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Courts, cold hit Canada ‘Occupy’ protests

OTTAWA — A court on Monday ordered Occupy protesters in Canada’s largest metropolis to take down their tents in a downtown Toronto park as demonstrators in Vancouver also faced a deadline to clear out. “It is time this protest has come to an end,” Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told a…

Brazil to fine Chevron at least $28 million over oil spill

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil slapped a $28 million fine on US energy giant Chevron Monday for an oil spill from a leaking well off Rio de Janeiro state and warned the fines could total much more. In the first of an expected slew of fines, Rio state’s environment secretary…

Egypt’s government abruptly resigns as deadly clashes rock Tahrir Square

Egypt’s cabinet said on Monday it had resigned as clashes raged inTahrir Square between police and protesters demanding democratic change in the country’s biggest crisis since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. State television quoted a military source as saying the ruling military council had rejected the resignation, but Information Minister Osama Heikal told the official…

Ahmadinejad’s press aide denies arrest reports

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s media adviser denied on Monday reports in local print media that he had been arrested after holding a news conference. Iran’s conservatives accuse Ahmadinejad of being in the grip of a “deviant current” of advisers seeking to undermine the power of hardliners, including the influential…

Several hurt as Saudi forces fire on protest: report

Saudi security forces opened fire on protesters in the Eastern Province Shiite region of Al-Qatif on Monday, wounding several people, witnesses said. The demonstrators had taken to the streets in the town of Shwika to protest against the death overnight Sunday of a 19-year-old Shiite man, Nasser al-Mheishi, accusing police of killing him, the witnesses…

Taliban commanders claim peace talks with Pakistan

Senior commanders in the Pakistani Taliban on Monday claimed to be holding initial peace talks with the government that could end a wave of bombings that has killed thousands of people. Reports of the contacts emerged on the same day that 16 Pakistani troops were killed in two separate attacks — 14 in an ambush blamed on separatist…

UK cuts ties with Iran banks over nuclear concerns

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said Monday Britain was cutting links with Iranian banks because of “evidence” that they are involved in the development of a nuclear weaponsprogramme. “The UK government has just announced new financial sanctions against Iran. We are ceasing all contact between the UK financial system and the Iranian banking system,” Osborne said.…

Gaddafi’s son, spymaster face Libyan justice

Moamer Kadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam and his spymaster Abdullah Senussi were on Monday both behind bars as Libya’s new leaders moved to bring the former regime’s two most wanted men to justice. The National Transitional Council, Libya’s interim authority, insists that Seif, arrested on Saturday in the country’s far-flung Saharan south, be brought to trial in…

U.S. to announce ‘new steps’ against Iran: Treasury

The US Treasury Department on Monday said it would announce “new steps” to pressure Iran amid renewed suspicion about Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner are expected to make an announcement of further sanctions around 2130 GMT. The two will “outline new steps the United States is taking to…

Greenhouse gases rise to record high in 2010: UN

The amount of global warming-causing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere rose to a new high in 2010, and the rate of increase has accelerated, the UN weather agency said on Monday. Levels of carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas and major contributor to climate change – rose by 2.3 parts per million between 2009 and 2010,…

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