the…

Korean-American Kim takes helm at World Bank

WASHINGTON — New World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned Monday that the eurozone crisis poses a deep threat to the global economy as he launched into his first day leading the development lender. The Korean-American physician, who won a contest against developing country candidates in April to run the…

Pharma firm GlaxoSmithKline forced to pay record $3 billion fraud settlement

GlaxoSmithKline was socked with $3 billion in fines by US authorities Monday over charges it marketed drugs for unauthorized uses, held back safety data, and cheated the government’s Medicaid program. The Justice Department said GSK was fined over misbranding its drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin, and for holding back data while…

‘Leap second’ wreaks Internet havoc

An adjustment of a mere second in the official global clock sent dozens of websites crashing in an incident reminiscent of the Y2K bug over a decade ago. The “leap second” was added to the Coordinated Universal Time to adjust clocks to the earth’s rotation the night of June 30,…

Mid-Atlantic residents, still without power, don headlamps, skirt fallen trees

Mid-Atlantic residents, still without power, don headlamps, skirt fallen trees Home generators. Outdoor gas grills. Converters that allow you to plug your refrigerator into a running car. Really, really long extension cords, stretched to neighbors who still have electricity. Also headlamps, which allow you to walk around a house after…

Britain presses U.S. on human rights clause in arms trade treaty

On eve of UN talks, Britain, France, Germany and Sweden say treaty should include ‘strong provisions on human rights’ British and European foreign ministers are preparing to defy Washington at talks over an arms trade treaty, amid fears the US will use its diplomatic clout to water down proposals for…

Queen’s cost to British taxpayers rises

The Queen’s cost to the taxpayer rose slightly during the last financial year, Buckingham Palace accounts showed on Monday. The monarch cost the public purse £32.3 million ($50.6 million, 40.0 million euros) in 2011-12, a rise of £200,000, or 0.6 percent, from the last financial year. The royal family’s travel…

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