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Ecuador denies Assange asylum report

Ecuador denies Assange asylum report

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Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has denied a British media report that his country had granted asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Correa said he would consult advisers on Wednesday before deciding. Assange, 41, took refuge at Ecuador’s London embassy in June to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape and assault…

Texas executes ‘mentally impaired’ inmate

Texas executes ‘mentally impaired’ inmate

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A Texas man convicted of killing a police informant has been executed after the US Supreme Court rejected arguments that he was too mentally impaired to qualify for the death penalty. Marvin Wilson, 54, was pronounced dead late on Tuesday, 14 minutes after his lethal injection began at the state…

Rover Curiosity ‘on course’ for Mars landing

Rover Curiosity ‘on course’ for Mars landing

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NASA’s Curiosity rover is zooming toward Mars, and with about a day to go until a landing attempt, the space agency says the nuclear-powered rover appears on course. Curiosity is on track “to fly through the eye of the needle” for a precise, safe landing on Sunday night, NASA officials…

Colorado suspect faces 142 criminal counts

Colorado suspect faces 142 criminal counts

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The former graduate student accused of opening fire at a Denver-area screening of the latest “Batman” film, killing 12 people, has been formally charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. James Holmes, 24, was formally charged on Monday during his second court appearance since…

President Obama declares situation in Somalia a “national security threat”

President Obama declares situation in Somalia a “national security threat”

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resident Obama sent a letter, dated 20, 2012 to Congress declaring the situation in Somalia poses “an unusual and extraordinary national security threat to the United States.” The President cited “piracy, escalating violence, and the deterioration of the security situation in Somalia” as reasons for his actions. “I found that…

UN states fail to reach arms trade treaty

UN states fail to reach arms trade treaty

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Member states have failed to reach agreement on a new UN treaty to regulate the multibillion dollar global arms trade, with some diplomats and supporters blaming the US for triggering the unraveling of the month-long negotiating conference. Hopes had been raised that agreement could be reached on a revised treaty…

First US woman to travel into space dies

First US woman to travel into space dies

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Sally Ride, the first US woman to travel into space, has died after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, according to her foundation. Ride, 61, broke new ground for American women in 1983 when at the age of 32 she and four crewmates blasted off aboard space shuttle Challenger. “She…

Chile to probe schools in sex abuse claims

Chile to probe schools in sex abuse claims

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Chile will investigate 61 schools in the country’s capital for possible child sex abuse, the attorney general said in the latest government step to address a sharp rise in reports of such crimes. Sabas Chahuan said on Friday that his office will look at 49 schools in eastern Santiago and…

Police nab suspect in Colorado movie massacre

Police nab suspect in Colorado movie massacre

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A masked gunman has shot dead at least 12 people and wounded 58 others at a showing of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in the US state of Colorado. Police in the Denver suburb of Aurora said on Friday they had arrested a 24-year-old local man in…

HSBC official resigns over drug money scandal

HSBC official resigns over drug money scandal

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The head of compliance at HSBC has resigned from his position and apologised after a US senate investigation found that Mexican drug cartels laundered billions of dollars through its US division. David Bagley told the senate investigations panel on Tuesday that he will remain at the London-based bank in a…

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