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Egypt names new prime minister

Egypt names new prime minister

CAIRO — President Mohamed Mursi has asked Hisham Kandil, a relatively young water minister little known outside Egypt, to form a new government, disappointing investors who had hoped for a high-profile economy specialist. Kandil was a senior bureaucrat in the ministry until he was appointed minister in July last year after the fall of President […]

Taking no chances

Taking no chances

LONDON — More than 1,000 troops who had been on standby to bolster security at the Olympic Games have been deployed.

Assad forces retake captured districts

Assad forces retake captured districts

Syrian tank destroyed by rebels. DAMASCUS — Syrian troops have driven rebel fighters out of two districts of Damascus a week after the insurgents launched a major assault on the capital. Government troops retook control of the Damascus neighbourhood of Mezzeh yesteray and executed at least 20 unarmed men who they suspected of aiding rebels, […]

Obama offers message of comfort

Obama offers message of comfort

AURORA — President Barack Obama met with friends and family of the Colorado movie theater shooting victims yesterday as the town of Aurora mourned the 12 who died. Obama joined local officials and residents in refusing to utter the name of the alleged shooter, James Eagan Holmes. Police say Holmes, 24, was dressed in body […]

Australia police probe text scam

Australia police probe text scam

QUEENSLAND — Police agencies across Australia put out alerts today declaring as fake text messages and emails sent to thousands of Australians that said they had two days to pay $5,000 or die. “Do not respond,” said Detective Superintendent Brian Hay of the Queensland Police Service. “Delete it immediately and don’t panic, because that’s what […]

Aquino stands firm over dispute

Aquino stands firm over dispute

MANILA — Philippine President Benigno Aquino refused to budge today on a territorial dispute with China, asking Beijing to respect Manila’s rights in the South China Sea and announcing plans to upgrade military capabilities. Addressing a joint session of the Philippine Congress for the third time since his election in 2010, Aquino asked the Filipino […]

Truck crash kills 14

DALLAS — A pickup truck jammed with suspected illegal immigrants crashed into a tree along a rural Texas highway yesterday, killing 14 passengers and injuring 9 others, police said. The one-vehicle crash on Highway 59 near Goliad, Texas, some 80 miles south of San Antonio near the Gulf of Mexico coastline, was the second fatal […]

Scores die in Iraq blasts

Scores die in Iraq blasts

BAGHDAD — A string of bomb attacks and shootings in Baghdad and north of the capital has killed at least 91 people, say security and medical officials. Many of those killed were security forces – who appear to have been a prime target, correspondents say. One of the worst-hit places was Taji, a Sunni neighbourhood […]

Suspect silent

Suspect silent

COLORADO – The man accused of killing a dozen people in a Colorado movie theatre during a showing of the new ‘Batman’ film gave little away in his first court appearance today, sitting silently in a red jailhouse jump suit and with his hair dyed bright red. James Eagan Holmes, 24, who was detained immediately […]