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Israel prepares to vote on sweeping austerity measures

Ministers in Israel’s cabinet were on Monday preparing to vote on a package of sweeping economic austerity measures in a bid to cut the budget deficit, in a move expected to hit the underprivileged hard. Central to the plan is a hike in income tax and VAT, as well as…

At least 32 dead in Indian train fire

At least 32 people were killed Monday when a fire ripped through a coach on an express train as it carried sleeping passengers to the southern Indian city of Chennai, officials said. The accident, on a long-distance service from New Delhi, occurred in the early hours of the morning near…

Police lose keys to Olympic soccer venue

Police guarding Wembley Stadium where Olympic soccer matches are being played revealed Monday that they have lost a set of keys to the venue. Officers searching the stadium in London ahead of the start of the Games misplaced the keys, prompting an investigation by Scotland Yard, but organizers insisted that…

Geithner visit stirs hope for Eurozone

The top US finance official meets his German counterpart and the head of the European Central Bank Monday, fueling hopes Europe is about to take decisive action to save the crisis-wracked Eurozone. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was to meet Wolfgang Schaeuble to raise the pressure on Berlin and push…

Bolivian government to consult with Amazon natives on controversial highway

LA PAZ — The Bolivian government of President Evo Morales Sunday met with indigenous Amazon basin lowland residents to discuss plans for a controversial highway that would run through their their homeland. Angry protests last year by indigenous residents of the Isiboro Secure National Park and Indigenous Territory (called TIPNIS),…

North Korea battered by fresh storms after fatal flooding

SEOUL — North Korea said Sunday it was being lashed by severe thunderstorms that could cause major damage, just days after flooding that killed scores and left tens of thousands homeless. State media reported strong winds and heavy rains were battering parts of the country, including the capital Pyongyang, with…

Violent disputes over indigenous lands increase across Brazil

SAO PAULO — Violent disputes over indigenous land have been growing across Brazil, sparking heightened militancy by native tribes angered by broken promises of compensation and slower government registrations. A report by the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), cited by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper on Sunday, said the number…

200,000 Syrians flee besieged city of Aleppo

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations said Sunday that 200,000 people have fled the Syrian city of Aleppo in two days as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces step up their assault. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said in a statement that an unknown number of people are trapped in the city…

Palestians say Romney remarks ‘harmful’ to U.S. interests

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s endorsement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is “harmful” to US interests in the Middle East, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday. “Romney’s declarations are harmful to American interests in our region, and they harm peace, security and stability,”…

China surges to top of medals table on Olympics day two

LONDON — China surged clear at the top of the Olympic medals table on Sunday, adding two more golds to their opening day haul as swimming star James Magnussen put Australia on course for relay glory. After dominating day one of competition with four gold medals, Chinese athletes hit paydirt…

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