06 Jul 2013

Train carrying flammable liquid derails, bursts into flames in Canada

“A train pulling over 70 tankers of crude oil derailed and burst into flames in Canada early Saturday near the U.S. border. It jumped the tracks in the small town of Lac-Meganic in the province of Quebec, according to officials in Maine, who received a request for help at around

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06 Jul 2013

Venezuela offers asylum to U.S. intel leaker Snowden

“Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has offered asylum to U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, the state-run AVN news agency reported Friday, without offering details. The report came shortly after Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said he would grant Snowden asylum in his country ‘if the circumstances permit.’ Ortega didn’t elaborate on his

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06 Jul 2013

Explosions shut down Colombia’s No. 2 oil pipeline

“Two explosions have shut down Colombia’s 80,000 barrel-per-day Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline, state-controlled oil company Ecopetrol said on Friday, with a military source describing them as attacks carried out by leftist rebels.” Source:Explosions shut down Colombia’s No. 2 oil pipeline – Yahoo! News

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06 Jul 2013

Spain banks do not need new EU aid at present

Spain’s banks do not at present need further European aid, according to a document prepared by the European Commission and the European Central Bank and seen by Reuters on Friday. via Exclusive: Spain banks do not need new EU aid at present – EC document | Reuters.

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06 Jul 2013

China, Switzerland sign free trade agreement

China and Switzerland on Saturday signed a free trade agreement in Beijing – a move that came amid escalating tensions between Asia’s economic giant and the European Union. via China, Switzerland sign free trade agreement | Reuters.

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06 Jul 2013

China and Russia conduct joint naval drill

China and Russia are beginning joint naval drills which Beijing has described as the country’s largest with a foreign partner. The drills, which are taking place in the Sea of Japan, last from 5-12 July. via BBC News – China and Russia conduct joint naval drill.

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06 Jul 2013

EU threatens to suspend data-sharing with U.S. over spy reports

The European Union is threatening to suspend two agreements granting the United States access to European financial and travel data unless Washington shows it is respecting EU rules on data privacy, EU officials said on Friday. via EU threatens to suspend data-sharing with U.S. over spy reports | Reuters.

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06 Jul 2013

Key U.S. missile interceptor test fails, Pentagon says

A test of the only U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles failed on Friday, the third consecutive failure involving the interceptor system managed by Boeing Co, the Defense Department said. via Key U.S. missile interceptor test fails, Pentagon says | Reuters.

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06 Jul 2013

Italian ‘top mafia boss’ caught in Colombia

Colombian police say they have caught the alleged boss of Italy’s Calabrian mafia, who they described as Europe’s most wanted drugs trafficker. via BBC News – Italian ‘top mafia boss’ caught in Colombia.

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06 Jul 2013

North and South Korean talks on Kaesong economic zone

Officials from North and South Korea are holding talks on reopening the Kaesong industrial complex. The two sides sat down together on Saturday at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone. via BBC News – North and South Korean talks on Kaesong economic zone.

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