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Clinton sees ‘constructive’ talks with Russia

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that the United States held “constructive” talks with Russia but urged more action after days of feuding over the bloodshed in Syria. Clinton, who on Tuesday accused Russia of fueling the violence by sending attack helicopters to Syria, said that Deputy…

Niagara Falls hopes tightrope walker will bring luck

NIAGARA FALLS, New York — Thousands of tourists are expected Friday in Niagara Falls to witness Nik Wallenda walk a tightrope across the famous waterfalls, and the town here is hoping to get lucky as well. Two towns of the same name are positioned across the falls, one on the…

Grave concern: Widow moves into hubbie’s tomb

BUENOS AIRES — An Argentine widow was spending days in the tomb of her husband who died two years ago, having set up a bed, Internet access and even a small cooker next to his coffin, officials told AFP Thursday. “Police found Adriana Villareal had carried out some work in…

‘Unusually large’ asteroid to race by Earth

WASHINGTON — A newly discovered asteroid the size of a city block will zoom past Earth but poses no risk of a collision, astronomers said on Thursday. The “unusually large” asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye, but asteroid enthusiasts may watch it pass by during a live…

Obama, Romney go head-to-head on economy

CLEVELAND, Ohio — President Barack Obama and his Republican foe Mitt Romney offered sharply differing visions of how to fix the rocky US economy Thursday, in dueling speeches in swing state Ohio. Obama hoped to create momentum behind his reelection bid, which has been complicated by a rise in the…

Experts lament poor ocean progress in 20 years

WASHINGTON — World governments have made little progress in the past 20 years when it comes to their pledges to protect marine life and reduce overfishing, experts said on Thursday. With ocean health among the top 10 issues at the Rio 20 summit on sustainable development June 20-22, international experts…

Japan will restart two nuclear reactors

A controversial decision to restart two nuclear reactors in western Japan moved closer on Thursday when the mayor of a town near the plant gave his approval, reports said. Japan’s entire stable of 50 working reactors is currently offline after a backlash against nuclear power following the quake-tsunami that sparked…

Counterfeit coins call Sweden’s Carl XVI Gustaf a ‘whore king’

Counterfeit Swedish coins bearing a reference to “whore king” Carl XVI Gustaf have been found in circulation, media reports said Thursday. The coins appear to make fun of the monarch over his rumoured infidelities, detailed in an unauthorised biography published in 2010 and which he never denied outright. At least…

Number of U.S. cancer survivors set to reach 18 million in a decade

The number of people in the United States who have survived cancer is set to reach nearly 18 million in the next decade, up from 13.7 million currently, said a US study out Thursday. The number of survivors is growing because of better treatments and an ageing and expanding population,…

Britain’s Supreme Court denies final Assange extradition appeal

Britain’s Supreme Court said on Thursday it has rejected an application by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden. “The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has dismissed the application made by Ms Dinah Rose QC, counsel for Mr Julian Assange, seeking to reopen their…

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