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Clinton says Iran will free U.S. hikers

SAN FRANCISCO — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she was confident Iran would free two US hikers convicted of spying and rejected concerns about the delay in their release. “At this point we are not at all concerned because we have received word through a number…

26 die in Indian floods, 200,000 evacuated

BHUBANESWAR, India — At least 26 people have died and nearly 200,000 have been evacuated as a result of massive flooding in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, a minister said on Thursday. The floods were triggered by torrential monsoon rains across Orissa, causing water levels to breach river banks,…

Cameron in Tripoli, says U.K. will aid in hunt for Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday pledged that Britain would help to hunt down fugitive former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. “This is not over,” Cameron told a news conference in Libyan capital Tripoli. “We will help you to find Gaddafi and bring him to justice.” Cameron…

Ethiopian athletes missing after African Games

Mozambican authorities are searching for 15 Ethiopian athletes who disappeared after competing at the 10th All Africa Games, a spokesman for the organising committee said Thursday. The group competing in boxing, athletics and taekwondo went missing on Monday and left some of their possessions in the athletes’ village outside the…

Virgin aims for first space launch within a year

British business magnate Richard Branson hopes to launch a vessel into space within the next 12 months, kicking off an era of commercial space travel. “The mother ship is finished… The rocket tests are going extremely well, and so I think that we’re now on track for a launch within…

Denmark votes as polls lean left

Danes came out in droves Thursday to vote in a general election expected to bring the centre-left back to power after a decade in opposition and deliver the country’s first woman prime minister. Polls have consistently suggested that Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 44, who heads the Social Democrats and a broad centre-left…

Deadly bomb hits Pakistan funeral

A bomb explosion during funeral prayers held for a local elder killed at least seven people and wounded 23 others in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, police said. The incident took place in the district of Lower Dir, 100 kilometres northwest of the Swat valley where the military in 2009 launched…

Pakistan says U.S. warning on militants hurts ties

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The U.S. warning on militants based in Pakistan, blamed by Washington for this week’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, works against counter-terrorism cooperation between the two allies, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. It was referring to comments by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta…

Soros says European treasury needed to avoid Depression

(Reuters) – Billionaire investor George Soros has warned Europe’s debt crisis risks triggering another Great Depression unless euro zone leaders adopt a series of radical policy measures, including the creation of a common treasury. Soros, in an article for the New York Review of Books and Reuters.com, says policymakers must…

Swiss Bank UBS says rogue trader cost it $2 billion

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss bank UBS said a rogue trader had lost it $2 billion in unauthorized dealing, and police in London arrested a man in connection with the case. British police said they had arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of fraud. Swiss newspaper NZZ cited UBS as saying…

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