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Baker to lead US delegation to Shevardnadze funeral WASHINGTON: Former secretary of state James Baker will lead a US delegation to the funeral of his old Cold War sparring partner Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Georgian president and last Soviet foreign minister.The retired US statesman will be joined at the ceremony on Sunday by the US ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland, the White House said.Baker this week wrote in The Washington Post that Shevardnadze was his friend despite being an adversary and had played a crucial role alongside Mikhail Gorbachev at a key moment in history."The Cold War could not have ended peacefully without him. He helped shepherd the Soviet Union, Europe and, indeed, the world through a period of profound and unpredictable change," Baker wrote. Shevardnadze died on Monday aged 86.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Body of Guatemala teen sent home after failed attempt to enter US GUATEMALA CITY: The body of a 15-year-old who died while trying to migrate illegally into the United States was repatriated to Guatemala on Friday, amid a raging US debate over how to stem a flood of similar cases.The remains of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, who perished in the Texas desert, were claimed in Guatemala City by his father, Francisco Ramos."I am sad," the somber and black-clad Ramos told reporters at the airport, after travelling six ...
Obama tells Central Americans not to send kids over border DALLAS: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned parents in Central America not to send their children alone on the perilous journey through Mexico to illegally cross the US border.Obama also urged Congress to stop playing politics and work with him to pass his request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the building immigration crisis."Parents need to know this is an incredibly dangerous situation and it is unlikely that their children will ...
Texas gunman kills at least six, including children: police CHICAGO: A gunman killed at least four children and two adults during a domestic dispute in Texas on Wednesday that triggered a tense standoff with police.A woman was also fighting for her life after suffering a gunshot wound to the head during the incident in Spring, outside Houston, Harris County Constable Ron Hickman told AFP.The woman was airlifted to an area hospital, where she remains in critical condition, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.One ...
De Mistura to succeed Brahimi as Syria peace mediator UNITED NATIONS: Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura is to be named the new UN mediator for Syria on Wednesday, taking on the Herculean task of finding a political solution to the devastating civil war, diplomats said.He is to replace Lakhdar Brahimi who resigned in May after two rounds of peace talks yielded no concrete results and as the conflict escalated into a fourth year, killing more than 162,000.His nomination has been confirmed to members of ...
Rajaratnam brother cleared in Galleon insider case NEW YORK: A US court on Tuesday cleared the brother of jailed hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam of insider trading in the Galleon Group scandal.A former portfolio manager at the Galleon hedge fund founded by his older brother, Rengan Rajaratnam was charged last year with conspiracy and securities fraud related to trading in technology stocks in 2008.Prosecutors had alleged he worked with Raj Rajaratnam to trade on insider information in Clearwire Corp. and Advanced Micro ...
Mexico lower house committees pass telecom bill MEXICO CITY: Mexican committees in the lower house of Congress on Monday approved legislation needed to implement a reform of the phone and TV markets that seeks to rein in telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim and broadcaster Televisa. Lawmakers passed the general framework of the bill, but they made dozens of reservations on specific parts of the legislation which will be debated on the floor of lower house on Tuesday before lawmakers take a full vote. ...


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