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FBI releases photos, videos of Russian spies

The FBI has released declassified photos, videos and other documents collected during the decade-long surveillance of 10 Russian “deep cover” spies who were arrested and deported last year. One video showed Anna Chapman, a 28-year-old spy whose nude pictures and racy romances made her an instant tabloid sensation, meeting in…

Japan lawmaker drinks water from Fukushima plant

TOKYO — A Japanese lawmaker has drunk a glass of water taken from a radioactive puddle inside a reactor building at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in a bid to prove decontamination efforts are working. Television footage showed a visibly nervous Yasuhiro Sonoda gulping down water that he said had…

Iraqi Christians mark anniversary of massacre

BAGHDAD — Hundreds of Iraqi Christians filled Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad amid tight security on Monday to mark the first anniversary of a massacre of worshippers and priests by militants. The church’s interior is still pock-marked by bullet holes, even a year after the attacks claimed by…

Head of famed London cathedral quits over ‘Occupy’ protest

LONDON — The head of St Paul’s Cathedral resigned on Monday after facing criticism for trying to evict protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement from outside the central London landmark. Dean Graeme Knowles said he was leaving with “great sadness” but hoped for a peaceful resolution to the…

U.S. stops payments to UNESCO over Palestinian vote

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it is stopping financial contributions to UNESCO after the Palestinians were admitted to the organization as a full member. The United States also acknowledged that it could lose international influence as it would lose its right to vote in the UN Educational, Scientific…

‘Anonymous’ threatens to identify Mexicans involved with drug cartels

The hacker activist group “Anonymous” said this weekend that it may begin revealing the names and addresses of individuals who work for the Zetas drug cartel, in hopes that the Mexican government would step in and arrest them. Shortly after the release, announced in a video published in Spanish and…

Libyan transition council claims to find Gaddafi’s nuclear weapons

(Update: The rebels found radioactive materials left over from Gaddafi’s uranium enrichment program, according to later reports, which does not meet the technical standard of a “nuclear weapon.” ) In the years leading up to the fall of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, it was not clear to the U.S. or its…

Cheers and fears as world population hits seven billion

Asia welcomed the world’s first symbolic “seven billionth” baby on Monday, but celebrations were tempered by worries over the strain that humanity’s population explosion is putting on a fragile planet. The United Nations says that by its best estimates the sevenbillionth baby will be born somewhere on October 31, and countries around the…

Cameron threatens to cut aid over gay rights

Britain will consider withholding aid from countries that do not recognize gay rights, Prime Minister David Cameron said, afterCommonwealth leaders failed to adopt reforms on the issue. “Britain is now one of the premier aid givers in the world. We want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to proper human rights, and…

Arab League urges Syria to take tanks off streets

A proposed Arab League plan to end months of bloodshed in Syriaincludes a demand to remove tanks from the streets, the head of the pan-Arab group Nabil al-Arabi told AFP on Monday. “The Arab proposal to Syria calls for withdrawing tanks and all military vehicles to bring an immediate end to the violence…

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