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British police arrest four men in counter-terror probe

Police said they arrested four men in Birmingham on Tuesday as part of an ongoing counter-terrorism investigation that has uncovered an alleged suicide bombing plot. The men, three aged 19 and one 24, were detained under counter-terror laws in the Sparkhill area on suspicion of fundraising for terrorist purposes and…

Greek economy in dire shape ahead of confidence vote

The Greek economy shrank 5.2 percent in the third quarter, official figures showed on Tuesday, highlighting the depths of the crisis as parliament debates approval of a new government to enact a debt rescue. Athens is racing against time to adopt deeply unpopular reforms demanded by its European and IMF…

Syria crackdown gets bloodier amid regime isolation

More than 70 people died in one of the bloodiest days of the eight-month Syrian uprising, activists said on Tuesday, as the growing isolation of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime drew an increasingly angry reaction from his loyalists. More than 100 of his supporters stormed the Jordanian embassy in Damascus overnight — the fourth…

Cuba says U.S. behind illegal wireless networks

HAVANA — Cuba accused the United States on Monday of enabling illegal Internet connections in its territory and said several people were arrested in April for profiting from the wireless networks. The official communist party newspaper Granma said those arrested, who were not identified, “had for some time and without…

U.S. has ‘confidence’ in Afghan assembly

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday voiced “confidence” in Afghanistan’s upcoming traditional assembly (loya jirga), saying it trusted the meeting would affirm close US-Afghan ties. In Kabul just hours earlier, a suspected suicide bomber carrying a bag of explosives was shot dead near the site of the major meeting…

Chevron suspending drilling after oil spill off Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — US energy giant Chevron said Monday it has suspended drilling following an oil spill in waters off Rio de Janeiro state which prompted Brazil to demand a “rigorous investigation.” Chevron Brazil said it was “responding to oil seeps and a subsequent sheen that has occurred in…

Europe could be in worst hour since WW2: Merkel

LEIPZIG, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkelsaid on Monday that Europe could be living through its toughest hour since World War Two as new leaders in Italy and Greece rushed to form governments and limit the damage from the eurozone debt crisis. A rally on financial markets sparked by the appointment of respected European technocrats…

China leads surge in foreign students: U.S. report

America’s colleges and universities are seeing record numbers offoreign students, thanks to a surge from China and heavy enrollment from elsewhere in Asia, a report released Monday said. The report by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs found a five-percent in rise in international…

US shifts drones from Iraq to Turkey: Pentagon

The United States has deployed Predator drones to Turkey from Iraq for surveillance flights in support of Ankara’s fight against Kurdish rebels, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. With US forces withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year, the four American unmanned aircraft will be shifted from an air field innorthern Iraq to the Incirlik air base in Turkey, Captain…

Britain may deploy missiles for Olympics – minister

Britain may deploy surface-to-air missiles to protect London during the 2012 Olympics, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said Monday, shortly after the government rejected reports of US security fears. Hammond told lawmakers that “all necessary measures” would be taken to protect the London games following the reports that the United States was set to send 1,000…

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