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World needs joint nuclear safety approach: report

The global upsurge in the use of nuclear power in countries such as China, Russia and Britain must be accompanied by a greater focus on security and the management of nuclear waste, a report said Thursday. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the respected Royal Society called for a…

Ai Weiwei named world’s most important art figure

LONDON — Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who hit the headlines during his 81-day detention by Chinese authorities, was on Thursday named as the world’s most powerful art figure by influential magazine Art Review. Ai, who was released in June after being imprisoned for “economic crimes”, tops the London-based publication’s…

Kadhafi son captured in Sirte: NTC

TRIPOLI — Mutassim Kadhafi, a son of Libya’s former leader, has been arrested in his hometown of Sirte, the new National Transitional Council said Wednesday. “Mutassim Kadhafi was captured at Sirte and was transferred to Benghazi” in the country’s east, NTC advisor Abdelkarim Bizama told AFP. “We did not announce…

U.S. seeks U.N. Security Council support for Iran action

UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Wednesday sought UN Security Council support for action to hold Iran “accountable” for an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, diplomats said. France and Britain have already given strong backing to the US government. But the US administration will also…

Iran rejects “vulgar” U.S. plot allegation

TEHRAN (Reuters) – U.S. allegations that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington are a “mischievous” attempt to fuel tension between Tehran and Riyadh, a senior Iranian official said on Wednesday. U.S. authorities said on Tuesday they had broken up a plot by two men linked to Iran’s security agencies to kill the Saudi envoy, Adel…

Fighters move in for kill in Kadhafi town

orces of Libya’s new regime were looking to move in for the kill against Moamer Kadhafi’s diehards in his hometown Sirte on Wednesday after meeting little resistance and taking several key landmarks. A day after seizing Sirte’s police headquarters, the National Transitional Council (NTC) forces were still locked in skirmishes around eastern districts and…

Russia’s Putin leaves China with no gas deal

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin left China on Wednesday after a visit that yielded $7 billion in trade pacts but no breakthrough on a long-delayed gas deal with the world’s top energy consumer. Putin held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao andPresident Hu Jintao in Beijing on his first foreign trip since he announced plans…

European stocks rally on hopes of Slovakia vote switch

European stocks rose and the euro hit a three-week dollar high on Wednesday as markets expected Slovakia to eventually back expansion of a eurozone bailout fund despite lawmakers voting against it. Traders shrugged off disappointing results from aluminium producer Alcoa, which kicked off the US earnings season overnight. After falling at the start of trading…

Clinton voices concern over Egypt violence

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced “deep concern” about deadly weekend violence that killed 25 people in Egypt, mainly Coptic Christians. Clinton phoned top Egyptian diplomat Mohamed Kamel Amr to convey “the need for the Egyptian government to ensure that the fundamental rights of all Egyptians are…

Rumsfeld urges Taiwan to clarify defense needs

TAIPEI — Former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld insisted on Tuesday that further United States arms sales to Taiwan were needed as China continued with its ambitious military modernisation plans. Rumsfeld, who considers himself “a longtime friend of Taiwan”, urged the island to keep seeking weapons from the US, and…

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