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U.S. condemns ‘provocative’ mosque attack in Israel

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday condemned what it called a “dangerous and provocative” attack on a mosque in a Bedouin village in Israel, calling on law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice. “The United States strongly condemns the dangerous and provocative attacks on a mosque in the…

Oil sands environmental impact unknown: Canada audit

OTTAWA — Key gaps in information mean Canada has been unable to assess the impact of exploiting Alberta’s oil sands, the nation’s environment commissioner said Tuesday. Lack of information due to “insufficient or inadequate environmental monitoring systems” mean the federal environmental and water agencies cannot build a clear picture of…

U.S. condemns car bombing in Somalia

WASHINGTON — The United States forcefully condemned Tuesday the Islamist militant group Shebab’s attack in Somalia, where more than 70 people were killed in a car bombing. Those killed in the “despicable and cowardly act” included students taking taking an exam in hopes of getting a scholarships to study abroad,…

German coalition rebels to hold euro fund vote

Rebels from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners, the Free Democrats, have collected enough signatures to force a party vote on the EU’s permanent bailout fund, they announced Tuesday. FDP member Frank Schaeffler, one of the most prominent rebels, said on his website that 3,650 signatures had been gathered, or…

Pioneer of Israel’s settler movement dies

Hanan Porat, a former Israeli parliamentarian who was a driving force behind the Jewish settlement movement in the West Bank, died of cancer on Tuesday, his family said. He was 67. Born in 1943 in British Mandate Palestine, he was raised on a kibbutz built by Holocaust survivors near the West Bank town of Bethlehem which was later…

Somalia car bombing kills at least 57

A car bomb ripped through a government compound in Mogadishuon Tuesday, killing at least 57 in the deadliest attack by Somalia’s Shebab since they launched their insurgency almost five years ago. Witnesses described the carnage as the worst they had seen in Mogadishu since Somalia plunged into chaos two decades ago and said the…

Boehner deals blow to ‘dangerous’ China bill

Republican US House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday warned against passing “dangerous” legislation to punish China for its alleged currency manipulation, dealing a damaging blow to the bill’s prospects. “It’s pretty dangerous to be moving legislation through the United States Congress forcing someone to deal with the value of their currency,” Boehner…

Japan to continue Antarctic whaling: farm minister

Japan will go ahead with its annual whale hunt in Antarctica while boosting security to guard against possible harassment by environmental protesters, the agriculture and fisheries minister said Tuesday. “Japan will conduct the research whaling while strengthening measures against acts of sabotage, including dispatching Fisheries Agency escort ships,” said Agriculture,…

Swiss warn massive ice chunk may break off glacier

A massive part of a glacier the size of 12 football fields in the Swiss Alps could break off, local authorities warned, after the discovery of an enormous crevasse in the glacier. Swiss authorities have formed a crisis team to monitor the situation and blocked all hiking trails close to…

Thailand’s ‘worst’ floods leave 224 dead

Thailand’s worst monsoon floods in decades have killed 224 people and affected three quarters of the country, including part of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, officials said Tuesday. Authorities were meanwhile battling to stop the floods reaching the centre of low-lying Bangkok, as forecasters warned of more wild weather to…

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