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Strauss-Kahn claims immunity in U.S. civil case

NEW YORK — Dominique Strauss-Kahn claimed immunity Monday as he sought the dismissal of a US civil case, accusing a hotel maid of inventing sexual assault claims that derailed his efforts to right the global economy. “As managing director, which is the chief executive position at the IMF, Mr. Strauss-Kahn…

U.S. weighs blacklisting Haqqani network

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering placing the Haqqani network on its list of terror groups after blaming the militants for deadly attacks in Afghanistan, a US official said Monday. Seven leaders of the Haqqani network, which operates from safe havens in Pakistan and was founded by former CIA…

Lockerbie bomber will not face new prosecution

TRIPOLI — Libya’s transitional justice minister Mohammed al-Alagi said on Monday that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, should not face a new prosecution. His comments came after officials said prosecutors in Scotland had formally asked Libya’s new government to help them with the investigation…

Israel court frees Al Jazeera journalist

DOHA — An Israeli military court decided on Monday to release Al-Jazeera journalist Samer Allawi who was detained on August 10, the Doha-based news channel said. Allawi, a Palestinian, is Al-Jazeera’s Kabul bureau chief and was arrested by Israeli security officials as he tried to cross from Jordan into the…

Enough water to double world food production: study

BRASILIA — There is enough fresh water in the world to double food production in the next decades — the problem is its inefficient use, according to a study released Monday at the World Water Congress meeting in Brazil. “There is clearly sufficient water to sustain food, energy, industrial and…

Treasure hunters eye huge silver haul from WWII ship

MIAMI — When the SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-boat, it took its huge silver cargo to a watery grave. Seventy years later, US divers said they are working to recover what may well be the biggest shipwreck haul ever. Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration on Monday confirmed the…

Israeli PM rejects charge of killing hundreds of thousands

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday described as “outrageous” remarks by Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he claimed Israel had killed “hundreds of thousands” of Palestinians. In an interview with the English-language Jerusalem Post, excerpts of which were published on Monday, the Israeli prime minister expressed anger over comments…

China backs Palestinian U.N. bid

China on Monday highlighted its support for the Palestinian bid for full membership of the United Nations but called for “prudent” international action on Syria. China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said his country would back Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in any Security Council vote on membership, which the United States…

Johns Hopkins scientists figure out how to ‘disarm’ AIDS virus

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University said recently that they have learned how to “disarm” the AIDS virus by eliminating the cells’ membranes, effectively stopping it from hijacking its victim’s immune system. Research results published last week in the medical journal Blood indicated the treatment method could lead to a vaccine…

Successor chosen by Dalai Lama ‘illegal’: China

China said Monday any successor chosen by the Dalai Lama would be “illegal” after the Tibetan spiritual leader announced that he, and not Beijing, would decide whether he should be reincarnated. The Dalai Lama, who is 76, said on Saturday he would decide when he was “about 90″ whether he…

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