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British memorial services held for 9/11 anniversary

LONDON — Families of British victims of the September 11 attacks on the United States attended memorial services in London on Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the atrocity. Around 2,000 people gathered at St. Paul’s Cathedral to remember those killed in the 2001 attacks, who included 67 Britons.…

Merkel urges Germans to be patient with Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on her compatriots to be patient with Greece in its current struggle to overcome a severe debt crisis. “What hasn’t been done in years cannot be done overnight,” Merkel told the Sunday edition of Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper, pointing to Germany’s bid to spruce up infrastructure…

Ferry capsizes off Tanzania, nearly 200 dead

STONE TOWN, Zanzibar (Reuters) – Nearly 200 people drowned when an overloaded ferry capsized off east Africa as it sailed from Zanzibar to Pemba island, police said on Saturday, Tanzania’s worst maritime disaster in at least 15 years. Fishing boats, tour operators and diving instructors spent the night scouring the…

Flight 93 ‘heroes’ honored with 9/11 memorial

America paid tribute to the “forgotten heroes” of 9/11 on Saturday with the solemn dedication of a national memorial to the 40 passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93. Polished granite slabs bearing the names of those who struggled with Al-Qaeda terrorists on the fourth airliner hijacked on September…

Swiss banks ‘allegedly’ providing information to US

Swiss banks have “allegedly” begun providing information to Washington on accounts held by US citizens, Swiss media reported Saturday. Local daily Neue Zuercher Zeitung reported that US authorities had “allegedly” received information from Swiss banks on their American customers, without citing sources. It said that on Friday nine banks “allegedly…

Japan to mark six months since March earthquake

Ceremonies to mourn the dead and rallies against nuclear power were scheduled to take place across Japan on Sunday as the nation marks six months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Silent prayers are to be offered at 2:46 pm, the moment the quake struck six months ago triggering…

Philippines urged to free giant crocodile

An animal rights group urged the Philippines to free what is thought to be the world’s largest crocodile in captivity, even though it allegedly killed two people. The monster 21-foot (6.4-metre) male saltwater crocodile was placed in a penned pond after it was caught in a remote southern creek on…

Turkey wants strong ties with Arab Spring countries

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on Monday begin an “Arab Spring” tour to Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in a bid to forge stronger ties as relations with Israel are sinking to new lows over a flotilla row. The visit to Egypt comes amid a state of high alert…

US will not waver ahead of 9/11 anniversary: Obama

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Saturday, US President Barack Obama reflected on how the United States had “finally delivered justice” to Osama bin Laden. Even as US intelligence agencies chased down what officials said is a credible but unconfirmed threat of an…

Blair warns terror fight not over

Former premier Tony Blair, who played a key role in responding to the 9/11 attacks, said on Saturday Islamist terrorism remained a deep-rooted problem on the eve of the atrocity’s 10th anniversary. Blair praised Western powers for reducing the terrorist threat but warned leaders should not let their guard down…

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