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South Korea shuts more nuclear reactors over fake certificates

SEOUL  – South Korea said on Tuesday it was suspending the operations of two nuclear power reactors and extended a shutdown of a third to replace cables that were supplied using fake certificates, threatening power shortages in Asia’s fourth-biggest economy. The government warned there could be “unprecedented” electricity shortages and rolling blackouts this summer due to the nuclear shutdowns. South ... Read More »

More than 70 killed in wave of Baghdad bombings

BAGHDAD  – More than 70 people were killed in a wave of bombings in markets in Shi’ite neighborhoods across Baghdad on Monday in worsening sectarian violence in Iraq. No group claimed responsibility for the blasts. But Sunni Muslim Islamist insurgents and al-Qaeda’ s Iraqi wing have increased attacks since the beginning of the year and often target Shi’ite districts. More ... Read More »

Syria fighting rages, more chemical attacks reported

BEIRUT  – Heavy fighting raged around the strategic Syrian border town of Qusair and the capital Damascus on Monday and further reports surfaced of chemical weapons attacks by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on rebel areas. Intensified government offensives are widely seen as a bid to strengthen Assad’s position before a peace conference proposed by the United States and Russia for ... Read More »

South Korea dismisses North dialogue ‘offer’

SEOUL: South Korea on Monday brushed off an apparent offer by North Korea to resume nuclear disarmament talks, and chided Pyongyang for a recent personal attack on its president Park Geun-Hye. “Actions are more important than words,” Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-Seok said of the offer contained in a letter delivered Friday by an envoy of North Korean leader Kim ... Read More »

Bus flips over in Mexico; 16 dead

MEXICO CITY: A bus apparently went out of control after a blowout and turned over, killing 16 people in central Hidalgo state, Mexican authorities said. State attorney general’s spokesman Fernando Hidalgo said the accident happened Sunday afternoon as a group of tourists was returning to Mexico City from a weekend trip to the thermal baths in the town of Santa ... Read More »

Bomb explodes at market in Thai capital, injures seven

BANGKOK: A bomb put inside a garbage bag exploded at a street market in Thailand’s capital and injured seven people, police said. Police Col. Narongrit Promsawat said the explosion slightly injured seven people and damaged merchandise stalls at the market Sunday night. It happened in a residential area in front of a barber shop and across from Ramkhamhaeng University. Forensic ... Read More »

India’s anti-terror agency to probe deadly Maoist attack

NEW DELHI: India’s chief anti-terrorism agency will investigate a weekend Maoist rebel attack that killed 24 people including top local politicians, the deadliest strike in three years, officials said on Monday. A team from the National Investigation Agency, created after the 2008 Mumbai attacks to investigate terror-related crimes, will head to the site of Saturday’s attack in the central state ... Read More »

Suspected rebels kill 28, wound 24 in east India

NEW DELHI  — About 200 suspected Maoist rebels set off a land mine and opened fire on a convoy of cars carrying local leaders and supporters of India’s ruling Congress party in the country’s east, killing at least 28 people and wounding 24 others, police said. Senior police officer M. Gupta said the attack occurred Saturday in the Sukma area, ... Read More »

Kerry presses Egypt on economic reform, says aid depends on it

ADDIS ABABA  – Secretary of State John Kerry urged Egypt to act swiftly on economic reforms to secure a $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan, saying the measures were needed to get further aid from the U.S. Congress, an American official said. Kerry met Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi for about an hour on the sidelines of an African Union summit ... Read More »

Syrian opposition struggles for unity as battle rages

ISTANBUL  – Syria’s opposition resumed talks on Saturday aimed at closing their fractious ranks, as government forces launched a fierce onslaught on a rebel-held border town to try to gain the upper hand in the civil war. A failure of the opposition to unite could weaken the hand of Russia and the United States, co-sponsors of a proposed peace conference ... Read More »

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