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Three climbers die on Everest

Three climbers have died on their descent from the summit of Mount Everest, tour agents and officials said Monday, bringing the season’s death toll to five on the world’s highest peak. A 61-year-old German and a South Korean aged 44 died on the mountain’s south face on Sunday, Ang Tshering…

London to deploy security force of 40,000 during Olympics

LONDON — Some 12,500 officers will be deployed daily during the Olympic Games in the country’s largest ever pre-planned policing operation, according to the Metropolitan force. With 67 days to go until the event begins, police revealed that 52 forces from around Britain will provide officers for the operation, which…

NATO decides to activate missile shield despite Russian threats

NATO leaders launched Sunday the first phase of a US-led missile shield for Europe, risking the wrath of Russia which has threatened to deploy rockets to EU borders in response. A NATO official told AFP that US President Barack Obama and his allies “just decided” at a Chicago summit to…

Ahmadinejad should ‘open nightclubs’: Iran MP jibes

TEHRAN — A hardline Iranian MP on Saturday took a jibe at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for failing to support an Islamic dress code for women, suggesting the president should now move to open “nightclubs” in the Islamic republic. Fars news agency quoted MP Ali Motahari as saying that the president’s…

Egypt protest seeks to end military courts

CAIRO — Several hundred activists took part in a one-day hunger strike in Cairo on Sunday to protest the ruling military council’s continued use of military courts to try civilians. The protesters said the symbolic action was intended to show solidarity with hundreds of prisoners now facing trials before military…

G8 pledges to lift 50 million Africans out of poverty

G8 leaders on Saturday pledged to lift millions of Africans out of poverty by promoting investments in sustainable agriculture. “Today we commit to launch a New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition to accelerate the flow of private capital to African agriculture, take to scale new technologies and other innovations…

Spain’s ‘indignants’ have huge support

Spain’s “indignant” protest movement against economic inequality and spending cuts continues to enjoy widespread support a year after it was launched, a poll published on Sunday showed. Overall 68 percent of Spaniards said they had sympathy for the movement, compared to 66 percent who expressed that opinion in June 2011…

Libyan Lockerbie bomber Megrahi dies

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, the only person convicted over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing over Scotland in which 270 people were killed, died on Sunday, his brother told AFP. “He died an hour ago,” Abdelhakim al-Megrahi said, putting the time of death at shortly after 1.00 pm (1100 GMT). Doctors had…

Obama says world will try for Burma reform

President Barack Obama, fresh from easing US sanctions on Myanmar, said at the G8 summit Saturday that world powers would do all they could to promote the country’s political reforms. Obama lifted some investment restrictions on the nominally civilian-ruled nation this week, hoping to reward President Thein Sein for taking steps toward political change, and to encourage…

First tropical storm of season forms off U.S. east coast

The first tropical storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane seasonformed Saturday off the southeastern US coast with winds of 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour, US weather forecasters said. Dubbed “Alberto,” the storm was 140 miles (225 kilometers) southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, moving southwest at a speed of three miles (six kilometers) per…

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