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U.S. electric car market full of spark

The US market for all-electric cars is charging up, with plug-in vehicles rolling off US dealer lots despite much higher costs, battery fire scares and falling gasoline prices. Plug-in cars racked up strong sales in the first six months of the year, automakers said, even with their tall sticker prices…

Terror suspect tracked to London Olympic Park

An Islamist terror suspect in Britain charged with breaking restrictions on his movements had crossed through London’s Olympic Park five times, newspapers reported Sunday. The 24-year-old — named only as CF — is suspected of being a militant for Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-allied Shebab rebels, The Sunday Telegraph and the Sunday Mirror…

Barclays rate-rigging scandal sends shockwaves through world finance

The Barclays rate-rigging scandal is sending shockwaves through world finance, putting ethics and regulation under scrutiny, and raising the prospect of criminal charges in a sector-wide global probe. Britain’s Serious Fraud Office said Friday it will investigate the interbank rate manipulation scandal which has engulfed Barclays, forced three top resignations,…

Not investing in Afghanistan ‘could negate sacrifices’

The blood and treasure sacrifices of the past could be wasted without investment in Afghanistan’s civil society when foreign combat forces leave, a world donors’ conference in Tokyo was told on Sunday. UN chief Ban Ki-moon, who is among key global figures gathering in the Japanese capital for talks on…

Massive Mars crater image beamed back by NASA rover ‘Opportunity’

NASA scientists say crater, formed by an impact billions of years ago, is the largest yet encountered It could be the Sahara or Egypt’s Western Desert, but this sand-covered crater is the latest image from Mars. The picture was taken from US space agency Nasa’s Mars exploration rover, Opportunity, close…

Tens of thousands protest Mexican presidential election results

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Mexico CitySaturday against the presidential election win of Enrique Pena Nieto, accusing him and his party of widespread vote-buying. The marchers claim Pena Nieto, from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), “bought” his way to victory by handing out gift cards and securing paid favorable media coverage from the country’s two…

Libya holds first free national election after 40 years of Gaddafi

Voters flocked to cast their ballots Saturday in Libya’s first free national election in decades after the ouster of dictator Moamer Kadhafi, despite protests disrupting some polling in the restive east. Gunmen killed one person and wounded another near a polling station in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, an official told AFP, a day…

134 killed in massive Russian floods

Flash floods deluged Russia’s southern Krasnodar, killing at least 134 people — many feared drowned in their beds — in the region’sworst natural disaster in decades, officials and witnesses said Saturday. President Vladimir Putin inspected the damage by helicopter, the Kremlin said, amid recriminations from residents who accused authorities of abandoning them. Television footage…

West African presidents urge war crimes probe in Mali

West African presidents said at a crisis summit on Mali Saturday that the international war crimes court should probe abuses committed in the country’s Islamist-held desert north. The six leaders also urged Malian civil leaders to secure a national unity government that could address the crisis that has hit their country since a March 22 military…

Egyptian women speak out against sexual violence

Egyptian women are speaking up against sexual violence after harrowing tales of mob attacks in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square prompted initiatives to combat the “epidemic.” Surrounded by volunteers to protect them, dozens of women took to the street on Friday to demand a “safe Tahrir,” as part of a series…

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