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Three Americans arrested amid Egypt protests

WASHINGTON — Three Americans have been arrested in Egypt in connection with the anti-military rallies that have rocked the country in recent days, the US State Department said Tuesday. When asked if the three US nationals were believed to be safe, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the government had “no…

U.S. restates N.Korea nuclear demands

The United States will consider holding further talks with North Korea but Pyongyang must halt its uranium enrichment programme before full disarmament negotiations resume, a senior US official said Tuesday. “They have not yet made all of the commitments they need to, including on ending their uranium enrichment programme,” Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told…

Turkish PM calls on Assad to step down

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on his former ally Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down. “Quit power before more blood is shed … for the peace of your people, your region and your country,” Erdogan said in parliament. After weeks of mounting criticism of the Syrian leader, it was…

Crisis-hit Greeks leave the cities for rural life

Uprooted by a national debt crisis and a deepening recession that has eaten up their jobs, incomes and pensions, many Greeks are now returning to their families’ rural past in search of a future. Just as young graduates are moving abroad rather than risk joining the 18 percent of Greeks who are…

Egyptians swarm for rally against military rule

Thousands of protesters swarmed Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday to demand an end to military rule, heightening tension after days of deadly clashes that threaten to derail next week’s legislative polls. The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) began crisis talks with a number of political forces in a bid to defuse…

European leaders scramble to stem debt crisis

European Union leaders hold a flurry of meetings on Tuesday on fighting the debt crisis now threatening Italy and France while deficit gridlock also puts the United States in the spotlight. The new prime ministers of Italy and Greece, who took over governments felled by the crisis, were to hold separate talks with top…

Tunisia enters new era of democracy

Tunisia entered a new era of democracy Tuesday with the inaugural session of its democratically elected constituent assembly, 10 months after a popular uprising ended years of dictatorship. The 217-member assembly, the first elected body produced by theArab Spring, was expected to confirm a deal whereby the Islamist Ennahda party and two other parties split the…

Asian markets mixed on US, France debt woes

Asian markets were mixed Tuesday after a US committee charged with finding a deal to cut the nation’s huge deficit said it had failed, while worries over France’s credit rating also depressed sentiment. Investors extended the broad sell-off to a fifth straight session as leaders on both sides of the Atlantic struggle to…

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…

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