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Syrian TV says 120 killed in northwestern town

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian state television said the number of people killed in an attack by gunmen on a security post in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour had risen to 82, raising the overall death toll in the town to 120. Powered by Mochila…

U.N. study: $40 billion annual investment needed for global carbon reduction

NAIROBI (AFP) – Investing $40 billion annually in the forest sector is needed for the world to transition into a low carbon, resource-efficient green economy, according to a UN report released here Sunday. The additional investment “could halve deforestation rates by 2030, increase rates of tree planting by around 140…

Democrats and Republicans press Obama on Libya conflict

The House of Representatives has chided President Barack Obama for failing to obtain congressional approval of US military action in Libya, and demanded answers about his objectives. Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s resolution, approved on a 268-145 vote, stopped short of calling for an end to the mission, but rebuked…

Nintendo rebuffs attack by Lulzsec hackers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nintendo’s U.S.-based servers were attacked several weeks ago but no consumer data was stolen, the company said on Sunday. Nintendo is the latest company to be targeted by cyber criminals in a hacking attack. In April, hackers broke into Sony Corp’s servers and exposed the personal information of…

China paper warns Google may pay price for hacking claims

BEIJING (Reuters) – Google has become a “political tool” vilifying the Chinese government, an official Beijing newspaper said on Monday, warning that the U.S. Internet giant’s statements about hacking attacks traced to China could hurt its business. The tough warning appeared in the overseas edition of the People’s Daily, the leading newspaper…

U.S. mulls larger troop pullout from Afghanistan: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Top White House national security advisers are considering much more significant troop reductions in Afghanistan than those discussed even a few weeks ago, The New York Times reported. The newspaper said some officials were arguing that such a change is justified by the rising cost of the…

US drone strikes kill 18 in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – US missiles killed 18 militants in Pakistan’s tribal district of South Waziristan on Monday, destroying compounds and a vehicle in the deadliest drone strikes for months, local officials said. Three strikes were reported just days after Pakistani officials said they believed senior Al-Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri…

Israel sees Syrian hand in Golan clashes, 23 dead

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel accused Syria on Monday of orchestrating lethal confrontations on the once-quiet ceasefire line between the two countries as a distraction from Damascus’s bloody crackdown on an 11-week-old revolt. Syria said 23 people, including a woman and a child, were killed and 350 wounded on Sunday when Israeli troops fired on…

Months before drawback, five American soldiers killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Five American soldiers were killed in central Iraq on Monday, the deadliest day for US troops there in more than two years, with just months to go before all US forces must withdraw from Iraq completely. The US military did not give details on how the soldiers…

Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn to plead not guilty to sex crimes

NEW YORK (AFP) – Fallen IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn plans to launch a fight to clear his name Monday by pleading not guilty in a New York court to charges that he tried to rape a hotel maid. Strauss-Kahn, 62, was one of the most influential people in the global…

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