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China rejects U.S. accusations it protects Syrian regime

China Monday rejected US accusations that Beijing and Moscow were responsible for protecting the Syrian regime, after they vetoed a UN resolution condemning Damascus for its crackdown on protests. “China does not accept the accusations” of the United States on the Syrian veto, foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters.…

Panama ex-dictator Noriega suffers possible stroke

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was taken from his prison cell to a public hospital for treatment following a possible stroke, officials said. The 77-year-old Noriega was taken to the Hospital Santo Tomas after suffering “hypertension with a possibility of a stroke,” national police said in a statement that did…

Record floods in Australia force mass evacuation

Flood waters rose Monday in parts of Queensland as the Australian state raced to complete the largest evacuation in its history with police boosting their presence to prevent looting. Thousands of Australians have been forced to abandon their homes as a record deluge sweeps through areas still reeling from last…

Obama says U.S. working ‘in lockstep’ with Israel on Iran

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Sunday sought to reassure Americans over the threat posed by Iran, saying the United States was working “in lockstep” with Israel to bring Tehran to heel over its suspect nuclear program. Obama said the Islamic republic was “feeling the pinch” of ever tougher sanctions…

U.S., Canadian imams issue fatwa against honor killings

Over 30 American imams signed a fatwa Saturday condemning honor killings, after a Canada court convicted Afghan immigrants for murdering four female relatives accused of damaging the family’s reputation. “There is no justification for honor killings, domestic violence and misogyny in Islam,” according to the religious order issued by the…

Cash-strapped Europe struggles to up military might

MUNICH, Germany — With little cash to spare for their armed forces, Europeans must deepen military cooperation after incessant US pressure urging old allies to start pulling their own weight. A parade of world defence leaders and experts meeting at the Munich Security Conference issued stark warnings about Europe’s place…

Clinton seeks alternatives to turn screws on Assad

SOFIA, Bulgaria — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed Sunday to bolster existing sanctions against the Syrian regime and seek further ones to block funding and arms shipments to Damascus. Seeking other ways to turn the screws on Assad a day after Russia and China vetoed a resolution on…

‘Oldest marathon runner’ competes in Hong Kong

A 100-year-old British Indian man who claims to be the world’s oldest marathoner was all smiles after completing a 10-kilometre run at the Hong Kong marathon on Sunday. Born in 1911 and affectionately nicknamed the “Turbaned Torpedo”, Fauja Singh finished the race in just over one hour and 34 minutes,…

Greek leaders in emergency meeting for debt deal

Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos held an emergency meeting with political allies on Sunday after hours of “superhuman” negotiations with EU-IMF bailout auditors failed to produce a rescue deal. George Papandreou, Antonis Samaras and George Karatzaferis — the leaders of the socialist, conservative and far-right parties backing the government —…

Russia, China have let Syrians down: Britain

Russia and China’s UN Security Council veto has let the Syrian people down by backing President Bashar al-Assad’s “brutal suppression”, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Saturday. Their action would only encourage further bloodshed, said Hague in a strongly worded statement responding to their veto of a UN Security Council resolution…

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