11 Killed in Cyprus naval base explosion

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Huge blasts in a seized Iranian weapons cache at a Greek Cypriot naval base in the south of the Mediterranean island killed at least 11 people on Monday, state media said. The force of the explosions blew out virtually every window in the nearby fishing village of Zygi, whose seafront […]

Volga river tragedy costs ‘more than 100 lives’

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More than one hundred people, including as many as 60 children, were feared dead after a riverboat overturned on the Volga river. Russian Emergencies Ministry members work on the bank of the Volga river as they search for the missing people from the Bulgaria tourist boat Photo: REUTERS Divers searching the […]

Syrian VP calls for transition to democracy

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DIAA HADID Associated Press= BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s vice president called Sunday for a transition to democracy and credited protesters with forcing the regime to consider reforms. Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa spoke at a national dialogue that opened Sunday with some critics of the government. But the main opposition driving […]

Slow progress at Fukushima plant 4 months after disaster

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(CNN) — Four months after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, operators at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are still grappling with the crisis the disaster unleashed but say they are making slow progress. The March 11 quake led to meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi’s three operating reactors when the tsunami […]

France urges Libyan sides to start talks

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Paris, July 11: French defense minister has said NATO will stop airstrikes on Libya if the Libyan regime and revolutionary forces start negotiations. “We have … have asked them to speak to each other,” Gerard Longuet was quoted by Reuters as saying on Sunday. “We (NATO) will stop the bombardment […]

Mexico Ups Security After Bloody Weekend

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News Americas, MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Mon. July 11, 2011: Some 1,800 additional federal agents have been unleashed in Mexico following a weekend that left at least 41 people dead. The reinforcements were backed by 170 vehicles, 15 ambulances and 4 MI and Black Hawk helicopters, the Public Safety office announced […]

Obama, lawmakers still divided over debt deal

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JIM KUHNHENN and LAURIE KELLMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Grasping for a deal on the nation’s debt, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders remained divided Sunday over the size and the components of a plan to reduce long term deficits. Noting the need to work out an agreement over […]

Colombia Cops Search For Escaped Prisoners

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News Americas, BOGOTA, Colombia, Mon. July 11, 2011: Police in Colombia are on the hunt for 17 prisoners who escaped from the Buchelli jail in the southwestern Narino province. Around 20 prisoners escaped from Buchelli jail after an explosion at the prison and so far, only three have been recaptured. […]