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Geithner visit stirs hope for Eurozone

The top US finance official meets his German counterpart and the head of the European Central Bank Monday, fueling hopes Europe is about to take decisive action to save the crisis-wracked Eurozone. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was to meet Wolfgang Schaeuble to raise the pressure on Berlin and push…

Bolivian government to consult with Amazon natives on controversial highway

LA PAZ — The Bolivian government of President Evo Morales Sunday met with indigenous Amazon basin lowland residents to discuss plans for a controversial highway that would run through their their homeland. Angry protests last year by indigenous residents of the Isiboro Secure National Park and Indigenous Territory (called TIPNIS),…

North Korea battered by fresh storms after fatal flooding

SEOUL — North Korea said Sunday it was being lashed by severe thunderstorms that could cause major damage, just days after flooding that killed scores and left tens of thousands homeless. State media reported strong winds and heavy rains were battering parts of the country, including the capital Pyongyang, with…

Violent disputes over indigenous lands increase across Brazil

SAO PAULO — Violent disputes over indigenous land have been growing across Brazil, sparking heightened militancy by native tribes angered by broken promises of compensation and slower government registrations. A report by the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), cited by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper on Sunday, said the number…

200,000 Syrians flee besieged city of Aleppo

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations said Sunday that 200,000 people have fled the Syrian city of Aleppo in two days as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces step up their assault. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said in a statement that an unknown number of people are trapped in the city…

Palestians say Romney remarks ‘harmful’ to U.S. interests

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s endorsement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is “harmful” to US interests in the Middle East, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday. “Romney’s declarations are harmful to American interests in our region, and they harm peace, security and stability,”…

China surges to top of medals table on Olympics day two

LONDON — China surged clear at the top of the Olympic medals table on Sunday, adding two more golds to their opening day haul as swimming star James Magnussen put Australia on course for relay glory. After dominating day one of competition with four gold medals, Chinese athletes hit paydirt…

Spain angers feminists with plan to tighten abortion law

MADRID — Spain’s conservative government has provoked a storm among women’s groups with plans to tighten the country’s abortion laws to make the procedure illegal in cases where the foetus is deformed. The government announced Friday it would alter an abortion law introduced by its Socialist predecessors in 2010 which…

Kuwaiti royal arrested for tweeting political views

KUWAIT CITY — A Gulf rights group and a Kuwaiti MP on Sunday criticised the arrest of a member of the Gulf state’s ruling family for expressing “political views” deemed offensive. “Freedom for Sheikh Meshaal al-Malek al-Sabah who was arrested by the state security police,” the Gulf Forum for Civil…

U.S. drone kills seven militants in Pakistan

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US drone attack Sunday killed at least seven militants in Pakistan, officials said, days before the country’s intelligence chief visits Washington with the contentious raids likely to be discussed. Attacks by unmanned American aircraft are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, which says they violate its sovereignty and…

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