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Current eurozone set-up is ‘unsustainable’: Draghi

The president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, called on Thursday for eurozone leaders to lay out a vision for the future of the embattled bloc, as its current set-up is “unsustainable.” “The next step … is basically for our leaders to clarify what is the vision for a…

SpaceX Dragon capsule released by ISS

The US company SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vessel was released by the robotic arm of the International Space Station early Thursday at the start of its return to Earth, NASA said. “Dragon is free from the International Space Station,” a NASA TV spokesman announced at 0949 GMT, as a live video…

Parents in UK court over fire deaths of six children

The parents of six children killed in a fire at their home appeared in court on Thursday charged with their murders. Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, appeared flanked by several security guards in the dock at a magistrates court in Derby a day after being charged with…

Flame virus a new age cyber spy tool

SAN FRANCISCO — The Flame computer virus that smoldered undetected for years in Middle Eastern energy facilities confirmed fears that the world has entered a new age of cyber espionage and sabotage. Internet defenders on Wednesday were tearing into freshly exposed Flame malware (malicious software) that could be adapted to…

Obama takes new swipe at Romney record

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s camp took aim at Mitt Romney’s governorship of Massachusetts, saying his “disastrous” tenure resulted in fewer jobs and more debt but left the wealthy better off. The offensive came as a report suggested that Romney’s allies in big business could pour $1 billion into the…

Bush back at the White House — for one day only

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is basing part of his reelection campaign on the conceit that George W. Bush bequeathed him a deep economic and diplomatic mess that he has managed to clean up. But Obama will put the nasty digs of the campaign trail to one side Thursday, as…

Condoleezza Rice endorsing Romney: campaign

LOS ANGELES — Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice will endorse Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney for president Wednesday at a fundraiser in California, his campaign said. Few details were provided about the West Coast event but Rice, the top US diplomat of president George W. Bush’s second…

U.S. denies name change for high-fructose corn syrup

WASHINGTON — US regulators denied a request to change the name of high-fructose corn syrup to merely “corn sugar,” in a high-profile dispute between two industries. The effort to change the name comes amid controversy over the sweetener, which is at the epicenter of a dispute over a possible link…

Holder: Minority rights under threat from voter ID laws

The US attorney general, Eric Holder, has warned that gains of the civil rights struggle hang in the balance in the face of a determined effort by many states to roll back laws ensuring the right to vote. Holder told a Washington conference on Wednesday that there is a “growing…

Cartel web presence could be used against them: experts

CANCUN, Mexico — Experts from 20 countries gathered Wednesday at the Mexican resort town of Cancun to discuss a strategy for battling organized crime, in an effort mandated by the recent Summit of the Americas. Mexico drug cartels in particular have increasingly turned to the Internet to improve their communications,…

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