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Shell shuts key pipeline in Nigeria after fire

LAGOS — Shell said Sunday it had shut down a key pipeline damaged by fire after what was suspected to be an attempt to steal crude, a move that would affect some 150,000 barrels of oil per day. Shell’s Nigeria branch had “shut the 28-inch Bomu-Bonny Trunkline after discovering a…

Scientists: Global warming will make fish smaller

PARIS — A hearty fillet of fish, already a rare treat because of over-trawled oceans, will become even more infrequent in the future when global warming starts to reduce fish size, scientists said on Sunday. Researchers looked at computer models to see how warmer, and thus less oxygenated, seas affected…

Obama likely to be hit hard in debate as deficit highlights a broken promise

Just after his inauguration, President Barack Obama made a pledge: to cut the nation’s $1.3tn deficit in half by the end of his first term. Sunday marks a sobering day for the president and his promise – the end of another fiscal year with a deficit surpassing $1tn. Despite marginal…

Al-Jazeera’s political independence questioned amid Qatar intervention

Al-Jazeera’s editorial independence has been called into question after its director of news stepped in to ensure a speech made by Qatar’s emir to the UN led its English channel’s coverage of the debate on Syrian intervention. Journalists had produced a package of the UN debate, topped with excerpts of…

Dallas suburb reports minor damage from small earthquake and aftershock

A small earthquake followed by an aftershock hit a suburb west of Dallas overnight, causing minor damage. Emergency officials said they had no indications of any injuries from Saturday’s late-night quake. The epicenter was near Dallas-Fort Worth airport, but was not large enough to affect flight operations. The tremors caused…

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reveals life inside ‘space station’ embassy

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is certain he will one day go to Ecuador, he said in an interview published Sunday, describing his life in the Ecuadoran embassy in London as “like being in a space station”. The Australian activist, 41, has been holed up in the embassy since…

Rioters torch Buddhist temples in Bangladesh

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh — Thousands of rioters torched Buddhist temples and homes in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday over a photo posted on Facebook deemed offensive to Islam, in a rare attack against the community. Officials said the mob comprising some 25,000 people set fire to at least five Buddhist temples and…

Chavez believes he has beaten cancer

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he believes he has beaten cancer and will be strong enough to rule for another six years if he wins re-election on October 7. Speaking aboard an open-air truck Saturday as it wound its way through tens of thousands of supporters who had…

Thousands protest in Indonesia over anti-Islam film

JAKARTA — Thousands of Indonesians on Sunday chanted anti-American slogans outside the US embassy in Jakarta, in the latest protest against a film that sparked demonstrations in at least 20 countries. At least 3,000 supporters of the Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) gathered outside the US mission, but there was…

NFL referees ratify eight-year deal to officially end lockout

DALLAS, Texas — National Football League Referees Association members voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to approve a new eight-year deal with the league to officially end a lockout that began in June. The union’s executive committee struck a deal with the NFL on Wednesday night, about 48 hours after a botched…

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