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U.S. stocks score 3-day rally on stimulus hopes

NEW YORK — US stocks rallied for a third straight day Tuesday, buoyed by hopes for more stimulus from the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank to boost weak economies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished at 13,168.60, up 51.09 points, or 0.39 percent. The tech-rich Nasdaq gained 25.95…

New York cops probe massacre threats on Twitter: ‘People are gonna die like Aurora’

NEW YORK — New York police said Tuesday they want to force Twitter to reveal who posted Tweets threatening to massacre theatergoers in a copycat of the recent bloodbath at a cinema in Colorado. “I might just shoot up this theater in New York,” one Tweet said. “I’m serious, people…

Greek authorities conducting mass arrests of undocumented immigrants

Greek authorities have begun one of the country’s biggest crackdowns yet on suspected illegal immigrants, deploying 4,500 police around Athens and detaining more than 7,000 immigrants in less than 72 hours. Most have been released, but about 2,000, mostly Africans and Asians, were arrested. They were sent to holding centres…

French mafia figure gunned down in broad daylight at butcher shop

BASTIA, France — An alleged key figure in one of Corsica’s most powerful crime families, Maurice Costa of the “Brise de Mer” gang, was gunned down in broad daylight Tuesday at his local butcher shop, police said. Two masked gunmen shot and killed Costa, 60, at 11:08 am (0908 GMT)…

Physicists on ‘Armageddon’: A nuke would have been a ‘cheap firecracker’ on an asteroid

When Bruce Willis used a nuclear bomb to save Earth from a giant asteroid in the movie Armageddon, the scenario had little science and a lot of fiction, physicists said on Tuesday. Willis’ nuke would have had as much impact on the rock as a cheap firecracker and was used so late that the…

Pharma giant Pfizer fined for bribing officials in Eastern Europe and China

The US charged Pfizer and its subsidiary Wyeth on Tuesday with paying millions of dollars in bribes to build their business in Eastern Europe and China, and set hefty fines on the two to settle the charges. The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission both said Pfizer subsidiaries…

Protesters greet Madonna in Russia over her support of Pussy Riot

US pop icon Madonna found herself in hot water in Moscow on Tuesday after she waded intoRussia’s fiercest controversy by calling for the release of three women in the Pussy Riot protest punk band. The one-time “material girl” and current campaigner for human rights causes arrived in Moscow on Monday to open a new…

Study: Chance that extreme weather isn’t cause by climate change is ‘negligible’

Unusually hot summers, and the destructive droughts and wildfires that follow, are the product of climate change, according to a study of recorded global temperature data by a prominent Nasa scientist. The study uses recorded temperature data, rather than prediction models, to assert that climate change is responsible for recent extreme weather events including last…

Ramadan ‘police’ go after Pakistan’s cafe culture

With its wooden floors, leather sofas and customers peering at their Apple laptops as they sip their coffees, Mocca Cafe is the not the den of iniquity that might normally attract a police raid. But Islamabad’s police have suddenly found cause to turn their attention to the capital’s poshest eateries…

DreamWorks plans $3.2 billion China tourist attraction

DreamWorks Animation on Tuesday said it plans to build a $3.2 billion “entertainment zone” in Shanghai, as the US film giant seeks to bolster its presence in the booming Chinese market. The studio’s newly-formed China joint venture, Oriental DreamWorks, is set to open the tourism attraction in 2016, the creator…

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