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Lance Armstrong attacks USADA over doping charge

WASHINGTON — Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong lashed out at the US Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday, saying they want to brand him a drugs cheat based on “discredited” allegations. “I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules,…

Over 50 alleged Zetas members arrested in Mexico

MONTERREY, Mexico — More than 50 alleged members of the feared Zetas drug cartel, including two active duty policemen, women and children, were arrested in northern Mexico, officials said Wednesday. The arrests came on the heels of the indictment Tuesday of the man believed to be the gang’s second in…

Saab saved from bankruptcy to exclusively make electric cars

Saab is to be reborn as an electric car manufacturer focused on China under rescue plans drawn up by a Chinese-born entrepreneur. One of Scandinavia’s best known industrial brands is being bought out of bankruptcy by National Electric Vehicle Sweden. Kai Johan Jiang, the chief executive and main owner of…

U.S. trade proposal would let corporations overrule laws

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a forthcoming U.S. trade agreement that looks to solidify a seamless regional economy in the Pacific-rim, would give multinational corporations the power to challenge and even avoid compliance with laws in member countries — including the U.S. — provided a super-national corporate tribunal agrees with their…

A day in the life of a UN observer in Syria

A day in the life of a UN observer in Syria (via The Christian Science Monitor) As soon as Gen. Robert Mood stepped out of his white SUV he was mobbed by hundreds of men, women, and children. The leader of the unarmed UN observer mission to Syria had come…

Graphic photo of alleged forced abortion from China causes uproar

Graphic images posted online showing the bloody corpse of a baby whose mother was allegedly forced to terminate her pregnancy at seven months have caused an uproar in China. Rights groups say authorities in north China’s Shaanxi province forced Feng Jianmei to abort her pregnancy on June 2 because she…

Scottish first minister believes The Observer hacked his bank account

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said Wednesday he believed his bank account was accessed by the Observer, a sister paper of the Guardian which helped expose a phone-hacking scandal. Salmond told the Leveson inquiry, a wide-ranging probe into press ethics, he had no evidence that Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News…

NATO chief vows not to abandon Afghanistan

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen Wednesday vowed not to abandon Afghanistan as foreign nations plan to transition forces out of the country after a decade of conflict. “We will not abandon Afghanistan, we will not leave behind a security vacuum,” he told a National Press Club lunch in Canberra. NATO plans to withdraw…

Israeli watchdog slams PM over handling of flotilla

Israel’s state watchdog on Wednesday sharply criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his handling of a 2010 military raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla which left nine Turkish nationals dead. “In the process of decision making, which was led by the prime minister and under his responsibility, regarding the handling of the (flotilla), there were significant…

Police: 184 held in Poland after Euro 2012 violence

Police detained 184 football fans after the Russia-Poland Euro 2012match sparked clashes which Poland’s sports minister said Wednesday had left her feeling “ashamed”. Joanna Mucha described the violence which broke out ahead of Tuesday’s match in Warsaw as “shocking”. “These were your average hooligans who have nothing in common with real fans,” the sports minister…

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