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U.S. urges Libya to probe alleged executions

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday urged Libya to uphold human rights and to probe a report of summary executions of Moamer Kadhafi loyalists, calling the allegations “extremely disturbing.” The US State Department also called on Libya to respect the rights of women after Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the interim…

Scottish whiskey named best in the world

LONDON — A single malt whisky produced by a distillery in a remote part of Scotland has beaten 1,200 whiskies from around the world to be crowned World Whisky of the Year. The Old Pulteney whisky produced by the Pulteney distillery in Wick, northern Scotland, took the top spot in…

Analysis: What would happen if the Chinese economy crashes?

(Reuters) – The China hard-landing debate is a classic tail risk story — an unlikely scenario, but if it materializes the consequences could be catastrophic. Because of their close trade links, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong would be among the first to feel the pain should China’s…

EU ‘relatively close’ to bank deal on Greece debt

Negotiators from the European Union and banks are “relatively close” to a deal to write off around half of Greece’s 350-billion-euro debt pile, an EU official said on Monday. “We’re relatively close to a deal,” said EU economic affairs commissioner Olli Rehn’s spokesman, Amadeu Altafaj. While talks are ongoing, he underlined…

U.S. envoy quits Syria for ‘security reasons’

US envoy to Syria Robert Ford, an open critic of President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on political dissent, has gone on indefinite leave for security reasons, an embassy official said on Monday. “Ambassador Robert Ford is on leave indefinitely. Washingtondecided to give him the leave out of concerns about his personal safety,” the…

Liberated Libya begins task of forming govt

Libya’s new leaders began Monday the tough task of forging aninterim government uniting the nation’s disparate political forces after 42 years of Moamer Kadhafi’s iron-fisted rule, promising a system of Islamic sharia law. “Today, we begin preparing for a new phase… the phase after the liberation, the phase that we will plan and…

Desperate hunt for survivors after Turkey quake

Rescuers scrambled through the rubble in a desperate search on Monday for survivors of an earthquake that killed at least 264 people in Turkey as residents fled the scenes of carnage. People living in eastern Van province issued cries for help on Twitter, giving out the addresses of collapsed buildings…

Sarkozy ‘sick’ of Cameron’s EU interference: reports

French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister David Cameron at Sunday’s EU summit, saying he was “sick of him telling us what to do,” Britain’s press reported. During talks in Brussels to resolve the eurozone debt crisis, the French leader accused Cameron of “interfering in our…

Kirchner celebrates re-election landslide in Argentina

President Cristina Kirchner celebrated a landslide re-election victory in Argentine elections, giving an emotional speech a year after the death of her husband and political partner. “I’m the first woman to be re-elected president. I don’t want anything more,” the center-left politician said to a rowdy crowd in a Buenos…

Eurozone might ask China, Brazil for debt bailout help

BRUSSELS — Eurozone leaders are toying with the idea of asking China and other emerging powers to help them out of the debt crisis by taking part in a bailout fund, but some are reluctant to call in Beijing. The possibility of asking for China, Brazil and others to come…

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