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Britain and Germany clash on road ahead for EU

The foreign ministers of Britain and Germany clashed on their vision for Europe on Tuesday, with William Hague saying Berlin’s integration drive was alienating many in the bloc. Hague told a foreign policy forum in Berlin that the push for ever-greater coordination in areas like the banking sector and national…

Argentina calls for international help over seized ship

Argentina’s foreign minister on Monday called on the United Nations to help free a navy sailing ship seized in Ghana over an unpaid debt. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman sought help from the UN Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the case of the ARA Libertad, a vessel used…

Mexico digs up relative to identify slain drug lord

Mexican authorities exhumed a relative of drug kingpin Heriberto Lazcano and took DNA samples from the corpse to remove any doubt they had killed the Zetas leader. Lazcano, one of Mexico’s most wanted men, is believed to have been killed at a baseball field in the northern state of Coahuila…

Microsoft offers China a peek at Windows 8

US computing giant Microsoft on Tuesday gave an early peek to the key Chinese market of its new tablet computer and Windows 8 software, promising a “fast and fluid” operating system. Microsoft will launch Windows 8 and the Surface tablet computer, designed to compete with Apple’s popular iPad, in the…

Syria violence rages despite UN truce hopes

Deadly clashes in Syria showed no signs of easing on Tuesday, even as the United Nations said it has plans to assemble a peacekeeping force in case a truce proposed by its special envoy takes hold. Warplanes raided a district of the northern city of Aleppo as fighting across the…

‘Top Gun’ director on drugs when jumped to death

LOS ANGELES — “Top Gun” director Tony Scott had traces of anti-depressant and sleep-inducing drugs in his body when he killed himself by jumping from a California bridge, according to coroners. Scott did not have any life-threatening conditions including cancer, the Los Angeles County Coroner said on Monday. Hollywood was…

Obama ridicules Romney foreign policy in last debate

BOCA RATON, Florida — A feisty President Barack Obama ridiculed Mitt Romney as “all over the map” on foreign policy, accusing him of telling untruths and backing “wrong” policies in their fiercely fought final debate. Obama and his Republican foe clashed on Iran’s nuclear program, the Arab Spring, Libya and…

UK to double number of drones in Afghanistan

The UK is to double the number of armed RAF “drones” flying combat and surveillance operations in Afghanistan and, for the first time, the aircraft will be controlled from terminals and screens in Britain. In the new squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), five Reaper drones will be sent to…

Organic food not necessarily more nutritious for children: experts

WASHINGTON — Feed your children plenty of fruits and vegetables but don’t fret over whether they’re organic or not if you’re on a budget, US experts said Monday. While organic foods have lower pesticide levels, they also have the same vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients as their conventional counterparts.…

Clinton hails Haitian post-quake reconstruction

CARACOL, Haiti — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday hailed Haitian reconstruction after the devastating 2010 earthquake, drawing parallels between the “American dream” and the “Haitian dream.” Clinton was speaking at the formal opening of an industrial zone meant to help boost economic development and create 37,000 jobs…

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