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Egyptians throw tomatoes, chant ‘Monica’ at Sec. Clinton

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was taunted by chants of “Monica, Monica” by tomato-throwing demonstrators as she visited the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on Sunday. The chants, referring to the Monica Lewinsky scandal when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president, were heard outside the US…

Olympics chair says security gaffe won’t jeopardize games

The chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee Sebastian Coe said Sunday that a recruitment shortfall by private security firm G4S would not jeopardize the safety of the Olympic games. G4S chief executive Nick Buckles on Saturday said he was “very sorry” that 3,500 troops had to be drafted in…

Honduras counts the human rights cost of America’s war on drugs

The deep bullet wound in Hilda Lezama’s thigh is a livid pointer to Honduras’s unwanted status as the latest front line in America’s war on drugs. For all of her 53 years Lezama has lived in Ahuas, a village of wooden homes built on stilts, close to the fast-flowing Patuca…

Bangladesh convicts more than 250 nurses and patients

A Bangladesh court has jailed more than 250 people including paramilitary guards and male nurses for joining a 2009 mutiny, prosecutors said Sunday. Scores of senior army officers were killed during the uprising that began when soldiers at the Bangladeshi Rifles (BDR) headquarters in the capital Dhaka went on a…

Obama delay ‘unacceptable’: Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama must not wait until his re-election bid is resolved to take action to stop the slaughter of thousands in Syria, the head of the main Syrian opposition group said Sunday. “We would like to say to President Obama that waiting for election day to…

Indian media footage of girl being sexually assaulted sparks outrage

Indians have reacted with anger and disgust over video footage of a young woman being sexually assaulted by a laughing mob of more than a dozen men in a busy street outside a bar in north-east India. Not only did no one intervene for up to 45 minutes during the…

McCartney & Springsteen run afoul of London curfew

Aging rockers Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney were silenced on Saturday night after over-running at a gig in London’s Hyde Park. Ex-Beatle McCartney had joined Springsteen onstage at the end of the US star’s headline slot at Hard Rock Calling, but both found their microphones cut off before they could…

More than 381,000 infected in Chinese outbreak

The Chinese province of Hunan urged parents on Sunday to seek immediate treatment for children showing symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease after official figures showed 112 people died from the illness last month. The disease, which children are especially vulnerable to, also infected more than 381,000 people, the…

North Korea’s Kim again seen with mystery lady

SEOUL — A smartly dressed woman seen with Kim Jong-Un at recent public events was Sunday again shown on state television accompanying the North Korean leader, increasing speculation that she could be his wife. The short-haired brunette was first shown with Kim earlier this month, but official media has not…

Tough summer ahead for markets, analysts forecast

PARIS — Despite making progress, the eurozone debt crisis remains unsolved and, in a repeat of last summer, could still bring nasty surprises to global stock markets in July and August, analysts said. In measuring up the coming summer weeks, “market sentiment is extremely negative,” said Alexandre Hezez, a trader…

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