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Huge Japan tsunami dock washes up on U.S. beach

A huge floating dock cast adrift by Japan’s killer tsunami has washed up on an Oregon beach, believed to be the biggest piece of flotsam to make landfall on the US West Coast so far. The 66-foot (20-meter) long rectangular structure, made of concrete and metal, was spotted floating off…

Consumerism poses threat to vulnerable species

The developed world’s insatiable appetite for products like coffee and timber is threatening the survival of one in three vulnerable animal species in poor countries, according to an Australian study. Academics at the University of Sydney spent five years tracking the world economy, evaluating over five billion supply chains connecting…

US running out of patience with Pakistan: Panetta

The United States is running out of patience with Pakistan over safe havens for insurgents who attack US troops across the border in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday. Panetta was speaking during a brief visit to Kabul overshadowed by Afghan fury over a NATO air strike that allegedly…

U.S. won’t stop tweeting China air quality readings

WASHINGTON — The United States said that its embassy and consulates in China would not stop tweeting reports on air quality readings in Beijing and Shanghai, which have annoyed the Chinese authorities. “This is an initiative by the embassy in Beijing, by the mission in China, to convey what we…

NATO air strike kills 18 civilians at Afghanistan wedding

On a day of deadly violence that underlined the vulnerability of Afghans, , more than 30 civilians were killed by Taliban suicide attackers and a Nato air strike on Wednesday. Civilians are regular victims of the fighting that now affects most of Afghanistan, and last year a record number of…

McCain leads lawmaker fury over classified data leaks

WASHINGTON — The White House helped touch off a row with John McCain Wednesday after it said the senior Senate Republican was “grossly irresponsible” for accusing top members of the Obama administration of leaking classified information. McCain, Barack Obama’s rival in the 2008 presidential contest, had blasted the White House…

Kony rebels still abducting hundreds of children: UN

UNITED NATIONS — Joseph Kony’s Lord Resistance Army has abducted more than 600 child soldiers and sex slaves over the past two years even as the hunt for the rebel leader intensifies, the UN said Wednesday. Efforts to trap Kony have been redoubled since the release of an Internet documentary…

Republicans hope Scott Walker’s Wisconsin victory will boost Romney

Republicans have moved swiftly to try to turn their triumph in Wisconsin’s recall election into a springboard for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Party leaders hailed Scott Walker’s crushing blow to both organised labour and Democrats in Tuesday’s vote as a victory whose momentum could take them to the White House.…

Majority of U.S. seniors now going online: poll

WASHINGTON — It’s taken a while, but a majority of Americans aged 65 and older are now finally using the Internet or email, according to the results of a Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday. Reporting its findings, Pew’s Internet research unit said 53 percent of senior citizens in the…

‘Inadequate’ controls led to JPMorgan loss: regulator

WASHINGTON — A top US bank regulator told lawmakers Wednesday that “inadequate” risk controls at JPMorgan Chase led to a $2 billion derivatives loss, as senators grilled him and others over a failure to prevent the debacle. Democratic Senator Robert Menendez used the Senate Banking Committee hearing to unleash a…

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