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Thousands stranded after Japan typhoon kills 41

Thousands of people remained stranded in western Japan Tuesday after the death toll from a fierce typhoon rose to 41, heaping more misery on a nation recovering from the March earthquake and tsunami. Torrential rain brought by powerful Typhoon Talas, which made landfall Saturday and was the deadliest in seven…

Battle under way for soul of ‘United States of Europe’

Star economists and former national leaders now happily argue that resolving the eurozone debt crisis will eventually demand the surrendering of sovereignty to create a fully-fledged United States of Europe. However, as they press for the political integration they say is needed to prevent the currency union collapsing on an…

6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

JAKARTA — A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the northern part of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, with local reports saying at least one person had been killed. The quake struck at 12:55 am (1755 GMT on Monday) at a depth of 110 kilometres (70 miles), USGS…

Air strikes on Yemen town ‘kill seven civilians’

ADEN — Yemeni air force jets hit an Al-Qaeda stronghold town in the south of the country on Monday, killing seven civilians when they mistakenly struck a mosque, a local official said. “The Yemeni air force accidentally shelled a mosque in Jaar, killing seven people and wounding five others,” the…

Chile enlists psychic in search for plane crash victims

SANTIAGO — Chile on Monday turned to the powers of a psychic to find the bodies of 17 people still missing after a military plane crash near the remote Robinson Crusoe island in the Pacific Ocean. “We’re are working with a person who is on one of the (search) boats,”…

Britain launches 9/11 website for schoolchildren

LONDON — A website to teach schoolchildren in Britain about the events of 9/11 and “demolish conspiracy theories” surrounding the attacks was launched on Monday by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. “It is only if we and our children properly remember and understand 9/11 that we can make sure…

Iran water fights guided from abroad: prosecutor

TEHRAN — The trend of water fights in the Islamic republic has been “orchestrated from abroad,” Iran’s prosecutor general said on Monday, referring to confessions of people arrested. “This is not simply a game with water. This is a campaign which is being orchestrated from abroad,” Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie…

Egypt builds wall around Israel embassy

CAIRO — The Egyptian authorities are erecting a wall around the Israeli embassy in Cairo as relations between the two neighbours who signed a peace treaty in 1979 are at a delicate phase. The wall, about two metres (6.5 feet) high, consists of prefabricated cement slabs that are being installed…

Leaked cable: Lebanon speaker pleased with 2006 Israel raids

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s parliament speaker, a seemingly unshakeable ally of the powerful Shiite Hezbollah, drew pleasure from Israel’s deadly raids on the militant group in 2006, a leaked US diplomatic cable said. The July 2006 cable, classified confidential and released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks last week, said speaker Nabih Berri…

Netflix starts streaming video to Latin America

MEXICO CITY — US video giant Netflix on Monday announced the launch of its television and movie streaming service to Latin America and the Caribbean. The service started Monday in Brazil and would be made available in 43 countries and territories in the region over the next week, wrote Rochelle…

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