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WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves next week on an eight-day trip to Scandinavia, the Caucasus and Turkey that will cover security issues such as Iran and Syria as well as the environment and health. The State Department said Clinton begins her May 31-June 7 trip with visits to Denmark, Norway and Sweden that will largely concentrate on the environment. Her visit to Norway will include speaking at a conference on global health in Oslo on June 1 as well as visiting Tromso, north of the Arctic Circle, for June 2 talks on climate change and developing the region's untapped resources. Clinton then travels to Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, where the State Department said she would discuss "regional security, democracy, economic development and counterterrorism." One topic sure to come up in Armenia and Azerbaijan is their conflict over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. A tiny mountain region mainly populated by Christian Armenians, Nagorno-Karabakh ...

WASHINGTON: The US government is easing the airport screening process for travelers 75 and older, beginning to roll out new rules just in time for the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, an official said Friday. From this weekend the elderly will no longer have to doff shoes, belts and jackets as they pass through security checkpoints at New York's three major airports: John F. Kennedy International, La Guardia, and Newark Liberty. The Transportation Security Administration has said ...
WASHINGTON: The US company SpaceX on Friday prepared for the climax of its Dragon capsule's landmark mission to the International Space Station with a high-stakes bid to latch on to the orbiting research lab. The unmanned, cargo-carrying supply ship aims to become the first privately owned craft to berth with the $100 billion space station, restoring US access to the space outpost after the shuttle program's end. Only Russia, Japan and Europe currently have supply ships that ...
MEXICO CITY: Hurricane Bud grew into a Category Three storm as it barreled towards an expected on Friday landfall on Mexico's Pacific coast, the US National Hurricane Centre said. The first eastern Pacific hurricane of the 2012 season was about 240 kilometers (150 miles) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico and packing sustained winds of nearly 185 kilometers (115 miles) per hour, the Miami-based NHC said. On the current track, "the centre of Bud is forecast to move inland ...
MONTREAL: Thousands of protesters returned to the streets across Quebec late Thursday in defiance of a new law regulating demonstrations and despite the arrest of some 1,000 protesters this week. The latest protests came after the Canadian province's government invited student groups to talks in a bid to end more than three months of protests over a proposed university tuition hike. In Montreal, thousands of residents hit the streets at 8:00 pm Thursday (0000 GMT), banging pot ...
Talks set with Quebec students after mass arrests  MONTREAL: The Quebec government invited student groups Thursday for talks to end a three-month conflict over a planned hike in tuition fees after nearly 700 people were arrested overnight in the Canadian province. No date was set for the meeting to which the four main student groups were invited, but it could talk place early next week, said the president of the FECQ student union, Leo Bureau-Blouin. "We want to put the odds on our side to ...
MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities were on stand-by Thursday as the first eastern Pacific hurricane of the 2012 season, named Bud, strengthened to a category two storm off the southwestern coast. "We are on alert, we are preparing some 120 shelters in the coastal towns," said the head of civilian protection for Colima state, Melchor Urusua. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said the storm had strengthened to a category two but posed no immediate threat to land. It was ...


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