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Warmer climate to open new Arctic shipping routes

Warmer climate to open new Arctic shipping routes

The quickest way to get goods from Asia to the US East Coast in 2050 might well be straight across the Arctic, where a warming climate is expected to open new sea routes through what is now impenetrable ice, a study reported on Monday. Most shipping traffic between these two centres currently goes through the […]

March 5, 2013 | By More
42 Syrian soldiers killed in Iraq

42 Syrian soldiers killed in Iraq

FALLUJAH, Iraq – Unidentified armed men on Monday ambushed a convoy carrying Syrian soldiers who had crossed into Iraq from the site of weekend fighting, killing 42 Syrians and seven Iraqis, security officers said. The soldiers crossed into Iraq from the Yaarubiyeh border crossing, the scene of heavy fighting on Saturday between rebels and troops […]

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UK: Queen hospitalised over stomach illness

UK: Queen hospitalised over stomach illness

London: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has been hospitalised over an apparent stomach infection that has ailed her for days, Buckingham Palace said Sunday. The monarch will have to cancel a visit to Rome and other engagements as she recovers. The palace said the 86-year-old British monarch had experienced symptoms of gastroenteritis and was being examined […]

March 4, 2013 | By More
3rd French soldier killed in Mali combat

3rd French soldier killed in Mali combat

PARIS  — A French soldier has died in some of the most intense fighting thus far in the seven-week-old military campaign to push back a jihadist advance in Mali, officials said Sunday. Parachutist Corporal Cedric Charenton was killed Saturday night in an assault in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains along the Algerian border, where the […]

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Chad’s president: Al-Qaida chief killed in Mali

Chad’s president: Al-Qaida chief killed in Mali

N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chadian President Idriss Deby announced Friday that Chadian troops fighting to dislodge an al-Qaida affiliate in northern Mali killed one of the group’s leading commanders, Abou Zeid. The death of the Algerian warlord, a feared radical leader of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb behind the kidnapping of several Westerners, could not […]

March 3, 2013 | By More
Suu Kyi cautiously optimistic for Myanmar future

Suu Kyi cautiously optimistic for Myanmar future

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Thousands of elated supporters greeted Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with rapturous cheers and a standing ovation as she took to an arena stage in an Indiana city that is home to one of the largest Burmese communities in the United States. The 67-year-old Suu Kyi, who spent […]

March 3, 2013 | By More
Flu shot link to rare sleep disorder

Flu shot link to rare sleep disorder

GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix swine flu vaccine has been linked to cases of the rare sleep disorder narcolepsy in children in a scientific study in England that confirms similar findings elsewhere in Europe. The vaccine, more than 30 million doses of which were given during the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009-2010, contains a booster, or adjuvant, and […]

March 3, 2013 | By More
Remarks at the Opening of Fifth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Remarks at the Opening of Fifth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Vienna (Austria), 27 February 2013 I thank the Government of Austria and the city of Vienna for hosting this Global Forum. I also thank the governments of Turkey, Spain, Qatar and Brazil for their generous support to the Alliance over the last five years. I am glad to be back in Vienna, where […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
Obama issues pardons to 17 for minor offenses

Obama issues pardons to 17 for minor offenses

President Barack Obama on Friday issued pardons for 17 people, largely for minor offenses. Those receiving pardons came from 13 states and had been sentenced for crimes that included falsely altering a money order, unauthorized acquisition of food stamps, drug violations, and possession of an unregistered firearm. No one well-known was on the list released […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
UN appeals court acquits ex-Serb military chief

UN appeals court acquits ex-Serb military chief

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a stunning reversal, U.N. appeals judges on Thursday acquitted the former chief of the Yugoslav National Army of aiding and abetting atrocities by rebel Serbs, including the Srebrenica massacre, by providing them with military aid during the Balkan wars. Gen. Momcilo Perisic, a former close ally of ex-Yugoslav President […]

March 1, 2013 | By More