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North Korea says U.S. fired at its flag

North Korea on Sunday denounced US-South Korean military drills near the tense border as a “provocation” and vowed to “further bolster up its nuclear deterrent”, state media reported. Some 2,000 South Korean and US troops along with jet fighters, tanks and attack helicopters took part in the live-fire exercise Friday…

Tech experts: move to cloud data ‘a potential gold mine for cybercriminals’

The Internet “cloud” has become the hottest topic in computing, but the trend has created a new range of security issues that need to be addressed. The cloud is associated with things like personal emails and music which can be accessed on computers and a range of mobile devices. But…

Saudi Arabia clears women for Olympic competition

The BBC reported Sunday that Saudi Arabia would allow female athletes to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In a statement issued by the Saudi embassy in London, the country’s Olympic Committee said it would “oversee participation of women athletes who can qualify,” ending months of questions about…

New ideas needed in Iran nuke deadlock: analysts

VIENNA — World powers negotiating with a defiant Iran over its nuclear programme need to risk more and get more “creative” if they want to break a deadlock that threatens tipping into military conflict, analysts say. After three high-level meetings in three months, the latest in Moscow last week, Iran…

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first Islamist president

CAIRO — Egyptian president-elect Mohamed Morsi is to become the first Islamist head of state in the Arab world’s most populous nation after being declared winner in a divisive run-off with ex-premier Ahmed Shafiq. Morsi, one of the leaders of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, has pledged that Egypt under his…

China earthquake kills at least two, injures 100

An earthquake on Sunday hit a mountainous area of southwest China, killing at least two people and injuring around 100, the official Xinhua news agency said. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.5 and struck the border between the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan…

Turkey bombs Kurd positions in Iraq

Turkish warplanes have carried out strikes on suspected Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq, the army said on Sunday. The general staff said on its website the air strikes had hit “nine targets belonging to the separatist terrorist organisation” referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), on June 22-24.…

Mexico’s ‘perfect dictatorship’ on brink of comeback

PRI’s Enrique Peña Nieto on course for presidency after party spends 12 years rebuilding its formidable machine The chant rippled from the front of the stage and was adopted by a thousand voices, the volume swelling until the hall reverberated with one endlessly repeated word: Enrique. Enrique. Enrique. Once just…

Ousted Paraguay leader accuses lawmakers of ‘coup’

Paraguay’s ousted leader Fernando Lugo on Sunday accused lawmakers of carrying out a “parliamentary coup d’etat” to force him from power, as international protests mounted over his abrupt removal. In his first public appearance since his impeachment on Friday over a deadly land dispute earlier this month, Lugo again blasted…

Dozens arrested after Israel ‘social protest’

Eighty-five people were arrested in Tel Aviv overnight after scuffles between demonstrators and security forces following the detention of a social protest leader, police said on Sunday. The unrest broke out in reaction to incidents during a small rally on Friday, when police arrested Dafni Leef, one of the leaders…

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