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Peru investigates deaths of almost 900 dolphins

LIMA — Officials in Peru said Thursday they are investigating what caused the deaths of nearly 900 dolphins that have washed up on its northern coast over the past four months. Authorities said they suspect a virus may be responsible, but are awaiting test results to know whether they can…

Norway killer says ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2′ played key role in training

Anders Breivik, the admitted mass murderer in Norway who slaughtered 69 people amid a sudden attack and bombing last year, said in court Thursday that he played Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to sharpen his aiming skills ahead of the attack, adding that he was previously a 16-hour-a-day…

Son of legendary climber dies on Everest

The son of fabled Everest climber Ang Rita Sherpa has died attempting to scale the mountain, officials said on Thursday, in the first death of the season on the world’s highest peak. Karsang Namgyal Sherpa, an experienced climber in his own right who had conquered the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak several times, collapsed at Everest base…

India tests new long-range missile amid China rivalry

India on Thursday successfully test fired a new missile capable of delivering a one-tonne nuclear warhead anywhere in rival China, marking a major advance in its military capabilities. Watched by hundreds of scientists, the Agni V blasted off shortly after 0800 am (0230 GMT) from a concrete launchpad on an island off…

Indonesian eight-year-old smoker kicks habit

An eight-year-old Indonesian boy who smoked more than a pack a day from age four has kicked the habit, a child-welfare commission said Thursday. The boy, Ilham, has put on two kilograms (4.4 pounds), since going into treatment with the independent Child Protection Commission a month ago, said its chairman, Arist Merdeka Sirait. “He has…

Norway gunman says planned three bombs plus shooting

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway last July, said Thursday he had originally planned to set off three car bombsrather than one before going on a shooting rampage in Oslo. “The plan was three car bombs followed by a shooting,” the right-wing extremist told an Oslo court on the fourth day…

CIA ‘wants more’ drone strikes in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The CIA is seeking permission to launch more airborne drone strikes in Yemen, even when there is a risk the victims might not always be terrorists, The Washington Post reported. The targets would be chosen based on intelligence reports indicating suspicious behavior, such as images of militants unloading…

Mexico volcano spouts large column of ash and steam

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano, outside the Mexican capital, spouted a large column of ash and steam Wednesday but officials did not raise alert levels or start evacuations. “We had an increase in activity … we saw the emission of a large column of water vapor with significant amounts…

Top Egypt Islamist says military seeking to keep power

CAIRO — The powerful Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater, barred from Egypt’s first post-Arab Spring presidential election, accused the country’s military rulers on Wednesday of seeking to stay in power and promised an anti-government protest. He spoke after the electoral commission confirmed that 10 candidates had been barred from standing, rejecting…

Arab countries waste billions on oil subsidies: UN report

Arab countries are wasting tens of billions of dollars on subsidies for petrol and energy but dare not roll them back for fear of a political backlash, a UN report said. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) report this week said six of the world’s 10 biggest subsidizers are in the…

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