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US stresses support for Iraq president WASHINGTON: The United States threw its weight behind Iraqi President Fuad Masum Sunday after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on state television he would be filing a complaint against Masum and as security forces massed in the capital."The United States fully supports President Fuad Masum in his role as guarantor of the Iraqi Constitution," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement, echoing an earlier comment made on Twitter by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Brett McGurk.Maliki, who has been under huge pressure to give up his bid for a third term, announced his plans to file a complaint in a surprise address at midnight (2100 GMT Sunday).He alleged newly elected Masum had violated the constitution twice, including by failing to task a prime minister-designate with forming a new government.Meanwhile, security sources Monday said Iraqi police, army and counter-terrorism forces were deployed in unusually high ...

Dozens of inmates flee after Haiti jailbreak PORT-AU-PRINCE: A jailbreak Sunday at a high-security prison near Haiti's capital left dozens of inmates on the loose, police authorities said.The escape came after a mutiny erupted in the jail, a spokesman for Haiti's national police said."It was a spectacular escape. There was no battle. A hundred inmates fled the prison," a lawmaker on the scene told reporters."We were able to catch 13 escapees," said police spokesman Garry Desrosier, adding authorities were still searching for ...
Mexico oil refinery fire death toll rises to four MEXICO CITY: The death toll from a fire at a northern Mexico oil refinery has risen to four, the oil company said Sunday, after another worker succumbed to his injuries.The fire broke out Friday at the complex in Ciudad Madero, a city bordering the US state of Texas, just two weeks after another blaze at the same refinery.State-run energy company Pemex said on Twitter that the workers were doing maintenance work on a coker unit ...
US emergency labs ready to work on Ebola drugs NEW YORK: All three US facilities established to quickly make vaccines and therapeutics in the event of a major public health threat say they are standing by to support any US government effort to scale up a treatment for Ebola. The facilities, called Centres for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (ADM), were set up by the US Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with private industry, to respond to pandemics or chemical, ...
Test results in suspected Ebola case in Toronto TORONTO: Test results on a patient being treated in a Toronto-area hospital for a suspected case of Ebola are due within the next 24 hours, Ontario's health ministry said on Saturday. Samples from the patient, who recently came to Canada from Nigeria, have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. "The patient is currently in isolation and is being treated for a fever and other flu-like symptoms," the ministry said in a statement. ...
Canada quarantines patient with Ebola-like symptoms MONTREAL: A patient back from Nigeria who showed symptoms of fever and flu -- possible signs of Ebola -- was put in isolation in a Toronto-area hospital, Canadian health officials said late Friday.Nigeria is one of several countries in West Africa that has had confirmed cases of Ebola, in the world's largest ever outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever that has seen 961 deaths and nearly 1,800 people infected since the beginning of the year.The ...
Mexico Congress gives final approval to energy reform MEXICO CITY: Mexico's Senate voted Wednesday for the final legislation to implement a historic energy reform that will end the 75-year-old state oil monopoly and bring back foreign investment.The Senate voted 78-26 for the last piece of legislation, which was already approved by the lower house of Congress and now goes to President Enrique Pena Nieto for his signature.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

 



 
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