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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…

‘No hint’ of U.S. plan for Assange extradition: Australia

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr Sunday said there was “no hint” of a plan to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States should he be sent to Sweden. Assange, an Australian, took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London on Tuesday to seek asylum so as to avoid his…

Double leg amputee scales Mount Kilimanjaro

A double leg amputee has pulled himself up Africa’s highest mountain, disproving doctors who said he would never be a functioning member of society.” Spencer West, 31, lost his legs as a child after a genetic disorder — sacral agenesis — paralyzed the lower half of his body. But he…

Bolivia, fearing coup from police mutiny, deploys troops

Bolivia’s military ordered troops into the streets of major citiesSaturday following a police mutiny that the government said appeared to be setting the stage for a coup attempt. Communications Minister Amanda Davila said the striking police were stockpiling weapons and pressuring other units to turn over their arms, calling it a “coup scenario.”…

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