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Death toll spikes for Iraqis and U.S. troops

BAGHDAD — Violence killed more Iraqis last month than at any time since September, figures showed Friday after the US reported deaths that also made June the deadliest month for its troops in Iraq for three years. The Baghdad government blames Al-Qaeda for most of the 271 deaths of its…

Hugo Chavez admits to having cancer surgery in Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez admitted to having undergone an operation that removed a cancerous tumor, in his first televised address since he was rushed to hospital in Cuba on June 10. “Studies confirmed the existence of a tumor with cancerous cells,” Chavez admitted in an emotional late night address broadcast…

Wisc. Justice Prosser urged to attend anger management: report

The conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice accused of choking a female colleague amid a heated argument was urged days later to attend anger management classes, according to a local report. Justice David Prosser, accused of choking his liberal colleague Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, was reportedly asked to attend the classes…

Venezuela’s Chavez in ‘critical’ condition: report

MIAMI (AFP) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, who is in Cuba following emergency surgery, is in “critical” but stable condition, Miami’s El Nuevo Herald reported Saturday, citing US intelligence sources. Chavez’s government has said he was operated on for a pelvic abscess June 10 and is recovering well; the president’s…

Facebook growth slows as it loses some U.S. users

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Facebook is approaching 700 million members but its growth is slowing and it lost users in the United States and Canada last month, the Inside Facebook website said Monday. Facebook had 687 million members at the start of June, said Inside Facebook, which closely tracks developments…

‘Duke Nukem Forever’ to be released in June after 15-year wait

SAN FRANCISCO — The 15-year wait for the return of videogame tough guy “Duke Nukem” will end in June, 2K Games promised on Tuesday. First-person shooter game “Duke Nukem Forever” has been a work in progress since 1997, missing a slew of release dates before 2K put it in the…

Climate data shows June 2010 to be Earth’s hottest month on record

Last month was the hottest June ever recorded on Earth, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday, amid global climate warming worries. The combined global land and ocean surface temperature data also found the January-June and April-June periods were the warmest on record, according to NOAA’s National Climatic…

New payment claims hit BP faster than company can write checks

New claims against BP from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are pouring in more than twice as fast as the British energy giant is paying them out, US officials said. Analysis by a consulting group hired by Louisiana to track claims and BP payments amid the…

Under pressure, BP suddenly finds ‘quicker’ solution

WASHINGTON — Under intense US pressure, energy giant BP presented a new plan to roughly triple the amount of oil it is capturing from a ruptured Gulf of Mexico well by the end of June, to more than 50,000 barrels a day. “After being directed by the administration to move…

Female Iranian journalist gets 30-year ban from writing

TEHRAN: Iran has sentenced award-winning woman journalist Jila Baniyaghoob to jail for one year and banned her from writing for 30 years over post-election unrest, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. Baniyaghoob, 39, was arrested on June 20 last year along with her husband and released on bail two months later.…

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