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Struggling Nevada Latinos could bet on Republicans

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The casinos of Las Vegas may be glittering on the outside, but behind the bright lights the reality for many workers here, especially Latinos, has been pretty grim for the last few years. And President Barack Obama, who counted partly on the Latino vote to secure…

Libya leadership ‘stained’ by Kadhafi killing: Britain

LONDON — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday that the reputation of Libya’s new leaders had been “stained” by the killing of ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi. Hammond said he would like to see an investigation into the death of Kadhafi, who was captured alive during the fall of his…

Syria’s Assad names new governors as protests grow

DAMASCUS — Syria’s under-fire president Sunday appointed two new governors in flashpoint provinces that have seen staunch protests against his regime, as security forces reportedly killed three more civilians. On the political front the European Union was set to call anew on President Bashar al-Assad to step down and to…

Pope creates three new saints

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI created three new saints of the Catholic Church on Sunday in recognition of their missionary and social work with a canonisation mass in St Peter’s Square. “Christians can show the world God’s love by loving their neighbour. Today, the Church shows its members three…

Magnitude 7.6 earthquake hits eastern Turkey: USGS

HAKKARI, Turkey (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit near Van in southeastern Turkey on Sunday near the border with Iran, Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory and Research Institute said, and media reported some buildings had collapsed. The institute said the earthquake struck at 1041 GMT (6:41 a.m. EDT) and was 5…

A ‘peace community’ in war-ravaged Colombia

SAN JOSE DE APARTADO, Colombia — The scene in rural Colombia might have been lifted from a picture postcard. Horses graze in a pasture and children scamper among flowering trees. But the idyllic image belies the stark realities of life in San Jose de Apartado, a “peace community” in northwestern…

Tunisians begin voting in first ‘Arab Spring’ vote

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisians began voting on Sunday in the first election of the “Arab Spring” uprisings, and were expected to hand a share of power to Islamists for the first time. The election, the first free vote in Tunisia’s history, will set a standard for other Arab countries where…

Police taser man who swings knife near Albuquerque ‘Occupy’ protesters

(Reuters) – Albuquerque police tasered a man who lunged at four Occupy Albuquerque protesters while swinging a knife and later told police that their presence was disrespectful to a state university, police said on Saturday. The man, 48-year-old Miguel Aguirre, approached at least four protesters on Friday near the University…

Police break up ‘Occupy Sydney’ protest in raid

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Police broke up a Sydney protest camp inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in an early morning raid on Sunday, making dozens of arrests, police and protesters said. The ‘Occupy Sydney’ protest against corporate greed and economic inequality in the Martin Place business district had been…

Russia reveals visa blacklist, includes high-ranking U.S. officials

Russia said Saturday it had put high-ranking US officials implicated in “human rights crimes” on a visa blacklist, warning Washington against increasing diplomatic pressure over the prison death of a lawyer. Washington had earlier outraged Moscow by banning visas for an unspecified number of Russian officials linked to the 2009…

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