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Americas summit leaves Obama little to cheer about

US President Barack Obama came to Colombia hoping to defend US trade interests in Latin America. Instead, he found himself isolated on Cuba, and faced with a Secret Service sex scandal. Pressure from his counterparts at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena to do more than just compliment their “remarkable” progress and bring Cuba back into…

No ice loss seen in major Himalayan glaciers

One of the world’s biggest glacier regions has so far resisted global warming that has ravaged mountain ice elsewhere, scientists reported on Sunday. For years, experts have debated the state of glaciers that smother nearly 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 sq. miles) of theKarakoram range in the western Himalayas. Straddling parts of China, Pakistan and India, the…

FCC ends probe of alleged Google Street View privacy violations

SAN FRANCISCO — US government telecom regulators have ended an investigation into Google’s “Street View” online mapping service gathering data from private wireless hotspots. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) enforcement bureau on Friday called for Google to pay a $25,000 penalty for stalling the probe but said that it could…

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei says internet censorship will fail

LONDON — Dissident artist Ai Weiwei warned the Chinese government that its attempts to censor the internet would inevitably fail, in an article published in Monday’s Guardian newspaper. Ai, who was held for 81 days last year as police rounded up dissidents amid online calls for Arab-style protests in China,…

Italians celebrate International Pillow Fight Day

ROME — Some 100 people did battle with feather-filled pillows Sunday in front of central Rome’s Santa Maria in Trastevere church, to celebrate International Pillow Fight Day. The pillow warriors, most between 18 and 30 years old, lined up face-to-face, then unleashed their fiercest pillow-fight moves when the church’s bells…

Summit of the Americas ends with U.S. still blocking Cuba

By Gerard Aziakou CARTAGENA, Colombia — Leaders from across the Americas ended a two-day summit here Sunday with no final statement, failing to agree on Cuba’s inclusion at future summits in the face of US and Canadian opposition. The vast majority of the region’s democratically elected leaders attending the talks…

Geithner hopeful for renewed drop in U.S. jobless rate

NEW YORK — US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said on Sunday said that US unemployment numbers, which stalled earlier this month, could resume their decline ahead of November’s election in which the economy will top voters’ concerns. “If the economy keeps growing at a moderate pace, then, yes, more people…

Bahrain opposition starts F1 protests

DUBAI — Hundreds of Bahrainis demonstrated on Sunday after a Shiite opposition call for a week of pro-democracy protests to coincide with the F1 Grand Prix to be hosted by the Gulf state. Waving red and white Bahraini flags and holding pictures of jailed Shiite activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is…

Afghan response to attacks ‘sign of progress’: U.S. envoy

WASHINGTON — US Ambassador Ryan Crocker to Kabul said the ability of Afghan security forces to respond to a wave of coordinated attacks Sunday across Afghanistan were a “clear sign of progress.” “We’ve seen a very professional performance by Afghan security forces,” Crocker told CNN on Sunday after militants launched…

Estonian robots boost global online clothing market

TALLINN — Fashion fans have one more reason to swap brick-and-mortar shops for online retailers: a company in tech-savvy Estonia has come up with a way to let you try on new clothes on your own computer. The Fits.me company aims to end the guessing game about size and spare…

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