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Syria’s chemical weapons shrouded in secrecy

WASHINGTON — Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, which Damascus has acknowledged for the first time, is decades old and among the biggest in the Middle East, but experts are divided over its exact nature. President Bashar al-Assad’s regime caused a global uproar Monday when it vowed to use its chemical weapons…

Clinton urges greater political will to end genocide

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged greater political will to stop “the evil” of genocide Tuesday, as a poll found most Americans think global bodies are ineffective in halting atrocities. Speaking at an event organized by the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Clinton told the audience that “despite all…

Japan probes whether Fukushima workers’ radiation levels were under-reported

Japan’s labour minister on Tuesday ordered an investigation into claims that subcontractors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant told workers to lie about their radiation exposure. Yoko Komiyama told a press briefing in Tokyo that she had launched a wide-ranging probe, including checks on a firm at the centre of…

Ghana president dies suddenly after falling ill

Ghana President John Atta Mills has died after being taken ill, the presidency announced on Tuesday, but details of his death remained unclear. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the republic of Ghana,” the statement said, adding that…

Greek recession could be much worse than expected

The Greek recession this year could be much worse than expected, with the economy shrinking by “more than seven percent,” Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Tuesday. The central bank has previously estimated that the economy, now in its fifth year of recession, would shrink by 4.5 percent in 2012. Samaras…

Swedish sniper found guilty of murdering two immigrants

A Swedish court on Tuesday found a man guilty of two murders and four attempted murders after he terrorised the southern city of Malmoe with a shooting spree targeting immigrants. Malmoe district court said in a statement it had found there was “convincing evidence that Peter Mangs has committed 13…

Russians discover four vats of embryos during stroll in the woods

A group of Russians have stumbled across hundreds of embryos stashed in four huge vats while taking a weekend stroll through woods, police said Tuesday. The 50-litre (13-gallon) containers of formaldehyde in the woods of the industrial Ural Mountains region contained 248 embryos in all, the police said. The four…

Scores injured as typhoon lashes Hong Kong

Scores of people were injured and trees were ripped from the ground as a typhoon lashed Hong Kong packing winds in excess of 140 kilometers (87 miles) an hour, officials said Tuesday. Authorities issued a hurricane warning for the first time since 1999 as Typhoon Vicente roared to within 100…

Britain beefs Olympic security up with 1,200 more troops

Britain will deploy an extra 1,200 troops to the London Games, Olympics minister Jeremy Hunt announced Tuesday, following a shortfall in the numbers of guards provided by private contractor G4S. The extra troops, who were already standing by on 48 hours’ notice, bring the total military deployment at the 2012…

Outgoing irrigation head named new Egyptian prime minister

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi named outgoing irrigation minister Hisham Qandil on Tuesday as the country’s new prime minister and tasked him with forming a cabinet, state television announced. The appointment comes 25 days after Morsi was sworn in as Egypt’s first civilian and freely elected head of state to replace…

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