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Gaddafi ‘may abandon’ bombed capital, rebels seek arms

TRIPOLI — Moamer Kadhafi is considering leaving the capital Tripoli following blistering NATO air raids, a report said, as Libya’s rebels hinted they may allow him to remain in the country if he stands down. The Wall Street Journal Friday quoted a senior US national security official as saying American…

Asia moves to open its oil reserves

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian nations moved to release emergency oil stockpiles on Friday as part of a rare global coordinated action by consumer countries to prevent high energy prices from stunting a stuttering economic recovery. The move, led by Washington and criticized by the oil industry as an unnecessary distortion…

IMF identifies computer files hacked in cyber attack

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund has identified the computer files hacked in a cyberattack and is the process of weighing their importance, and IMF spokesman said Thursday. “We’re still investigating this breach. We have identified files that have been copied and we’re assessing the importance of those files,” spokesman…

Scientists want to dig up Shakespeare to find out if he smoked weed

Recently uncovered evidence suggests that William Shakespeare used marijuana, and now a team of paleontologists want to dig him up to prove it. Francis Thackeray, an anthropologist and director of the Institute for Human Evolution at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, has made a formal request…

UN warns of new Asia drug surge

UNITED NATIONS — A plant disease devastated Afghan opium production last year but Myanmar is seeing a worrying drug boom, the UN anti-narcotics agency warned Thursday. With the cocaine market in decline, Peru is now on a par with Colombia as the world’s top coca producer, but the UN Office…

G20 ministers agree to tame food commodity speculation

PARIS (AFP) – Farm ministers from the world’s top economies agreed on action on Thursday to tame market speculation blamed for the food price spikes that have hit consumers’ pockets and sparked unrest. “The consensus… marks an historic union of resolve in combating the pressing challenges of hunger and food…

India, Pakistan hold peace talks

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – India and Pakistan held talks on peace and security issues in Islamabad on Thursday, part of efforts to stabilise South Asia as the United States prepares to draw down troops from Afghanistan. Concerns over terrorism are likely to dominate India’s agenda since US troops killed Osama bin…

Syrians pour into Turkey as tanks enter border zone

GUVECCI, Turkey (AFP) – Some 600 displaced Syrians poured into Turkey on Thursday after Syrian troops backed by tanks entered a border zone where thousands fleeing bloodshed had been camping in squalid conditions. The refugees broke through the barbed wire marking the frontier and advanced into Turkish territory on a…

Canada releases secret Afghan war documents

OTTAWA — The Canadian government on Wednesday released 4,000 pages of top secret documents detailing Afghan prisoner transfers, holding them up as proof of no wrongdoing by Canadian soldiers. The files were believed to contain evidence that Canada transferred prisoners to Afghan custody knowing they could be tortured, in violation…

Obama to claim success for Afghan surge

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will argue Wednesday his Afghan war surge strategy has forged substantial progress and a “position of strength” which allows thousands of US troops to come home, officials said. In a primetime speech to a war-weary US public, Obama will say his decision to pour…

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