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Belgian king names new government after 18-month crisis

BRUSSELS — Belgian King Albert II named Socialist Elio Di Rupo to head a new government Monday, turning the page on 540 days without a government — the longest political crisis in the country’s history. A palace statement said “the King this evening received Elio Di Rupo at Belvedere castle…

2012 London Olympics security budget doubled

The security budget for the 2012 London Olympics has doubled, a government report out Monday showed, with plans to recruit almost 14,000 extra personnel. The operation to provide security at more than 100 venues has swollen after the decision was taken to boost staff numbers, the December 2011 Olympic Quarterly…

Saudi Arabia may join nuclear arms race: ex-spy chief

Saudi Arabia may consider acquiring nuclear weapons to match regional rivals Israel and Iran, its former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal said on Monday. “Our efforts and those of the world have failed to convince Israel to abandon its weapons of mass destruction, as well as Iran… therefore it is…

34 Syrians seized by militia found dead: report

Thirty-four Syrians abducted by pro-regime “shabiha” militiamen on Monday were found dead in the flashpoint central city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The Britain-based watchdog said an activist on the ground reported seeing “the bodies of 34 civilians, in a square in the pro-regime neighbourhood of…

Japan supercars in $4 million highway pile-up

Speeding was fingered as a possible cause Monday of what is believed to be Japan’s most expensive ever road accident when up to $4 million-worth of supercars ended up in a crumpled heap on a highway. Eight Ferraris and a Lamborghini — plus a Toyota Prius — were among the…

Merkel, Sarkozy demand tough new eurozone pact

France and Germany want a new EU treaty by March with tougher budgetary rules to deal with the eurozone debt crisis, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday. The two leaders made the announcement after crunch talks in Paris at the start of a crucial week for the…

Hundreds of flights cancelled due to Beijing smog

Beijing authorities cancelled hundreds of flights and shut motorways on Monday as thick smog descended on the Chinese capital, reducing visibility at one of the world’s busiest airports. Air quality in Beijing reached “hazardous” levels on Monday, according to the US embassy, which conducts its own measurements, while the official Xinhua news agency said…

Sarkozy, Merkel to thrash out euro crisis plan

French President Nicolas Sarkozy hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday to thrash out details of a plan to save the euro at the start of a pivotal week for the single currency. The meeting comes as Italy kicked off the crucial week with a draconian austerity package of cuts, taxes and pension reforms to…

Assange can take extradition fight to top UK court

LONDON (Reuters) - British judges ruled on Monday that Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, could take his year-long fight against extradition to Sweden to theSupreme Court, the highest court in the land. Swedish authorities want to question the 40-year-old Australian over accusations of rape and sexual assault made by two female former WikiLeaks…

U.S., Israel covert war against Iran suspected: report

Many former US intelligence officials and Iran experts believe last month’s explosion at a military base near Tehran was part of a covert effort by the US, Israel and other states to disable Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, The Los Angeles Times reported late Sunday. The huge explosion ripped through…

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