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Oil may hit $160 amid tension: Kuwait official

Oil prices could soar to as high as $160 a barrel if tension over an Iranian oil embargo persists or in the event of conflict, a top Kuwaiti oil executive said in remarks published on Monday. “If the embargo on Iranian oil persists, or in case of a military move…

China rejects U.S. accusations it protects Syrian regime

China Monday rejected US accusations that Beijing and Moscow were responsible for protecting the Syrian regime, after they vetoed a UN resolution condemning Damascus for its crackdown on protests. “China does not accept the accusations” of the United States on the Syrian veto, foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters.…

Proposed autism diagnostic criteria disturbs medical community

A proposal to use new diagnostic criteria for autism has roiled the US medical community, with many experts concerned that the move could exclude children affected by some forms of the disorder. The American Psychiatric Association recommended last month that a new category called “autism spectrum disorder” be established to…

Panama ex-dictator Noriega suffers possible stroke

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was taken from his prison cell to a public hospital for treatment following a possible stroke, officials said. The 77-year-old Noriega was taken to the Hospital Santo Tomas after suffering “hypertension with a possibility of a stroke,” national police said in a statement that did…

Occupy DC protesters vow to return after sweep

Protesters from the Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street vowed to return to their camp in the US capital, which was all but dismantled by park police during a weekend clampdown. A dawn raid and day-long enforcement operation on Saturday stopped activists from the anti-capitalist movement camping out at McPherson…

Record 10,000 tweets per second during Super Bowl

Twitter said users were firing off a record 10,000 tweets per second in the final three minutes of the Super Bowl. Madonna’s half-time performance during the New York Giants 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots also saw a surge in Twitter activity with users tapping out an average of…

Record floods in Australia force mass evacuation

Flood waters rose Monday in parts of Queensland as the Australian state raced to complete the largest evacuation in its history with police boosting their presence to prevent looting. Thousands of Australians have been forced to abandon their homes as a record deluge sweeps through areas still reeling from last…

Chinese airlines will not pay Europe’s carbon emissions tax

BEIJING — China’s airlines are banned from paying charges on carbon emissions imposed by the European Union, the official Xinhua news agency reported Monday, quoting the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The EU imposed the tax with effect from January 1, but more than two dozen countries, including India, Russia,…

Poll: Romney narrowly trails Santorum in Minnesota caucuses

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — The Republican caucuses in Minnesota on Tuesday are a virtual toss up, with frontrunner Mitt Romney trailing former senator Rick Santorum by a small margin, a poll showed Sunday. Romney, who strengthened his lead for the White House race with a solid win Saturday in the Nevada…

U.S. to move 4,700 Marines from Japan to Guam: reports

TOKYO — Tokyo and Washington have agreed to move 4,700 Marines from the Japanese island of Okinawa to Guam in a bid to revive a stalled plan for the realignment of US forces in Japan, according to reports. The two countries in 2006 agreed to the transfer of around 8,000…

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