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Are Americans ready for a Mormon president?

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s faith emerged as little more than a curiosity on the US campaign trail, but with the Republican nomination securely in his grip, are American voters now ready for a Mormon president? The candidate made history late Tuesday as the first from his religion to win the…

Israel to try reporter over leaked army documents

JERUSALEM — Israel’s attorney general has decided to put a journalist on trial over secret military documents he received from a former soldier who is now in prison for spying, the justice ministry said on Wednesday. “In the near future charges will be filed against (the journalist Uri) Blau for…

Enrichment ‘not a step towards a bomb’: Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN — Iran’s enrichment of uranium to 20 percent “is our right” and “is not a step towards a bomb,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday in an interview with the satellite television network France 24. The enrichment activity, which world powers are trying to curb in fraught talks with Iran,…

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…

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