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Clinton: Syrian President Assad has ‘lost legitimacy’

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit back Monday after Syrian “thugs” besieged the US embassy in Damascus, saying President Bashar Al-Assad was “not indispensable” and had “lost legitimacy.” Syria’s charge d’affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry in Washington to explain the Assad regime’s “outrageous” failure to meet…

Mobs storm U.S., French embassies in Syria

Angry mobs stormed the American and French embassies in Syria on Monday, after the two Western envoys visited the city of Hama, a flashpoint for protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The foreign ministry in Paris said three French staff were wounded in the embassy attack, while a US official…

British ex-PM Brown hacked by multiple Murdoch papers: report

Former prime minister Gordon Brown had his phone hacked and bank account breached by several British newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, reports said Monday. Paperwork seized from News of the World phone hacker Glenn Mulcaire by Scotland Yard had references to both Brown and his wife Sarah, according…

French police ‘interview Strauss-Kahn accuser’

French police detectives interviewed a young French writer on Monday over her claim that former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003, a judicial official told AFP. Paris police have been asked by investigating magistrates to look into the writer Tristane Banon’s allegation against the ex-head of…

Rockets hit Baghdad Green Zone on Panetta visit

Three rockets slammed into Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone on Monday, wounding a woman and her three children, security officials said, as US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta began the second day of a visit. There was no report or indication the missiles had landed anywhere close to the US embassy inside…

Dead and injured in blasts at Cyprus naval base

Huge blasts rocked the main Greek Cypriot naval base at Zygi in the south of the Mediterranean island early on Monday leaving dead and injured, state television reported. The early morning blasts caused extensive damage to property in the area and sparked wildfires in nearby scrubland in the tinder-dry summer…

Hugo Chavez makes surprise return to Venezuela

Venezuela's ever-theatrical President Hugo Chavez made a surprise homecoming from Cuba on Monday and declared himself "fine" despite speculation his cancer may still require lengthy treatment. …

Huge rare mineral deposits found in Pacific

TOKYO (Reuters) – Vast deposits of rare earth minerals, crucial in making high-tech electronics products, have been found on the floor of the Pacific Ocean and can be readily extracted, Japanese scientists said on Monday. “The deposits have a heavy concentration of rare earths. Just one square kilometer (0.4 square…

Evacuations as fire threatens Los Alamos nuclear lab

LOS ANGELES — The top US nuclear research lab was ordered to stay closed Tuesday after flames reached it and the local town began evacuating, though all high-risk materials were safe, officials said Monday. The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) said there had been “no off-site releases of contamination” after…

New Orleans police on trial for post-Katrina killings

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Five New Orleans police officers indiscriminately shot unarmed residents during the chaos unleashed by Hurricane Katrina and got colleagues to help cover up the crime, prosecutors said Monday. “Shoot first, and ask questions later,” federal prosecutor Bobbi Bernstein said during opening arguments of a high-profile trial…

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