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Russia hopes "down-to-earth" Obama drops Star Wars
17 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Dmitry Solovyov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hopes U.S. President Barack Obama will not pursue his predecessor's plan to deploy weapons in space but Moscow is ready to respond appropriately to any such moves, a senior Russian general said on Wednesday. Russia, negotiating with the United States a new treaty to curb nuclear arms to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-1) ...

No French access to Brazil plane crash autopsies
17 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - France's chief air disaster investigator said on Wednesday he was unhappy that a French pathologist had not been allowed to take part in autopsies in Brazil of bodies recovered after an Air France plane crash. Brazilian and French ships are still searching for wreckage and bodies from the plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on its way from Rio d ...

Mousavi calls day of mourning for Iran dead
17 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Dominic Evans and Fredrik Dahl TEHRAN (Reuters) - Defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi urged supporters to stage protests or gather in mosques to mourn those killed after disputed elections that set off Iran's worst unrest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. (Editors' note: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to re ...

Mexico finds cocaine haul hidden in frozen sharks
17 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's navy has seized more than a ton of cocaine stuffed inside frozen sharks, as drug gangs under military pressure go to greater lengths to conceal narcotics bound for the United States. Armed and masked navy officers cut open more than 20 shark carcasses filled with slabs of cocaine after checking a container ship in a container port in the southern Mexico stat ...

New protests over Iran elections
17 Jun 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi are planning a new demonstration in Tehran in protest at what they see as a fraudulent presidential poll in Iran. The planned rally comes after overnight raids on university dormitories in several Iranian cities and as two pro-reform figures were arrested. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has sought to calm tensions and called for an end to rioting. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected last week with almost two-thirds of votes. Protests have gr ...

Gas leak delays space shuttle launch for 2nd time
17 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA postponed the launch of space shuttle Endeavour on Wednesday due to a hydrogen gas leak that developed during fueling, a space agency official said. Endeavour had been scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:40 a.m. EDT on a 16-day mission to install a Japanese-built porch on the International Space Station. A simil ...

Obama to unveil plans for financial rules overhaul
17 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will unveil on Wednesday his plans for reshaping U.S. financial regulation, with proposals to close one bank regulator and create new overseers for big-picture economic risk and consumer financial product safety. In a package of reforms that takes on many tough jobs while avoiding at least one, the administration will c ...

Obama, Lee warn North Korea
17 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The leaders of South Korea and the United States told North Korea to drop its atomic ambitions and stop threatening the region while media reports on Wednesday said Pyongyang was moving ahead with plans to launch a long-range missile. After a summit with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Washington on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said a nuc ...

Lazy Environmentalist says don't feel bad
17 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Self-described lazy environmentalist Josh Dorfman has a plan to save the planet that is a little unorthodox -- he tells people to stop feeling bad about taking long showers and driving fast cars. "Environmentalists make people feel bad, and making people feel bad is a terrible marketing strategy," Dorfman said, explaining the concept of his new ...

Florida tent city offers hope to homeless
17 Jun 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Robert Green ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida tent city for hundreds of homeless people lies at the end of a dead-end street, but residents say they have not given up hope of a better life despite the U.S. economic downturn. The Pinellas Hope camp, 250 single-person tents in neat rows on land owned by the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg in a wooded area north of th ...

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