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Eurozone might ask China, Brazil for debt bailout help

BRUSSELS — Eurozone leaders are toying with the idea of asking China and other emerging powers to help them out of the debt crisis by taking part in a bailout fund, but some are reluctant to call in Beijing. The possibility of asking for China, Brazil and others to come…

McCain suggests U.S. military intervention in Syria

DEAD SEA, Jordan — US Senator John McCain raised the prospect Sunday of possible armed intervention to protect civilians in Syria where a crackdown on pro-democracy protests has killed more than 3,000 people. “Now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military…

Ahmadinejad: ‘An ugly thing’ for U.S. to spend more on military than unemployed

In a CNN interview aired Sunday morning, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized American military involvement in the Middle East. On Fareed Zakaria GPS, the controversial figurehead for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was puzzled by America’s continued focus to plug more defense money overseas while the country’s jobless rate remains high.…

Up to 1,000 feared dead in Turkey quake

ANKARA — An earthquake of 7.3 magnitude rocked eastern Turkey on Sunday, with a seimological institute saying up to 1,000 people could lie dead under the rubble of dozens of collapsed buildings. Turkey’s strongest earthquake in years struck Van, a large eastern city populated mainly by Kurds. “Five hundred to…

Kadhafi’s body to be ‘handed to his relatives’

TRIPOLI — Libya’s interim government will hand the body of slain despot Moamer Kadhafi to his relatives after consulting with them on the location of his burial, a senior government advisor said on Sunday. “The decision has been taken to hand him over to his extended family, because none of…

Violent end to Australia’s ‘Occupy’ protests

SYDNEY — Riot police broke up week-long anti-capitalism protests in Sydney on Sunday, with demonstrators claiming they were forcibly evicted from their city campsite in violent dawn raids. Police said 40 people were arrested after resisting orders to pack up their shelters outside the Reserve Bank of Australia, where they…

Libya leadership ‘stained’ by Kadhafi killing: Britain

LONDON — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday that the reputation of Libya’s new leaders had been “stained” by the killing of ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi. Hammond said he would like to see an investigation into the death of Kadhafi, who was captured alive during the fall of his…

Syria’s Assad names new governors as protests grow

DAMASCUS — Syria’s under-fire president Sunday appointed two new governors in flashpoint provinces that have seen staunch protests against his regime, as security forces reportedly killed three more civilians. On the political front the European Union was set to call anew on President Bashar al-Assad to step down and to…

Pope creates three new saints

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI created three new saints of the Catholic Church on Sunday in recognition of their missionary and social work with a canonisation mass in St Peter’s Square. “Christians can show the world God’s love by loving their neighbour. Today, the Church shows its members three…

Afghan suicide attack targets interior minister

KABUL — Security guards shot dead a suicide bomber on Sunday who tried to assassinate Afghan Interior Minister Bismullah Khan in an area north of Kabul, a spokesman for the ministry told AFP. The failed attempt on Khan, who once fought against the Taliban, comes as the north of Afghanistan…

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