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U.S. experts eye Cuba oil plans after BP spill

A group of US experts led by a former top environment official has visited Cuba to gather information on the communist country’s Gulf of Mexico oil exploration plans, according to state media. William Reilly, who led the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under former president George H.W. Bush and led…

Taliban suicide bombs kill 24 in Pakistan

Twin Taliban bombs targeting security forces responsible for the recent capture of senior Al-Qaeda operatives killed 24 people and wounded 82 others in southwest Pakistan on Wednesday, police said. One attacker detonated his bomb-laden car outside the residence of the deputy chief of the Frontier Corps in Quetta city, before…

Kadhafi ‘in Libya’ as aides seek refuge in Niger

Moamer Kadhafi is still in Libya, his media mouthpiece said on Wednesday, as his henchmen sought refuge in Niger and opposition fighters moved in against the last of his forces. “I can tell you that I spoke with Kadhafi very recently,” Mishan al-Juburi, the owner of Arrai Oruba television, the…

British lawmakers debate health care reform

LONDON — British lawmakers opened a stormy debate on Tuesday about a proposed overhaul of the state-run National Health Service that has divided the ruling coalition and drawn criticism from the medical profession. Critics fear the wideranging changes could be the first step on a slippery slope to privatisation of…

Oliver Stone son in Iran to plan documentary

TEHRAN — The son of triple Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, who annoyed Iranians with his 2004 movie “Alexander,” is in Iran to make arrangements for a documentary, Iranian news agencies reported on Tuesday. “Sean Stone is in Iran to make arrangements for filming a documentary,” the ILNA news agency quoted…

Heavy fighting erupts in Sudan conflict town

KHARTOUM — Heavy fighting erupted in the capital of Sudan’s embattled Blue Nile state on Tuesday evening, a witness said, a day after the newly installed military governor declared that the security situation had returned to normal. “One hour ago, I heard gunfire and artillery bombardments in different parts of…

U.S.: Europe has ability to face debt crisis

WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday it was confident Europe had the ability and will to tackle its debt crisis and said there was “no question” events across the Atlantic could impact the US economy. Officials in Washington are eyeing events in Europe as fears mount that a banking…

Ex. News Corp bosses say they investigated hacking

LONDON (Reuters) – News Corp did all it could to investigate a claim in 2007 that phone hacking was widespread at its News of the World tabloid before concluding there was no evidence to support it, a former human resources executive said on Tuesday. Daniel Cloke, who was in charge…

The world still thinks Americans are “coolest”: poll

LONDON (Reuters) – They may be witnessing their global superpower influence decline in the face of challenges from other emerging players on the world stage, but Americans have been voted the world’s “coolest nationality” in an international poll. Social networking site Badoo.com (www.badoo.com) asked 30,000 people across 15 countries to…

Malaysia seizes nearly 700 elephant tusks

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian authorities have seized nearly 700 elephant tusks bound for China, an official said, the latest in a series of hauls indicating Malaysia had become a key ivory transit hub. Inspectors discovered the 695 African elephant tusks, worth three million ringgit ($1 million), on Friday in Klang,…

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