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France suspect dead after resisting arrest: police source

The alleged Al-Qaeda militant believed responsible for a killing spree is dead, a police source said Thursday, after he resisted a raid on his besieged home in southern France. Three police were wounded in the assault, one “fairly seriously”, with journalists able to hear sustained gunfire from at least two…

Chevron accused of ‘environmental crime’ in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — Federal prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday accused US oil giant Chevron and 17 executives of “environmental crime” in connection with a major spill off southeastern Brazil last November. The country’s national oil regulator estimates that 2,400 barrels of crude were spilled in the accident,…

Clinton vows no Afghan peace without women’s rights

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed Wednesday never to accept a peace agreement in Afghanistan that rolls back women’s rights, despite reaching out to the Taliban for talks. The United States is seeking a political settlement that would allow NATO forces to leave by the end of…

French police surround self-declared Al-Qaeda militant’s apartment

French police laid siege Wednesday to an apartment block where a self-declared Al-Qaeda militant who has claimed a series of deadly attacks on troops and Jewish children was holed up. Prosecutors said suspect Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, had fought off several police assaults on his flat…

Russian jet takes off with ‘hole in wing’

What looked like a large hole in the wing did not stop a Russian airline jet from taking off for Siberia with dozens of panicked passengers on board. The Boeing 737 jet was delayed on the tarmac of a Moscow airport when one of the passengers looked out of a…

Mysterious ‘zombie’ disease afflicts thousands of Ugandan children

Agnes Apio has to tie up her son Francis before she can leave the house. In his state, he is a danger to himself. Where once he walked and talked like a normal child, now he is only able to drag himself along in the dirt. Francis is suffering from…

Zoo probes mystery rhino deaths

An Australian outback zoo was Wednesday investigating the sudden and mystifying deaths of four white rhinos who showed “neurologic abnormalities” like stumbling. The Taronga Western Plains Zoo, a safari-style animal park about 400 kilometres (248 miles) west of Sydney, said toxins, bacterial infection, snake venom and organ failure had so far been ruled out…

Greece receives first 7.5 bn euros in new bailout

ATHENS — Greece received on Tuesday a first payout of 7.5 billion euros ($9.9 billion) under its second international bailout, a finance ministry official said. Greece received 5.9 billion euros from the eurozone and 1.6 billion euros from the International Monetary Fund, said the official. Following a debt swap with…

India govt. accused of concealing poverty by lowering poverty line to 44 cents per day

India’s opposition politicians accused the government on Tuesday of seeking to conceal widespread poverty after it declared that any Indian who spent 44 cents a day was not poor. Figures released by the Planning Commission on Monday showed a substantial drop in the country’s poverty figures under the Congress-led government,…

Massive earthquake rocks Mexico

A massive earthquake, measuring as high as a 7.6 magnitude, hit Oaxaca, Mexico Tuesday afternoon, according to USGS. The earthquake is within a few hours of where 13-year-old Malia Obama, President Barack Obama’s oldest daughter, is reportedly on spring break. The earthquake’s magnitude was originally measured at 7.9 before being…

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