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Lawyers slam Canada as Guantanamo inmate languishes

MONTREAL — Lawyers for a young Canadian held for 10 years at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay said Thursday the government has failed to honor a deal with the United States to bring him home. Omar Khadr, who was born in Toronto and became a child soldier for…

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has ‘no idea’ if Ecuador asylum bid will succeed

Julian Assange has admitted that he has no idea whether his bid for political asylum in Ecuador to avoid extradition to Sweden will be successful. The WikiLeaks founder, who has sought refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he did not know when a…

UN aims at universal access to clean energy by 2030

RIO DE JANEIRO — UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday outlined plans at the Rio+20 summit to provide universal access to energy by 2030, with tens of billion of dollars in funding from business and investors. The initiative aims to ensure universal access to clean and efficient energy for 1.3…

Mexico arrests son of Sinaloa drug cartel boss

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s military on Thursday said it had captured the son of Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, dealing a major blow against the notorious crime syndicate run by this country’s most wanted man. “Following an intelligence operation, Jesus Alfredo Guzman, the presumed son of Joaquin…

European campaign bills science as a ‘girl thing’

With few women in Europe taking up research jobs, a campaign launched Thursday by the EU executive seeks to convince teenagers that science is a “girl thing.” “Science does not just mean old men in white coats,” said Research and Science Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn. “The under-representation of women in a…

Iraqi lawmakers halt work until blast walls around statehouse are replaced

The speaker of the Iraqi parliament said on Thursday that he had ordered a halt to all work at the legislature until concrete blast walls removed in recent days are put back. Osama al-Nujaifi said that if the government were confident that the security precaution was no longer necessary, then…

U.S. and European Union form ‘global alliance’ to track online pedophilia

The European Union and the United States called on the rest of world Thursday to join them in a “global alliance” to combat child sex abuse on the Internet and track down paedophiles. The initiative aims to boost efforts to identify and protect victims, cut down on child pornography available…

Britain and U.S. consider offering immunity to Assad

Britain and the United States have discussed offering Syrian President Bashar al-Assad immunity from prosecution if he steps down as part of a political transition package, reports said Thursday. Britain’s Foreign Office said there was “no new offer” on the table when asked to comment on the reports in several…

Zookeepers hunt for squirrels that escaped during Japanese typhoon

Zookeepers in Japan were Thursday hunting a group of squirrels that made a break for freedom under cover of a powerful typhoon. About 30 of the bushy-tailed creatures saw their chance when typhoon Guchol felled a tree near their enclosure at Tokyo’s Inokashira Park Zoo, cutting a hole in the…

Assange bail donors stand to lose money if Ecuador asylum is granted

Why Assange's bid for Ecuador asylum may dismay supporters (via The Christian Science Monitor) As many questions as answers surrounded Julian Assange’s continued sojourn at the Ecuadorian embassy in London Thursday morning, as the Australian founder of WikiLeaks awaited Ecuador’s response to his plea for asylum. Mr. Assange’s decision Tuesday…

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