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Saudi Arabia clears women for Olympic competition

The BBC reported Sunday that Saudi Arabia would allow female athletes to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In a statement issued by the Saudi embassy in London, the country’s Olympic Committee said it would “oversee participation of women athletes who can qualify,” ending months of questions about…

Romney advisor: Blame Democrats for DREAM Act’s failure

An advisor for Mitt Romney blamed the Democrats Sunday for the DREAM Act’s defeat in Congress, ThinkProgress reports. Former commerce secretary Carlos Gutierrez said the Obama administration “played with Hispanics” during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Nation, the same program in which Romney senior advisor Ed Gillespie refused…

New ideas needed in Iran nuke deadlock: analysts

VIENNA — World powers negotiating with a defiant Iran over its nuclear programme need to risk more and get more “creative” if they want to break a deadlock that threatens tipping into military conflict, analysts say. After three high-level meetings in three months, the latest in Moscow last week, Iran…

Ex-Horace Mann teacher admits having sex with young students

A former teacher at New York’s Horace Mann prep school has admitted to having sex with “maybe three” of his former students. Tek Young Lin, now 88 and living in California, told The New York Times his advances towards students “did not seem really wrong.” Lin’s admissions come on the…

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first Islamist president

CAIRO — Egyptian president-elect Mohamed Morsi is to become the first Islamist head of state in the Arab world’s most populous nation after being declared winner in a divisive run-off with ex-premier Ahmed Shafiq. Morsi, one of the leaders of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, has pledged that Egypt under his…

North Carolina bar faces firestorm for alleged racism

“What makes me so undesirable as a patron?” Jonathan Wall is asking. It’s a question that has gotten increasing amounts of attention since his story went online earlier this week. Wall, a 21-year-old grad student, posted his account of an ugly encounter with employees at the Downtown Sports Bar &…

China earthquake kills at least two, injures 100

An earthquake on Sunday hit a mountainous area of southwest China, killing at least two people and injuring around 100, the official Xinhua news agency said. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.5 and struck the border between the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan…

Turkey bombs Kurd positions in Iraq

Turkish warplanes have carried out strikes on suspected Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq, the army said on Sunday. The general staff said on its website the air strikes had hit “nine targets belonging to the separatist terrorist organisation” referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), on June 22-24.…

Ousted Paraguay leader accuses lawmakers of ‘coup’

Paraguay’s ousted leader Fernando Lugo on Sunday accused lawmakers of carrying out a “parliamentary coup d’etat” to force him from power, as international protests mounted over his abrupt removal. In his first public appearance since his impeachment on Friday over a deadly land dispute earlier this month, Lugo again blasted…

China achieves nation’s first manual space docking

A Chinese spacecraft on Sunday successfully completed the country’s first manual docking in orbit, a milestone in an ambitious programme to build a space station by the end of the decade. The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft linked with the Tiangong-1 module just over a week into a manned space mission which includes…

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