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Japan wins World Cup after beating U.S. on penalties

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Japan won the women’s World Cup after beating United States 3-1 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in extra-time on Sunday. The U.S. dominated the final for long periods and were twice ahead but their confidence crumbled when it came to the spotkicks. (Editing by Mark Meadows)…

Greece, Italy top agenda at EU finance chiefs meeting

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU finance officials will discuss a range of options for Greece’s intractable debt crisis on Monday, galvanized by the growing threat of contagion to Italy, the euro zone’s third-largest economy. A senior European Union source told Reuters the Eurogroup of 17 euro zone finance ministers meeting later…

Banks struggle to agree on Greek aid plan

ROME (Reuters) – International banks, under pressure from European governments to roll over their holdings of Greek debt, tried again to come up with a joint rescue plan on Thursday after talks over a French proposal fell apart. European Central Bank and Greek government officials as well as international and Italian…

Rebels: If Gaddafi quits, we will let him stay in Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is welcome to live out his retirement inside Libya as long as he gives up all power, Libya’s rebel chief told Reuters on Sunday in the clearest concession the rebels have so far offered. Gaddafi has fiercely resisted all international calls for him to…

Top hotel in Kabul attacked by suicide bombers

KABUL (Reuters) – Two suicide bombers attacked a major hotel frequented by Westerners in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul late Tuesday, a police source said, and a Reuters witness said gunfire was heard for several minutes after one blast. Gunfire tapered off several minutes after the blast was heard, the Reuters…

Al-Qaeda’s east Africa chief ‘killed in Somalia’

MOGADISHU (AFP) – The presumed head of Al-Qaeda in east Africa, Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, wanted for blowing up the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was killed in Mogadishu this week, sources said Saturday. Fazul Abdullah, 38, is thought to have planned the massive truck bombings in Nairobi and Dar…

Bean sprouts blamed for fatal E. coli outbreak

BERLIN (AFP) – Germany blamed vegetable sprouts on Friday for a bacteria outbreak that has killed at least 33, left some 3,000 ill and cost farmers across Europe hundreds of millions in lost sales. After a weeks-long hunt for the elusive source of the contamination, German officials said they were…

U.S. denies Clinton seeking to be World Bank chief

WASHINGTON — Top US administration officials Thursday vehemently denied a report by the Reuters news agency that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in talks to become the next head of the World Bank. “It’s 100 percent untrue, Reuters is wrong,” Philippe Reines, a close advisor to Clinton, told AFP.…

Mexico soldiers find narco ‘tank’ factory

MONTERREY, Mexico — Soldiers on patrol in a Mexican border town discovered a warehouse where armor-plated “tanks” were being prepared for the Gulf drug cartel, a military source said Monday. The patrol came across the warehouse when they clashed with a group of armed men in the town of Ciudad…

Source of deadly European bacteria outbreak remains unknown

BERLIN – The source of a killer bacteria remained elusive Monday after Germany announced that initial tests on suspected organic sprouts had proved negative, while the outbreak’s death toll grew to 23. The probes were carried out on a farm in the northern state of Lower Saxony after regional agriculture…

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