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Wildfires force evacuations in the West

Wildfires have forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes in the western US state of Colorado, authorities said. The latest blaze broke out Saturday in Waldo Canyon national park, west of Colorado Springs, spreading out over 2,000 acres (800 hectares), according to officials. Authorities said 1,050 homes were evacuated…

Italy’s Berlusconi may be hoping for comeback

John Hooper, The Guardian STANDFIRST: Disgraced former PM’s remarks fuel speculation that he is aiming to regain power on ticket of withdrawal from euro He may have been jeered from office last year. He may be on trial accused of paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl. And last week…

NYC gay pride march marks one year of marriage rights

NEW YORK — Tens of thousands celebrated the first anniversary of the legalization of gay marriage in New York state at the annual Gay Pride March Sunday. “Let’s celebrate. We have a lot to celebrate,” said singer Cyndi Lauper, 59, the parade’s grand marshal, “Everybody can be married in New…

Gulf Coast readies for impact of Tropical Storm Debby

MIAMI — The US Gulf Coast braced Sunday for a hit from Tropical Storm Debby, as it pounded parts of the coast with strong winds and heavy rain, forecasters said. The Federal Emergency Management Agency urged Gulf Coast residents to be prepared and monitor Debby’s progress, amid a tropical storm…

South American summit bars new Paraguay leader after ‘parliamentary coup’

Paraguay’s new president was barred Sunday from participating in a summit of South American presidents next week, deepening the country’s isolation over the ouster of former president Fernando Lugo. Argentina’s foreign ministry said the move was adopted by the other members and associate states of Mercosur, a South American trading…

Gentrification, religious tensions threaten historic city of Acre

Amid narrow winding alleys, crumbling courtyards and dark doorways of neglected buildings, a work of art gleams within the walls of Israel’s ancient but dilapidated city of Acre. The Efendi Palace hotel opened in March after eight-and-a-half years of painstaking restoration. A team of experts was brought from Venice to…

Hundreds protest Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s ‘tent city’ jail

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of people have protested in the southwestern US city of Phoenix over the controversial jail tents set up by an Arizona sheriff sued for alleged discrimination against Latinos. Demonstrators sang at the candlelight vigil late Saturday and demanded the closure of the “Tent City” set up…

U.S. urges new Egyptian government to be ‘pillar of peace’

WASHINGTON — The United States congratulated the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi on his election as Egypt’s new president and urged his government to fulfill its role as a “pillar of regional peace.” After a bitterly divisive election that pitted Morsi against Mubarak-era premier Ahmed Shafiq, the White House called on…

Norway’s oil production halts as workers strike over pensions

More than 700 oil workers went on strike in Norway Sunday after pension negotiations broke down, prompting production closures which could cost tens of millions of dollars per day, the employers’ organisation said. The strike which started at 4:00 am (0200 GMT) Sunday involved employees of Norwegian oil group Statoil,…

Al-Jazeera video breaks down military spending by the dollar

More than half of every dollar we pay into taxes goes toward military spending, according to an analysis posted by Al-Jazeera earlier this week. The video illustrates a conversation between radio host Dennis Bernstein and journalist Dave Lindorff. “People have to realize that 53 cents of every dollar that they…

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