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Norwegians call for tougher laws after mass killing

OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegians believe penalties for serious crimes in their country should be tightened in the wake of a shooting and bomb attack that killed 77 people in July, an opinion poll showed Monday. In a survey of 1,283 people conducted six days after the July 22 attack, 65.5…

Governments welcome debt deal, still worry about ratings

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Japan and Germany welcomed news of an 11th-hour deal to avoid a U.S. government default on Monday, but officials in both countries said Washington must do more to deal with its huge debt burden and the threat of a cut in its credit ratings. Japan, second to…

Syrian army kills 136 in crackdown: activists

Syrian forces killed nearly 140 people including at least 100 when the army stormed the flashpoint protest city of Hama, activists said, prompting calls for emergency Security Council talks. Activists said it was one of the deadliest days in Syria since demonstrators first took to the streets on March 15…

Israeli soldiers kill two in West Bank: Palestinians

Two Palestinians were shot dead overnight by Israeli soldiers in the Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank, Palestinian medics and security officials said on Monday. The dead men, Moatassem Adwan, 22, and 23-year-old Ali Khalifa, were killed by soldiers as they carried out arrests in the camp on the…

Gaddafi forces retake western village

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi were again in control on Monday of the village of Josh at the foot of the strategic western Nafusa mountains, AFP journalists at the scene said. The rebels had on Sunday taken the village, but said they were forced to retreat to the…

HSBC to cut up to 30,000 jobs by 2013

HSBC will slash up to 30,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years as part of a major cost-cutting drive, the global banking giant said on Monday, as it posted bumper profits. “There will be further job cuts,” HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver told journalists on a conference call after…

Iraq death toll for July second highest in 2011

Deadly violence in Iraq declined slightly in July from the previous month but still marked the second-highest death toll for the year, data published on Monday showed. The latest figures come days after a US watchdog warned that Iraq was a more dangerous country than a year ago ahead of…

Italy finds 25 dead on Libya refugee boat

The Italian coast guard found 25 dead bodies in the engine room of a refugee boat fleeing Libya with 271 people crammed on board that arrived on the holiday island of Lampedusa Monday, port officials said. “It’s 25 bodies of men, presumed to be from sub-Saharan Africa,” Antonio Morana, the…

Israeli, Lebanese troops exchange fire on border

Israeli and Lebanese troops exchanged fire on their often tense border on Monday morning, officials on both sides said, with the two armies trading accusations on why the shooting incident occurred. The Israeli military said its troops had been fired upon as they worked on the Israeli side of the…

BBC journalists strike over job losses

BBC journalists began a second 24-hour strike on Monday in a row over job losses, threatening disruption to some of the broadcaster’s flagship programmes. Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) are angry at around 100 compulsory job losses at the World Service and Monitoring division, which monitors mass…

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