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Irish boy finds Canadian message-in-bottle

DUBLIN — A nine year-old boy in Ireland has discovered a message sent in a bottle from Canada eight years ago, and has even managed to track down the two senders. Charlene Dalpe and Claudia Garneau, from Montreal, were 12 years old when they placed a message in a bottle…

New fatal shark attack in California

LOS ANGELES — A shark killed a man near Santa Barbara, California on Tuesday, officials said, nearly two years to the day after another rare but deadly attack off the same beach. The victim, reported as being between 25 and 33 years old, died after the incident at the Surf…

Women still face global gender gap in wages: report

GENEVA — Women are closing the gender gap with men in health and education but struggle to get top jobs and salaries, data from a study of 135 countries showed on Wednesday. “Gaps in senior positions, wages and leadership levels still persist,” even in countries that promote equality in education…

FBI: Louisiana woman staged racist attack

CHICAGO — A young black woman in the US state of Louisiana apparently staged a racist attack in which she told police that three men set her ablaze and scrawled KKK on her car, officials said Tuesday. “The wounds were self-inflicted,” Kyle Hanrahan, a spokesman for the FBI’s Louisiana bureau,…

Ex-CIA agent pleads guilty to identifying undercover agent to reporter

WASHINGTON — A former CIA agent has pleaded guilty to revealing the name of an undercover agent in the first such prosecution in 27 years, the US intelligence agency said Tuesday. Ex-agent John Kiriakou, 47, who worked for the CIA from 1990 to 2004, was sentenced to 30 months in…

Libya marks 1st ‘liberation’ anniversary amid tension

TRIPOLI — Libya on Tuesday celebrates the first anniversary of its “liberation” from the regime of Moamer Kadhafi, even as fighting flared in a former bastion of the slain dictator. On October 23, 2011, just three days after Kadhafi was captured and killed in his hometown Sirte, the transitional authorities…

For Obama and Romney, a mad dash to the finish

LAS VEGAS — And they’re off! Barack Obama and Mitt Romney galloped out of the post-debate gate Tuesday to woo swing state voters in the final two weeks of a race that seems destined for a photo finish. Both will criss-cross America as they seek an edge in the presidential…

Photographer of Auschwitz experiments dies aged 95

WARSAW — Wilhelm Brasse, who as a prisoner at Auschwitz was forced to photograph the experiments of Doctor Josef Mengele, died on Tuesday aged 95. Brasse’s work at the concentration camp also included taking photographs of his fellow inmates for identity cards, resulting in a collection of 39,000 images that…

Okinawa leader says U.S. quick to act on rape case

WASHINGTON — The leader of Japan’s southern island chain of Okinawa on Tuesday welcomed the “quick” US response to an alleged rape by servicemen of a local woman, saying Washington was taking the case seriously. Governor Hirokazu Nakaima was visiting Washington for a previously planned symposium on Okinawa’s heavy US…

Thousands in Madrid protest against austerity cuts

MADRID — Thousands of Spaniards massed outside parliament in Madrid Tuesday yelling in anger at government austerity cuts that they say are punishing the poor. Surrounded by police in fleets of riot vans, the crowd gathered in front of police barriers blocking the road to the Congress where lawmakers were…

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