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Netanyahu warns Iran on high-profile U.S. visit

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday winds up a high-profile US visit focused on Iran’s perceived nuclear threat after warning that his country would not live in the “shadow of annihilation.” Netanyahu was to meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and visit the US Congress a day after keenly-watched talks withPresident Barack…

Syria presses assaults ahead of Annan peace bid

Syrian forces pursued armed rebels on Tuesday in a number of flashpoint areas ahead of a peace mission by UN-Arab League envoyKofi Annan, as a top US senator called for air strikes to protect civilians. Soldiers in tanks and armoured carriers stormed the town of Herak in the southern province…

Thousands flee Australian town as flood fears grow

SYDNEY — More than 8,000 people fled their homes in Australia’s flood-hit southeast Tuesday as fears grew that a levee holding back the swollen Murrumbidgee River would fail. Floods have hit three eastern states this week, sweeping two men to their deaths after they attempted to cross waterways in cars…

Taiwan plans to lift ban on most drug-treated U.S. beef

TAIPEI — Taiwan said it plans to lift a ban on most US beef containing a controversial growth drug in an apparent bid to facilitate trade talks with Washington, triggering a protest from opponents. The plan, pending parliament’s approval, will allow import of beef treated with ractopamine, a feed additive…

Twin blasts hit Egypt gas pipeline: officials

CAIRO — Two explosions on Monday hit a pipeline which supplies Egyptian gas to Israel and Jordan, marking the 13th such attack in just over a year, security officials said. Six gunmen in an unmarked vehicle set explosives in two different parts of the pipeline, about 15 metres (yards) apart,…

Canada targets Syrian central bank in new sanctions

OTTAWA — Canada imposed Monday a fresh round of sanctions on Syria targeting the central bank and seven cabinet ministers in a bid to halt President Bashar al-Assad’s deadly crackdown on dissent. The Canadian embassy in Damascus and a consulate also were shuttered and Canadian diplomats left the country, the…

U.S. ready to provide aid for Congo blasts

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it is preparing to provide emergency aid to the victims of huge and deadly blasts at a munitions depot in Congo. “We are obviously saddened by the loss of life and damage caused by Sunday’s explosion at the munitions depot in Brazzaville,” State…

Senator McCain urges air strikes on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria through air strikes on President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, Senator John McCain said on Monday. “The ultimate goal of air strikes should be to establish and defend safe havens in Syria, especially in…

EU considers quotas for women directors

The EU warned Monday it is ready to legislate to get more women into boardrooms, after just 24 out of the European Union’s estimated 20 million businesses signed up to a voluntary initiative. “Personally, I am not a great fan of quotas. However, I like the results they bring,” European…

Chavez faces more cancer treatment before Venezuela vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez said he will needradiation treatment for cancer in the run-up to Venezuela’s October presidential poll, though he insisted there was no metastasis after the removal of another tumor. “I will live! I will overcome!” the 57-year-old socialist leader said in a televised meeting with some cabinet colleagues from Cuba,…

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