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U.S. contacts Greece after militant behind Americans’ deaths escapes

The United States on Wednesday voiced concern that a far-left Greek militant whose group was behind the killings of five Americans has disappeared while on prison leave. Washington has been in contact with Athens since Christodoulos Xiros, 56, serving six life sentences for his role as a hitman with the…

China will work with Ghana to tackle illegal gold mining

China’s foreign minister on Wednesday said Beijing was tackling illegal gold mining in Ghana, after hundreds of his compatriots were arrested and sent home for extracting the mineral without permission. Wang Yi, on a four-nation tour of Africa, told reporters after meeting his Ghanaian counterpart Hannah Tetteh in Accra that…

Russia blocks U.N. Security Council statement ripping Syrian government

Russia on Wednesday blocked a British-drafted UN Security Council statement condemning the Syrian government attacks on the city of Aleppo, diplomats said. It was the second time in a month that Russia objected to a western bid to slam President Bashar al-Assad’s air assault against Syria’s biggest city which has…

Canada reports first H5N1 flu death in North America

Canada announced Wednesday the first H5N1 avian flu death in North America, in the western plains province of Alberta, of a patient who had just returned from China. It was also the first known instance of someone in North America contracting the illness, Canada Health Minister Rona Ambrose told a…

Europe’s soccer community rallies around ex-German star after he announces he’s gay

The football world has been quick to rally round Thomas Hitzlsperger, who has become the first German international to “come out” as a homosexual. Hitzlsperger’s announcement in the magazine Die Zeit has been heralded by players across Europe as an important step forward. And on a day when Paris Saint…

30,000 people sign petition calling for Washington Post to disclose Amazon.com’s CIA ties

More than 30,000 people have signed an online petition calling on The Washington Post to tell readers that Amazon, founded by its owner Jeff Bezos, does business with the CIA, activists behind the campaign said Wednesday. RootsAction.org said it would deliver the petition at the newspaper’s downtown Washington headquarters next…

New York Gov. Cuomo announces medical pot pilot program

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday he will authorize the medical use of marijuana, making his the 21st US state to do so and one of the biggest. Cuomo, a Democrat who has in the past opposed such a measure, announced a limited pilot program to serve the state…

Rescue teams search for crew members of Navy helicopter that crashed off coast of Virginia

A US Navy helicopter crashed off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday and rescue teams were searching for one of its crew members, a military official said. The MH-53E Sea Dragon went down “off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia” at about 11:30 am local time (1630 GMT) during”routine training,” said a…

Jury finds London police lawfully killed man whose death sparked 2011 riots

An inquest jury concluded that police lawfully killed a man whose shooting in 2011 sparked deadly riots across the country. Family members and supporters of Mark Duggan shouted obscenities and smashed a door after the decision was read out at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The 29-year-old father…

Emails show Gov. Chris Christie’s staff closed bridge to punish political opponents

Gov. Chris Christie’s office knew what was coming in GWB traffic controversy, emails show (via NJ.com) A series of private emails between a top aide to Gov. Chris Christie and a political appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey shows the governor’s office was well aware…

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