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Libya bombing campaign enters 100th day

NATO operations in Libya entered a 100th day on Monday with airstrikes having eased the siege of key rebel cities but with Moamer Kadhafi still in power and fears of an open war lingering. Three months after French jets flew their first missions over eastern Libya, NATO is still pounding…

Hamas prisoners stage hunger strike in Israeli jails

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Hamas prisoners being held in Israeli jails on Monday began a hunger strike to protest after seven of their number were put in solitary confinement, a minister told AFP. Issa Qaraqa, the Palestinian minister for prisoner affairs, confirmed a 24-hour hunger strike had begun during the…

At least 28 killed as Bolivia bus plunges into ravine

LA PAZ — A public bus careened off a winding road and plunged some 100 meters (330 feet) into a ravine early Monday in southern Bolivia, near the Argentine border, killing at least 28 people, and leaving 10 injured, officials said. An investigation has been launched into the crash, said…

Greek protestors put up giant banner at Acropolis

ATHENS — Greek protestors put up a giant banner early Monday at Athens’ iconic Acropolis urging a “counter-attack” against an austerity package imposed by foreign creditors to avoid default. The protest by the communist trade union Pame came just ahead of a parliamentary debate on the austerity package, which the…

Greenpeace activists dump coal at S. Africa utility

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Greenpeace activists dumped three trucks of coal in front of the headquarters of South African state utility Eskom Monday to protest what they called its lack of commitment to green energy. Activists from the global environmental organisation paraded in front of the five tonnes of coal blocking…

Philippines launches ‘eco-friendly’ nuclear tourism

BATAAN, Philippines (AFP) – In a fresh but ambiguous take on ecotourism, travellers in the Philippines can visit a remote turtle sanctuary and then venture into the heart of a nearby nuclear power plant. If tourists feel too weary to make the three-hour bus drive back to Manila after their…

Fukushima reactors being cooled with recycled water

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s TEPCO said it started on Monday pumping in decontaminated runoff water to cool reactors at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, a key step towards stabilising the tsunami-hit nuclear site. The effort to recycle water back into reactors at the power plant had been delayed due to…

U.S. growing impatient on Greece debt rescue effort

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The delay in finding a durable solution to the Greek debt crisis is causing impatience in the United States, where there is mixed support for any new bailout. The US has been watching the Greek situation for more than a year and now is paying closer attention…

At least 60 migrants kidnapped in Mexico

OAXACA, Mexico (AFP) – Gunmen have kidnapped at least 60 undocumented migrants, including children, who were aboard a freight train in Mexico trying to get to the United States, a shelter director said. Alejandro Solalinde, a priest who heads the Brothers Along the Road hostel, in the southwestern state of…

French finance minister Lagarde poised to lead IMF

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde appeared poised to become the head of the International Monetary Fund this week despite a strong challenge to Europe’s traditional hold on the job. An informal survey by Reuters of voting countries indicated Lagarde would easily get the majority consensus…

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