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Three killed in Canada university shooting

Three employees of an armored car company were shot dead and a fourth person was wounded early Friday at the University of Alberta in the western Canadian city of Edmonton, according to local media. An Edmonton police officer told AFP that “shots were fired” but declined to provide further details,…

Standing ovation for Suu Kyi at Swiss parliament

A rapturous standing ovation greeted Aung San Suu Kyi at the Swiss parliament on the second day of her landmark European trip Friday, after she cancelled her engagements the night before due to exhaustion. The Myanmar democracy icon, who is on her first trip to Europe after years under house…

Japan PM set to order nuclear restart this weekend

Japan’s prime minister is set to defy fierce public sentiment this weekend and order nuclear reactors back online for the first time since Fukushima, as he seeks to head off a summer energy crunch. Yoshihiko Noda is expected to tell Kansai Electric Power (KEPCO) to re-fire two idled reactors at…

Japan police arrest final Tokyo gas attack fugitive

Japanese police on Friday arrested the final fugitive member of a religious cult that launched nerve gas attacks on Tokyo’s subway in 1995, killing 13 people and injuring thousands. The capture of Katsuya Takahashi brings to an end a police hunt for those behind the coordinated release of Nazi-developed sarin,…

U.S. provides communications aid for Syria opponents

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday acknowledged providing communications equipment and other forms of assistance to members of the “peaceful opposition” in Syria. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the aid is part of “non-lethal” assistance to Syrians living under President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and part of a global…

Niagara Falls hopes tightrope walker will bring luck

NIAGARA FALLS, New York — Thousands of tourists are expected Friday in Niagara Falls to witness Nik Wallenda walk a tightrope across the famous waterfalls, and the town here is hoping to get lucky as well. Two towns of the same name are positioned across the falls, one on the…

Grave concern: Widow moves into hubbie’s tomb

BUENOS AIRES — An Argentine widow was spending days in the tomb of her husband who died two years ago, having set up a bed, Internet access and even a small cooker next to his coffin, officials told AFP Thursday. “Police found Adriana Villareal had carried out some work in…

Chavez reveals Venezuela has built first drone

CARACAS — President Hugo Chavez has revealed that Venezuela has made its first drone in partnership with Iran, Russia and China, and said Caracas plans to start exporting it soon. “It is one of the three planes that we have manufactured here, and we are continuing to make them… not…

Japan will restart two nuclear reactors

A controversial decision to restart two nuclear reactors in western Japan moved closer on Thursday when the mayor of a town near the plant gave his approval, reports said. Japan’s entire stable of 50 working reactors is currently offline after a backlash against nuclear power following the quake-tsunami that sparked…

Counterfeit coins call Sweden’s Carl XVI Gustaf a ‘whore king’

Counterfeit Swedish coins bearing a reference to “whore king” Carl XVI Gustaf have been found in circulation, media reports said Thursday. The coins appear to make fun of the monarch over his rumoured infidelities, detailed in an unauthorised biography published in 2010 and which he never denied outright. At least…

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