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Venezuela investigating apparent massacre of Yanomami by illegal Brazilian miners

CARACAS — Venezuela has sent a team of investigators to the nation’s south to look into the apparent massacre in July of as many as 80 Yanomami Indians by illegal Brazilian miners. Forensics teams, officials and security forces were “visiting nine Yanomami communities” along the border with Brazil in Amazonas…

Princess Diana recalled fondly on 15th anniversal of her death

LONDON — Dozens of bouquets of flowers, posters and cards were left at the gates of Kensington Palace on Friday as Princess Diana was remembered on the 15th anniversary of her death. Tourists, well-wishers and passers-by took photos and read the tributes at the royal residence in the British capital,…

Quebec baffled by $30 million maple syrup heist

Maple syrup producers in Quebec found themselves in a sticky situation after thieves made off with millions of dollars worth of the breakfast sweetener that had been stored in a warehouse. Empty barrels were found at a warehouse that had held some 10 million pounds of syrup worth an estimated $30 million, indicating…

Assange expects to stay in Ecuador’s embassy for up to a year

Julian Assange expects to remain holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for up to a year as the two countries struggle to resolve a diplomatic row over the controversial WikiLeaks founder. Assange took shelter in the embassy in June after exhausting all appeals against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual…

Russian murder suspect denies Pussy Riot link

Russian investigators said Friday they had detained a professor who confessed to trying to mislead the police by scrawling “Free Pussy Riot” in blood on a wall after murdering a mother and her daughter. The shock discovery of the message in support of the jailed female members of the anti-Kremlin…

Co-pilot unaware of Japan plane plunge for 17 seconds

A co-pilot who sent his Japanese passenger jet into a nosedive when he mistook a rudder control for a door lock did not notice anything was wrong for 17 seconds, a government report said Friday. The All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight, with 117 passengers and crew on board, dived 1,900…

Thousands flee as fire rages near Spanish resort, injures two

MADRID, Spain — Flames roared across a 12-kilometre (seven-mile) front near the glitzy Spanish resort of Marbella on Friday, injuring two and forcing thousands to evacuate. More than 250 firefighters on the ground, backed by eight planes and nine helicopters, battled the blaze after hot, dry winds sent it racing…

Eurozone jobless numbers hit record 18 million

AFP – Jobless numbers across the 17-nation eurozone hit a record 18 million in July, the EU statistics agency said Friday. An additional 88,000 people joined the ranks of the unemployed throughout July, although upwardly-revised June data meant that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 11.3 percent, with Eurostat confirming…

Rabbi beating sparks fury in Germany

BERLIN — The brutal daylight beating of a rabbi in front of his six-year-old daughter sparked furious condemnation in Germany Thursday, with some Jewish groups saying they feared a rise in anti-Semitic behaviour. The attack on the 53-year-old by four youths, thought to be Arabs, left him hospitalised and the…

U.S. warns Iran after IAEA nuclear report

The United States warned Iran on Thursday its window for opening serious talks is limited, after the UN nuclear watchdog said Iran had doubled enrichment capacity at its underground facility at Fordo. White House spokesman Jay Carney also reiterated that President Barack Obama is determined to prevent Iran getting a…

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