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Assange served extradition notice by UK police

London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was served with a “surrender notice” by Scotland Yard on Thursday, just days after he dramatically took refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy here seeking political asylum to block his extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges. Earlier this month, 40-year-old Assange had lost his final bid to avoid his extradition to Sweden when Britain’s ...

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US clears China, Singapore from Iran oil sanctions

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has exempted China and Singapore from economic sanctions because they have significantly reduced imports of Iranian oil. The decision by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spares Chinese and Singaporean banks from potentially being cut off from the American financial system. The sanctions are aimed at pressuring Iran to prove it is not trying to ...

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Clinton arrives in Russia ahead of Syria talks

AFP – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Saint Petersburg on Thursday, for talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that are expected to be dominated by the ongoing crisis in Syria. The two top diplomats are to meet late Friday, the eve of crunch talks in Geneva that will try to find a…

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Syria and the Phantom

What was that Turkish F-4 Phantom II up to when the Syrians shot it down? Ankara said the plane strayed into Syrian airspace but quickly left and was over international waters when it was attacked, a simple case of carelessness on the part of the Turkish pilot that Syrian paranoia turned deadly. But the Phantom — eyewitnesses told Turkish television ...

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Army testing new camouflage

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Soldiers heading to Afghanistan could soon be issued new combat uniforms that would offer better camouflage based on their operating environments. Two 4th Infantry Division battalions are wear-testing new uniforms in eastern Afghanistan right now, according to Col. Bill Cole, a project manager for soldier protection and individual equipment at Program Executive Office Soldier. And a decision ...

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Malaysia’s FELDA to launch palm oil IPO

In Malaysia, shares of the world’s third-largest palm oil plantations operator will be publicly traded on Thursday for the first time. The Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) is now selling shares in its commercial plantations, which cover more than 400,000 hectares of land. The public offering is set to raise $3bn for the parent company, but there are fears that ...

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More banks face interest rate rigging investigation

More banks are being investigated and appear likely to face sanctions after Barclays was fined £290m ($450m) for trying to manipulate the interest rates at which banks lend to each other. Regulators in Europe, the US and Asia have said that investigations into other banks are "ongoing". The UK's Financial Services Authority said the early signs were that Barclays had ...

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Heat protection tips for children and toddlers

The temperatures in Louisiana have been extreme, and it is very important to make sure your children stay healthy and safe with the temperatures being so extreme. Extreme heat caused 8,966 deaths in the United States from 1979-2002. Here are some tips to help protect your children from heat exhaustion or heat-related illness. Be sure to keep your children hydrated ...

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France, Germany divided on help to south Europe: Hollande

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that Paris and Berlin were in broad agreement on measures to stimulate growth but had not yet hammered out a deal on short-term steps to stabilize the euro zone’s most fragile economies. “There are points in common on growth luckily, (German…

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