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Iran nuclear talks go down to the wire

Crunch Iranian nuclear talks went down to the wire on Thursday, with Tehran threatening to walk away unless world powers ease sanctions in return for a partial suspension of its atomic activities. The P5+1 — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany — want to persuade Iran to…

U.K. recession deepens as GDP shrinks

Britain’s recession is worse than previously thought, as revised official figures showed on Thursday that the economy shrank by more than expected in the first quarter of 2012. “UK gross domestic product (GDP) in volume terms decreased by 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2012, revised from a previously…

Amnesty criticizes U.S. for ‘unlawful’ bin Laden raid

WASHINGTON — Amnesty International criticized the United States on Wednesday for its use of lethal force, particularly for the “unlawful” killing of Osama bin Laden in a clandestine US commando raid in Pakistan last May. “The US administration made clear that the operation had been conducted under the USA’s theory…

Violent Tel Aviv protesters rally against African migrants

TEL AVIV — Violence broke out as several hundred people demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night against the sizeable community of African immigrants in the city, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. “Following the violence, we arrested five demonstrators,” Samri added. The media reported that people shouted xenophobic slogans, such…

Hewlett-Packard to slash 27,000 jobs by 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard said Wednesday it plans to cut 27,000 jobs, or eight percent of its global workforce, by 2014 in a major restructuring effort for the computer giant. The world’s biggest personal computer maker said the move was part of “a multi-year productivity initiative designed to simplify business…

Unusual cold wave kills nearly 100 Peruvian children with pneumonia

Nearly 100 children under the age of five died of pneumonia between January and April in Peru due to a cold wave that swept through the country’s Andean region, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry reported over 797,000 episodes of non-pneumonic acute respiratory infections in toddlers during the period,…

Only North American middle class to grow in last 30 years was Mexico’s

Only Mexico’s middle class has grown over the past 30 years in North America, while income disparity has increased in Canada and the United States, according to a study here out Tuesday. “Mexico’s middle class has benefited from urbanization, greater female employment, improved education and better social programs,” said economist…

Pakistani doctor who worked with CIA to find bin Laden jailed

The Pakistani medical official who ran a fake CIA vaccination programme to help find Osama bin Laden has been jailed for 33 years. A spokesman for Khyber Agency, an administrative unit in Pakistan’s restless frontier, said Dr Shakil Afridi would face decades in jail – despite calls from senior US…

Afghan civilian deaths in 2011 outpace a decade of NATO troop killings

Far from the bright lights of Chicago where world leaders met to shape NATO’s exit from Afghanistan, one of the war’s victims, 12-year-old Aleema, sums up her life in three words: “It’s the worst.” Aleema, who has lived in a mud hovel in a refugee camp on the outskirts of…

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to receive extradition ruling on May 30

Britain’s Supreme Court said on Wednesday it will give its judgement in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s long-running fight against extradition to Sweden on May 30. The court announced the date in a statement on its website, saying the judgement would start at 9:15 am (0815 GMT) next…

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