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US police arrest man after LA Times shooting threat LOS ANGELES: US police arrested a man late Friday after he entered the Los Angeles Times building and threatened to start shooting, the newspaper said.It was unclear if the man was carrying a weapon or fired any shots, but building employees locked themselves in safe areas while police officers entered and detained the suspect. Witnesses told the LA Times the man said he had been depressed and did not mind killing someone. He reportedly handed one person a bag of bullets and said that he did not want to go to jail. Police have not identified the suspect, but photographs posted on the newspaper website showed a white male dressed entirely in black, including black trainers, with uncombed long curly hair and no facial hair.The LA Times said the suspect worked for Vxi Global Solutions, a company that specializes in call centers and rents office space in the building.The LA ...

Iran says settlement on New York skyscraper 'illegal' TEHRAN: Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed as "illegal" plans by US prosecutors to sell an Iran-linked Manhattan skyscraper in the largest terror-related seizure to date, media reports said Saturday.Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a statement late Friday the settlement lacked "legal credibility" and was influenced by "anti-Iran political propaganda," according to the reports in Iranian media.The settlement was unveiled on Thursday and has been approved by a federal judge.Its main target is a 36-storey building ...

South Korea ferry captain arrested, divers spot bodies JINDO: Investigators on Saturday arrested the captain accused of abandoning the South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago with 476 people on board, as divers finally accessed the submerged vessel and spotted bodies inside.Lee Joon-Seok and two of his crew were taken into police custody in the early hours of the morning, charged with negligence and failing to secure the safety of passengers in violation of maritime law.The 69-year-old captain has been severely criticised ...

Ukraine sanctions aside, US carmakers eye Russia market DETROIT: Never mind the Ukraine crisis and Washington's sanctions against Moscow: US automakers say the Russian market is their next big frontier.Russia is simply too large and too important for carmakers to ignore, experts said this week."The Russian market is going to be larger than Germany," said John Branch, a professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.Branch said the structure of the Russian auto industry is in flux as the demand for ...

US Supreme court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight WASHINGTON: US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd that would have prevented a lower court ruling from going into effect while the court considers an appeal in a patent fight over Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone.The decision could help pave the way for generic competitors to go on the market as soon as next monthCopyright Reuters, 2014

US extends Keystone XL comment period, delaying final decision WASHINGTON: The US State Department announced on Friday it is extending the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that likely postpones a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 mid-term elections.President Barack Obama has said he will make a final decision on whether to allow the pipeline connecting Canada's oil sands region to Texas refiners, and several government agencies had been given until May to weigh in. ...

Tunisia assembly begins to wade through electoral law TUNIS: Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly or parliament on Friday began voting article by article on a new electoral law to govern legislative and presidential elections due before the end of 2014.Just 139 of a total of 217 deputies were on hand to examine the articles before the assembly's vice president, Meherzia Laabidi, adjourned to try to reach an agreement how to proceed.By 1500 GMT, just two items had been adopted and 168 others remain to ...


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