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Police: 184 held in Poland after Euro 2012 violence

Police detained 184 football fans after the Russia-Poland Euro 2012match sparked clashes which Poland’s sports minister said Wednesday had left her feeling “ashamed”. Joanna Mucha described the violence which broke out ahead of Tuesday’s match in Warsaw as “shocking”. “These were your average hooligans who have nothing in common with real fans,” the sports minister…

India assures U.S. of economic vigor

India insisted that its economy would regain vigor and satisfy foreign investors as it fended off US accusations of a worsening business climate ahead of high-level talks. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday holds an annual dialogue on the shape of the growing relationship, fresh after clearing a main…

Fourteen bodies found in eastern Mexico: officials

XALAPA, Mexico — The dismembered bodies of at least 14 people were found Tuesday in an abandoned pickup truck in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, the scene of a violent drug turf war, authorities said. Alerted by an anonymous call late Monday, authorities found the corpse-laden vehicle parked on…

Russia sending attack helicopters to Syria

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Russia Tuesday of sending attack helicopters to Syria, warning it will escalate the fighting and openly questioning whether the UN mission can survive beyond the end of its mandate in July. As a top UN peacekeeping official said Syria had now…

World Bank: Developing countries need bigger economic buffers

The World Bank on Tuesday urged developing countries to build up their buffers against financial storms arising from the high-income countries, especially in Europe. Developing countries have fewer means to weather shocks to their economies than they had in 2007, before the global financial crisis accelerated, and need to prepare…

UN: Syria now in full-scale civil war

Syria is now in a full-scale civil war, UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Tuesday, as UN observers reported they were fired on as they tried to enter a town feared to be the target of a new massacre. The news came as the Syrian government accused Washington of…

First and only woman to win the Nobel Economics Prize Elinor Ostrom dies at 78

Elinor Ostrom, the first and only woman to win the Nobel Economics Prize since it was first awarded 40 years ago, died Tuesday, said Indiana University. She was 78. The university where Ostrom worked since 1965 and conducted groundbreaking research on the ways people organize themselves and manage resources said…

Family of ‘Canadian Psycho’ victim says loss is ‘devastating’

The family of a Chinese student murdered and dismembered in Montreal called their loss “devastating” on Tuesday and urged the extradition of suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta, now in a German jail, as soon as possible. Magnotta, dubbed the “Canadian Psycho,” allegedly stabbed Lin Jun with ice-pick, carved up his body…

Skeleton from ‘vampire’ ritual unearthed in Bulgaria

Another centuries-old skeleton of a man who was subjected to a ritual to stop him from turning into a vampire was unearthed in central Bulgaria Tuesday, archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov said. “The skeleton was tied to the ground with four iron clamps, while burning ambers were placed on top of his…

Scientists: China’s soil pollution could be a bigger long-term problem than air or water

Nowhere is the global push to restore degraded land likely to be more important, complex and expensive than in China, where vast swaths of the soil are contaminated by arsenic and heavy metals from mines and factories. Scientists told the Guardian that this is likely to prove a bigger long-term…

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