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Japanese high school girl speared in head by javelin

A Japanese schoolgirl was in intensive care Tuesday after being speared in the head by a javelin while taking part in track and field training, an official said. The 2.6 metre (8 ft 6 ins) javelin became lodged in the 15-year-old’s head after being thrown by a student on campus…

British regulator probing seven banks over Libor scandal

LONDON — Britain’s financial regulator is investigating seven financial institutions in the Libor manipulation scandal that claimed the boss of British bank Barclays, a senior official told lawmakers Monday. Tracey McDermott of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) also told a parliamentary committee it was unlikely there would be any criminal…

Syria rebels launch full-scale attack operation

BEIRUT — Syria’s rebels announced the launch of a full-scale attack operation, dubbed “the Damascus volcano and earthquakes of Syria,” as major clashes engulfed several districts of the capital. In a statement released on Monday night, the Free Syrian Army’s central-Homs Joint Command said its operation was launched at 8:00…

Hungary says probing Nazi war criminal ‘raises problems’

BUDAPEST — Pressure was mounting on Hungary Monday over an aged Nazi war criminal found living there, as prosecutors said investigating him was difficult as his crimes happened so long ago and in another country. Several dozen young demonstrators gathered outside Laszlo Csatary’s apartment in an upmarket district of Budapest…

Timbuktu man gets 40 lashes for drinking alcohol

BAMAKO — A Timbuktu man accused of drinking alcohol was given 40 lashes Monday by members of an Islamist group that has seized the north Malian city and imposed Islamic law there, witnesses said. “A young man has just been lashed 40 times for drinking alcohol. The whipping took place…

U.S. will judge North Korea ‘by its actions’

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The United States said Monday it would judge North Korea by its actions as it declined to speculate on the implications of the removal of the secretive communist nation’s army chief. White House spokesman Jay Carney, traveling with President Barack Obama to Ohio, was asked…

Oil prices rise as U.S. Navy fires on boat in Gulf

NEW YORK — Oil prices rose Monday boosted by a higher euro and reports that the US Navy fired on a small vessel in the Gulf off Dubai. Oil prices held onto their gains even after a United Arab Emirates official said the vessel carried Indian fishermen, one of whom…

Libor scandal undermines market confidence: IMF

The scandal of banks having manipulated the Libor global interest rate benchmark is taking a toll on confidence in the markets, the International Monetary Fund said Monday. “The most serious consequence of this scandal, which is under investigation, is that it undermines the certainty and the trust that markets have…

Top Barclays exec claims boss told him to rig rates

A top Barclays executive who quit over the bank’s rigging scandal told British lawmakers Monday that he was instructed by his former boss Bob Diamond to manipulate key inter-bank lending rates. Jerry del Missier resigned two weeks ago over the scandal, which has also claimed the jobs of Diamond and…

War comes to Damascus in Syria revolt ‘turning point’

Syria’s military deployed armoured vehicles near central Damascus on Monday as troops battled rebels around the capital in what activists said could be a turning point in the 16-month uprising. Russia meanwhile slammed as “blackmail” Western pressure to push for a UN Security Council resolution against Syria’s regime and said…

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