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One dead after shooting at Quebec premier’s victory speech

MONTREAL — A gunman was arrested after shooting two people, one of them fatally, at the victory speech of Quebec’s Pauline Marois, whose separatist party is projected to win polls in the Canadian province. Another person was seriously wounded in the incident late Tuesday, as Marois was hustled offstage by…

Report: Liberian forests sold off in secret logging contracts

Forty percent of Liberia’s forests have been sold off in secretive and often illegal contracts, Global Witness said Tuesday, just days after the country’s president announced a probe into the issuing of logging permits. An investigation by the London-based natural resource watchdog has shown how, despite efforts to reform the…

Magnificent mosaic floor unmasked in Siena Cathedral

Magnificent Renaissance mosaics covering the sweeping marble floor in Siena cathedral have been unveiled to give visitors a rare glimpse of scenes it took local artists 500 years to create. The inlaid panels, usually covered to protect them from the thousands of visitors who flock to the Tuscan city each…

Algeria’s new PM takes office after 4 month delay

Algeria’s new Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal took office on Tuesday promising to push ahead with reforms four months after parliamentary elections, as key ministers kept their posts in his new cabinet. Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci, Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia and Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi all kept their jobs in…

U.S. auto sales jump 20 percent in August

U.S. auto sales jumped 20 percent in August to the best performance in three years even as higher gas prices drove a shift towards smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles, industry data showed Tuesday. The results will be welcome news for President Barack Obama, who is touting his rescue of…

Canadian police criticized after forcing protest plane to land

One of Canada’s largest public sector unions on Tuesday alleged political interference after police ordered a small plane towing a banner reading “Stephen Harper hates us” to land. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told public broadcaster CBC the weekend flight over Ottawa strayed into restricted airspace, so the pilot was…

Julian Assange backers could lose $540,000 in bail money

Celebrity backers of Julian Assange have lost £200,000 in bail money they put up for the WikiLeaks founder, it has been confirmed. At a hearing at Westminster magistrates court on Tuesday, district judge Howard Riddle adjourned a further hearing until October to decide whether nine other backers should also lose…

U.S. ‘troubled’ as Bahrain upholds activists’ sentences

WASHINGTON — The United States said Tuesday it was “deeply troubled” after a Bahrain appeals court upheld jail terms against 13 leading activists over charges of plotting to overthrow the Gulf monarchy. The US urged Bahrain “to abide by its commitment to respect detainees’ right to due process and to…

Peace envoy calls Syria death toll ‘staggering’

UNITED NATIONS — New UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Tuesday the death toll in Syria was “staggering” and destruction from its war “catastrophic” in his first comments to the UN General Assembly. Brahimi said he would go to Damascus “in a few days” and that a united international stance…

Spain and Morocco deport illegal migrants from islet

Spanish and Moroccan security forces launched a night operation lasting into the early hours on Tuesday to evict 73 illegal migrantsfrom a tiny islet just off Morocco, officials said. Spain’s Guardia Civil police acted after scores of African migrantslanded in the past week on the bare, rocky surface of Isla de Tierra, Spanish sovereign territory…

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