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Japan arrests gas attack cult fugitive

TOKYO — A former member of Japan’s Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult responsible for the 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway was arrested by police on Sunday, reports said. Police officers found a woman believed to be Naoko Kikuchi, 40, a former Aum member who had been on…

Whistleblower names top Vatican hierarchy

ROME — Just 10 days after the pope’s butler was arrested in an investigation into Holy See leaks, an Italian daily Sunday published fresh whistleblower letters, suggesting the scandal is far from over. Three new documents filched from the Vatican were sent to La Repubblica by an anonymous source in…

10 al Qaeda fighters, soldier killed in south Yemen

ADEN — Clashes between the army and Al-Qaeda militants for the control of Yemen’s southern province of Abyan have killed 10 jihadists and a soldier over the weekend, local and military sources said on Sunday. Four militants were killed in fighting early Sunday when the jihadists using machineguns clashed with…

Syria’s Assad ‘maneuvering’ to gain time: Saudi

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal accused Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad of “manoeuvring” to gain time, at a joint news conference Sunday with UN chief Ban Ki-moon. “Every initiative has been accepted by the Syrian regime and was not implemented. This is a way used by the…

153 feared killed as plane crashes in Lagos: air chief

LAGOS — A plane carrying 153 passengers crashed Sunday in a densely populated district of Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos, the head of Civil Aviation Authority told AFP, adding he feared none had survived. “It was a Dana (airline) flight out of (the capital) Abuja to Lagos with about 153 people…

The final frontier? Trillion-dollar plan to build Starship Enterprise

Engineer unveils detailed proposals for building spaceship from original Star Trek series over two decades, at a cost of £648bn In its time, the original Star Trek series has inspired many inventions – the flip-open mobile phone (based on the crew’s communicators), handheld medical diagnostics (based on its tricorder) –…

Wildfire budget cuts in Congress put communites in danger, experts warn

Congressional budget cuts of over $500m could leave crews scrambling for resources in an already overactive fire season Fire experts are warning that $512m in congressional budget cuts could leave communities dangerously exposed in an early and active fire season. Such warnings have sharpened with the early onset of this…

Race to map Africa’s forgotten glaciers before they melt away

A team of scientists and photographers aims to document the Earth’s fading glaciers Ptolemy thought they were the source of the Nile and called them the Mountains of the Moon because of the perpetual mists that covered them; Stanley claimed to be the first non-African to see their icecap; and…

Britain’s armed forces minister deems ‘cyber strikes’ a ‘civilized option’

Pre-emptive cyber strikes against perceived national security threats are a “civilised option” to neutralise potential attacks, Britain’s armed forces minister said Sunday. Nick Harvey made the comment at the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore in relation to reports that the US had launched cyber attacks to cripple Iran’s nuclear…

Hunt continues for ‘Canadian Psycho’

The hunt for a Canadian porn star suspected of cutting off and mailing his lover’s limbs continued Sunday with police carrying out “targeted searches” in parts of Paris. Luka Rocco Magnotta remains at large after the gruesome killing of Chinese student Lin Jun, but an arrest warrant issued Thursday and…

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