Moroccan military plane crash kills 78 -military

RABAT,  (Reuters) – At least 78 people were killed yesterday when a Moroccan military transport plane crashed into a  mountain in the south of the country during bad weather, the  military said in a statement carried by the state news agency.

Analysts believe Iran scientist death was a foreign hit

(Reuters) –  Western security agencies were most  likely behind the killing of an Iranian scientist in an operation that underlines the myriad complications in the  conflict over Iran’s nuclear programme, analysts say.

Norway police see attacker as probably alone

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s police believe Anders Behring Breivik probably acted alone in killing 76 people last Friday, and Norwegians united in revulsion against the worst attack in the Nordic nation since World War Two.

Kosovo police in tense standoff with local Serbs

MITROVICA, Kosovo (Reuters) – Kosovo sent special police forces to its Serbian-populated north late yesterday to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia, but local Serbs resisted the move as ethnic tensions rose sharply.

Obama, Congress fail to break debt deadlock

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers failed to  achieve a budget breakthrough and instead worked on rival plans  yesterday in an impasse that heightened prospects for a  catastrophic U.S.

Norway massacre exposes incendiary immigration issue

OSLO, (Reuters) – Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik  said he killed 93 people to spark a “revolution” against the  multiculturalism he believed was sapping Europe’s heritage, and  experts say a frank debate about immigration may be the best way  to prevent similar explosions of violence.

Hotel maid in Strauss-Kahn case speaks out

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The New York hotel maid who  accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting  to rape her said in an interview published on Newsweek’s  website yesterday that he appeared as a “crazy man” and  attacked her when she entered his room.

China sacks 3 senior officials after train crash

WENZHOU, China, (Reuters) –     China sacked three  senior railway officials yesterday after a collision between two  high-speed trains killed at least 35 people and raised new  questions about the safety of the fast-growing rail network.

Norway shooter traumatises nation, up to 98 dead

SUNDVOLLEN (Reuters) – Norwegian police searched for more victims and a possible second gunman yesterday after a suspected right-wing zealot killed up to 98 people in a shooting spree and bomb attack.

Norway killer unknown to police, criticized Islam

(Reuters) – The man suspected of Norway’s gun and bomb massacre liked guns and weight-lifting, had belonged to an anti-immigration party and opposed multi-culturalism, Islam and the “cultural Marxists” of the establishment.

Aid groups can’t reach 2 million drought-hit Somalis

DADAAB, Kenya (Reuters) – Aid agencies cannot reach more than two million Somalis facing starvation in the famine-struck country where Islamist militants control much of the worst-hit areas, the UN’s food agency said yesterday.

At least 32 die in east China high-speed train crash

BEIJING (Reuters) – At least 32 people died when a high-speed train smashed into a stalled train in China’s eastern Zhejiang province yesterday, state media said, raising new questions about the safety of the fast-growing rail network.

Scores hurt in clashes, Egypt rulers promise democracy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Scores of people were injured in Cairo yesterday when thousands of demonstrators fought opponents with stones on their march to the Defence Ministry to urge their military rulers to speed up reforms, witnesses said.

At least 87 dead in Norway shooting, bomb attack

OSLO, (Reuters) – A gunman dressed in police uniform  opened fire at a youth camp of Norway’s ruling political party  yesterday, killing at least 80 people, hours after a bomb killed  seven in the government district in the capital Oslo.

Teenagers swam for their lives in Norway carnage

NESLANDET, Norway, (Reuters) – Norwegian teenagers  at a lakeside summer camp fled screaming in panic, many leaping  into the water to save themselves, when an attacker dressed as a  policeman began spraying them with gunfire.

Top Republican breaks off debt talks with Obama

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John  Boehner broke off talks with President Barack Obama yesterday  on a deficit-reduction deal to prevent a devastating default  and said he would try to hammer out an agreement through the  Senate.

Europe agrees sweeping new action on debt crisis

BRUSSELS,  (Reuters) – Euro zone leaders have agreed  on a bold rescue package for debt-stricken Greece and will give  their financial rescue fund sweeping new powers to prevent  market instability spreading through the region.

Big debt deal gains traction amid chaotic efforts

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Efforts to craft a broad $3  trillion deficit-reduction deal gained traction yesterday as  the White House and top lawmakers scrambled to sort through  competing options and stave off a devastating U.S.

Cash records, email suggest Coulson knew of bribes – source

LONDON,  (Reuters)- Scotland Yard investigators have  cryptic financial records corroborating suspicions that former  News of the World editor Andy Coulson knew about illegal  payments to police officers, a source with knowledge of the  matter told Reuters.

Atlantis has landed, ending NASA’s shuttle era

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., (Reuters) – The space shuttle  Atlantis returned from NASA’s final shuttle mission yesterday, ending a 30-year era that opened the space frontier,  exposed its dangers and established a toehold for future  endeavors beyond Earth.

Caymans premier probed over “financial irregularity”

GEORGE TOWN, (Reuters) – Cayman Islands Premier W.  McKeeva Bush is being investigated by police over “an alleged  financial irregularity” in the British-ruled Caribbean  territory, the governor’s office said yesterday.

Malawi president calls for calm, 18 dead in protests

BLANTYRE, (Reuters) – At least 18 people have been  killed in clashes between police and demonstrators during  violent nationwide protests against President Bingu wa  Mutharika, the Malawian health ministry said yesterday.