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Livestrong riders divided over Lance Armstrong legacy

AUSTIN, Texas — Riders in Sunday’s Livestrong Challenge charity benefit bicycle race have mixed opinions on the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and the legacy of a disgraced cyclist who is also a hometown hero. Armstrong greeted a record 4,300 riders before the start of the 15th annual event and spoke…

Kuwait police beat protesters to prevent demonstration

KUWAIT CITY — Kuwaiti riot police on Sunday beat opposition protesters who were gathering for a massive demonstration against a decision to change the electoral law, organisers and witnesses said. The clashes began as riot police prevented protesters from gathering at three different sites in Kuwait City and arrested several…

Campaigning during cancer recovery cost me votes: Chavez

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and won re-election this month, acknowledged that campaigning while in recovery cost him votes. Chavez on Saturday said in a meeting shown on state television VTV that after radiation therapy, he had only done “10 percent” of…

Google faces moment of truth on monopoly probe

WASHINGTON — Google faces a moment of truth in the coming weeks over a lengthy US probe into potential abuse of its Internet search dominance, amid regulatory woes on both sides of the Atlantic. The Federal Trade Commission is widely reported to be nearing a decision on whether to pursue…

Freed Pussy Riot member fights for jailed bandmates

KRASNOGORSK, Russia — Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich, freed on appeal after several months in jail, is in daily contact with her two jailed bandmates — and still fighting for their release. Samutsevich may still have a suspended sentence hanging over her head, but she called her release a victory…

Tibetan burns himself to death in China protest

BEIJING — A Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire near a Buddhist monastery in northwest China in the latest self-immolation protest against Beijing’s hardline rule, a rights group said. Lhamo Kyeb ran towards the monastery in China’s Gansu province after setting himself ablaze on Saturday, the London-based…

Pope names Kateri Tekakwitha as first Native American saint

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI named seven new saints on Sunday, including the first Native American, praising their “heroic courage” in a year when the Catholic Church is seeking to counter the rising tide of secularism in the West. Kateri Tekakwitha, informally known as “Lily of the Mohawks” who…

Israel PM vows to continue building in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday pledged to continue unhindered construction in Jerusalem, including in its annexed eastern sector, despite criticism from the European Union. “We are not putting any limitations on building in Jerusalem, it is our capital,” he said at the start of the weekly…

Former senator George McGovern dies at age 90

WASHINGTON — Former US senator George McGovern, a liberal icon who vowed to end the Vietnam War but lost a landslide presidential election to Richard Nixon in 1972, died early Sunday at the age of 90. The family said in a statement that the liberal standard-bearer died at about 5:15…

Boys hitting puberty up to two years earlier: study

WASHINGTON — Boys in the US are hitting puberty as much as two years earlier than in previous decades, according to a new study out Saturday from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study suggests a well-documented trend seeing girls hit adolescence earlier than their historic counterparts has been mirrored…

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