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World’s security depends on nuclear summit: Obama

SEOUL — US President Barack Obama told fellow leaders they have the world’s safety in their hands, as a 53-nation summit on combating nuclear terrorism held its first full session on Tuesday. “The security of the world depends on the actions that we take,” he said in a speech at…

Obama proposes ex-Bush official as envoy to Iraq

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday nominated a former member of president George W. Bush’s national security staff to be the next US ambassador to Iraq. If the Senate approves his nomination, Brett McGurk will become the first US ambassador to Iraq since the United States withdrew all its…

U.S. suspends Mali aid after coup

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it was suspending tens of millions of dollars in aid to Mali after a coup in the African nation last week, and called for the elected government to be restored. “We have now taken the decision to suspend our assistance to the government…

Prison for Japan executive in U.S. price fix case

WASHINGTON — A Japanese businessman has been sentenced to a year in prison and fined $20,000 for his role in scheme to fix the prices of heater control panels installed in US cars, officials in Washington said Monday. Businessman Norihiro Imai pleaded guilty at a federal court in Detroit, Michigan,…

U.S. soldier killed at Afghan police checkpoint: official

WASHINGTON — A US soldier was killed at an Afghan police checkpoint on Monday in the latest “insider attack” by local security forces, a US military official said. The assault in eastern Afghanistan was the second shooting incident of the day involving Afghans opening fire on their NATO-led allies, with…

Celebrity hacker pleads guilty in U.S. court deal

LOS ANGELES — A 35-year-old computer hacker pleaded guilty Monday to breaking into the email accounts of stars including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, and was taken in custody. Florida hacker Christopher Chaney, who had been free on bond since his arrest last October — weeks after nude photos of…

France’s Strauss-Kahn charged in vice ring

LILLE, France — Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged Monday with involvement in an organised vice ring that procured prostitutes for top-class clients, lawyers said. Prosecutors said the 62-year-old former Socialist finance minister and one-time presidential favourite had been released on 100,000 euros ($135,000) bail following the charges.…

Somali pirates hijack Iran cargo ship in Maldives

Somali pirates seized an Iranian-owned cargo ship and its 23-strong crew in the first hijacking within Maldivian territory, a senior security official said. The vessel identified as MV. Eglantine, had been seized off the north-western Hoarafush island in the Indian Ocean atoll nation of the Maldives, the Maldivian National Defence…

Microsoft seized two U.S. hacker ‘command’ servers

Microsoft on Monday said that cyber crime “command” servers in two US states were seized in an ongoing campaign to sever online crooks from infected computers used as virtual henchmen. A team headed by the software colossus capitalized on laws crafted to fight organized crime groups to obtain court orders…

Canadian court rules to allow brothels

A Canadian court on Monday quashed portions of a law banning brothels and living off the avails of prostitution, lifting key barriers which it said put sex trade workers at risk of harm. The Ontario Court of Appeal, however, upheld a ban on communicating for the purposes of selling sex.…

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