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Putin’s underwater treasure find was staged

A widely publicized incident where Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin discovered two ancient Greek jug fragments during a dive in the Kerch Strait was staged, according to his spokesman. The discovery was reported extensively by the media, both in Russia and elsewhere. Putin has said he plans to run for…

E.U. wins key round in carbon fight with airlines

The European Union on Thursday won a key legal round against US airlines fighting EU plans to force foreign carriers to buy carbon permits to fly to and out of the 27-nation bloc. An EU system that will require airlines to pay for their CO2 emissions from January 1 “is…

World will rally around 2011 Peace Prize pick: Nobel chief

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be seen as a unifying choice and will be less controversial than last year’s award, the head of the prize committee said Thursday, a day before the announcement. “I think (this year’s prize) will be well-received all over the world,”Nobel Committee chief Thorbjoern Jagland told Norwegian public…

UK launches fresh stimulus with 75 billion pound cash boost

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England will spend 75 billion pounds ($114.8 billion) more of newly-created money to shield Britain’s economy from the euro zone debt crisis and keep a faltering recovery going, opting for an early, dramatic move to maximize the impact. Thursday’s decision by the BoE to…

Food prices fall sharply in September: UN food agency

Global food prices fell sharply last month as production increased in key crop producing regions, but economic turmoil is expected to hit the poor in developing countries, the UN food agency said on Thursday. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said its monthly food price index fell by two…

Israel accuses deputy envoy to U.S. of security breach

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s deputy ambassador to the United States was dismissed after admitting a serious security breach that required “blood, sweat and tears” to repair, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday. The removal on Tuesday of veteran diplomat Dan Arbell over a media leak prompted Israeli commentators to…

Sweden’s Transtromer wins 2011 Nobel Literature prize

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s most famous living poet, Tomas Transtromer, won the Nobel prize for literature on Thursday, the first time in more than 30 years the award has gone to a native of the Nordic country. The Swedish Academy, which awards the prize of 10 million crowns ($1.45 million),…

Harvard toppled from top of worldwide rankings

LONDON — US and British institutions once again dominate an annual worldwide league table of universities published Thursday, but there is a fresh name at the top, unseating long-time leader Harvard. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) knocked the famous Massachusetts institution from the summit of the Times Higher Education (THE)…

U.S. vows to keep up pressure on Syria

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration vowed Wednesday to keep up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime’s, a day after China and Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution against it. “The US will continue to work with as many countries as we can to increase the pressure on…

20,000 demonstrate in Greece against austerity

More than 20,000 public sector workers demonstrated in Athens Wednesday in a strike against deeper austerity cuts that shut down courts, schools and transport, including air traffic. Police used tear gas to clear some of the protesters, who included a 500-strong anarchist group, from central Syntagma Square opposite parliament, an…

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