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UN Syria talks stumble amid pressure on U.S.

The UN Security Council meets again Wednesday as it struggles over how to respond to the Syria crisis Russia warns is veering toward civil war, amid growing pressure on the US to take a tougher line. Divisions remained among the 15 nations on the wording of any condemnation of President…

‘Lost’ Hitchcock film found in New Zealand

One of the earliest films made by British master director Alfred Hitchcock has been found in New Zealand, researchers said. The New Zealand Film Archive on Wednesday said the first three reels of the six-reel feature “The White Shadow” were found in a cache of ageing nitrate prints given to…

China says U.S. fails to defuse ‘debt bomb’

China warned Wednesday that tortured efforts to raise the US limit on borrowing had failed to defuse Washington’s “debt bomb”, and signalled it would further diversify its holdings away from the dollar. After months of bitter negotiations with his Republican rivals, US President Barack Obama finally signed an emergency bill…

Guatemalan ex-soldiers get 12,060 years in prison each

A Guatemalan court sentenced four former military officers to 12,060 years in prison each for the slaughter of more than 200 civilians in 1982 during the country’s civil war. “This court unanimously declared the accused as perpetrators of murder. For this crime, a sentence of 30 years in prison for…

Three police killed in Baghdad liquor store blasts

Successive bombings targeting an alcohol shop on Baghdad’s western outskirts killed three policemen at the beginning of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a security official said on Wednesday. An Iraqi policeman was also killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) on Wednesday, while an army officer and two…

Tropical Storm Emily barrels towards fragile Haiti

Haiti hurried on Wednesday to prepare for incoming Tropical Storm Emily, urging evacuations ahead of the roiling system that could bring flash floods to the impoverished nation still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Haiti as well as the neighboring island…

Ousted Egyptian president Mubarak arrives at court

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak arrived on Wednesday at the Police Academy in Cairo where he is due to face trial on murder and corruption charges, an AFP reporter said. Television footage showed an ambulance driving up to the courthouse, amid intense security and a heavy army presence. State television…

S. Korea group to monitor N. Korea food aid

Six members of a South Korean civic group have left for North Korea to check whether its food aid is being delivered to needy children and not diverted to the military, officials said Wednesday. The Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, which so far has delivered 600 tonnes of flour…

Iraq to open talks with U.S. on military training

Iraq will open talks with Washington over a military training mission to last beyond a 2011 pullout deadline, Baghdad’s Foreign Minister said on Wednesday, after months of US appeals for a decision. The move is a key first step to reaching an agreement on the future of the US troop…

Syria dissidents ask Obama to demand Assad resign

Syrian dissidents on Tuesday urged US President Barack Obama to call on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to quit power and pressed for UN sanctions over the regime’s deadly crackdown on protests. The demands — presented in a first meeting between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of Syria’s…

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