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Strong quake jolts western China

BEIJING — A shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook a remote area of China’s western region of Xinjiang, near the border with Tibet, on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. It was not immediately clear if there was any damage or casualties and rescue teams had been rushed to the mountainous quake…

Archaeologists cover up Afghan heritage

BAMIYAN, Afghanistan — “It’s there,” says an archaeologist pointing to the ground, where fragments of a Buddha statue from the ancient Gandhara civilisation have been covered up to stop them being stolen or vandalised. Just months before the US-led invasion in 2001, the Taliban regime shocked the world by destroying…

Retreat never an option: ex-Fukushima chief

TOKYO — The chief of Japan’s Fukushima atomic plant at the time of the quake-tsunami disaster has said he never considered withdrawing from the escalating crisis despite fearing for his life, according to reports. “I thought my fellow workers and I could die when huge amounts of debris flew off”…

Swedish prince attacked at French nightclub: palace

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip, 33, was attacked outside a nightclub in Cannes this weekend by a stranger but was not hurt in the incident, the royal palace announced on Sunday. The prince, who is third in line to the throne, “was together with friends outside a club in…

U.S. destroyer collides with tanker at entrance to Gulf

DUBAI — A US guided-missile destroyer collided on Sunday with a Japanese-owned bulk oil tanker near the entrance to the Gulf, but no one was hurt and the ship is able to operate, the US Fifth Fleet said. “No one was hurt Sunday morning when a US Navy guided-missile destroyer…

Death toll in Iran at 180 after twin earthquakes

Rescue teams in northwest Iran strove Sunday to dig survivors out of the rubble of villages leveled by twin earthquakes that killed at least 180 people and injured more than 1,300, according to officials. With telephone communications disrupted in the disaster zone, northeast of the city of Tabriz, emergency teams…

Olympic hosts urge world to unite against hunger

British Prime Minister David Cameron was to call on world powers on Sunday to boost their efforts to tackle malnutrition across the globe. Taking advantage of the large number of foreign officials gathered in London for the Olympic Games, Cameron was to urge international action to save 25 million children…

Survey: Most Britons say Games worth the cost

Most Britons believe the London Olympics have delivered good value for money, according to a poll published Saturday, as the hosts revel in Britain’s best performance at the Games for more than a century. Some 55 percent of the British population think the Games are “well worth” the £9 billion…

‘Green-on-blue’ attacks spike in Afghanistan

Seven international soldiers have been killed by their local colleagues in a bloody week of violence in Afghanistan, further eroding trust between foreign troops and the Afghans they work with. Six died on Friday alone — three American soldiers were shot by an Afghan policeman who invited them to a…

Saudi Arabia developing all-woman cities

In a bid to offer more women career opportunities without running afowl of Sharia law, the Saudi Arabian government is putting together a group of all-women cities. According to Russia Today, construction on the first new municipality, an industrial hub slated to be part of the city of Hafuf in…

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