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French irked by EU use of English

BRUSSELS — The Brussels-based French-language press corps reacted with fury Wednesday to the release in English of the EU’s annual report cards on the bloc’s 27 economies. In an angry open e-mail to the European Commission, the correspondent for the daily Liberation newspaper Jean Quatremer said — in French: “Once…

Two dead in Seattle shooting, gunman at large

SEATTLE — Two people were killed and three injured in a shooting in north Seattle on Wednesday, and a gunman was still at large, police said. Local King 5 television news reported that a gunman was seen running from the scene of the shooting at the Cafe Racer just north…

Israel says Hamas as strong as Hezbollah

JERUSALEM — The Palestinian group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has an armed force to rival that of Israel’s Lebanese foe Hezbollah, the head of the Shin Bet security service said on Wednesday. “Hamas has military capabilities almost of a state,” a spokesman quoted Yoram Cohen as telling the…

Radical student leader takes on Quebec government

MONTREAL — A politico and a media hound, 21-year-old radical Quebec student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois has become a force to be reckoned with in talks with the government over tuition fee hikes. The spokesman for the student union Classe showed up for an interview with AFP on foot, stubble on…

Google+ adds Zagat restaurant reviews

Google on Wednesday added the Zagat restaurant review content to its Google+ social network, as it rolled out a new local search feature that takes on services such as Yelp. The Internet giant added a “Local” tab to its Google+ social network to allow users to search for specific places or browse for…

Obama congratulates Romney on clinching nomination

US President Barack Obama Wednesday called Mitt Romney after his foe locked down the Republican nomination to take him on in November’s election and called for a healthy debate on America’s future. “The President called Governor Romney to congratulate him on securing the Republican nomination,” Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said. “President Obama said that he looked forward to…

Human rights court jails Liberia ex-president for 50 years

A UN-backed court jailed Liberia’s Charles Taylor for 50 years Wednesday for fuelling Sierra Leone’s savage war, known for its mutilations, drugged child soldiers and sex slaves. The former Liberian president, 64, was convicted last month of all 11 counts he faced of war crimes and crimes against humanity for…

Russia says new U.S. ambassador is unprofessional

Russia is not prepared to get used to the US ambassador Michael McFaul, a foreign ministry official was quoted as saying Wednesday, accusing the controversial new US envoy of unprofessionalism. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland had said on Tuesday that Russia had to “get used to” McFaul speaking out…

Pakistani authorities fear threats on life of CIA ally

Pakistani authorities on Wednesday said that they feared the doctor recruited by the CIA to help find Osama bin Laden could be killed and demanded he be transferred to a more secure prison. Shakeel Afridi was last week sentenced to 33 years in jail after he was found guilty of…

Quebec student leader is a force to be reckoned with

A politico and a media hound, 21-year-old radical Quebec student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois has become a force to be reckoned with in talks with the government over tuition fee hikes. The spokesman for the student union Classe showed up for an interview with AFP on foot, stubble on his face,…

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