Oil prices fall as Iraq resists joining output cut
By Ahmad Ghaddar LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Monday as Iraq said it wanted to be exempt from an OPEC deal to cut production, though losses were capped by Iran saying it would encourage other members to join an output freeze. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 61 cents at $50.23. Falah al-Amiri, head of Iraqi state oil marketer SOMO, added that Iraq's market share had been compromised by the wars it has fought since the 1980s.
Battle lines hold firm at global whaling huddle
Portoro? (Slovenia) (AFP) - Pro- and anti-whaling nations dug in their heels at a key meeting Monday where Japan sought to lift a 30-year-old moratorium on commercial hunts while others pushed for a sanctuary in the Atlantic. "The moratorium on commercial whaling should and could be lifted on a stock-by-stock basis based on sound scientific evidence," Japan insisted in a written submission. The commission's own advisory scientific committee "has confirmed that certain stocks of whale species are recovered", which implies the moratorium is outdated, it argued.
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5 dead in wrong-way crash on Massachusetts highwayMIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) ? State police say five young adults have died in a fiery wrong-way crash on a southeastern Massachusetts highway.
Egypt's security chief warns of scheme to incite chaos
CAIRO (AP) ? Egypt's interior minister warned in comments published Monday that the country faced "unprecedented challenges" that required a "decisive" response by security forces, accusing the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood of scheming to incite chaos.
HNA Group to buy stake in Hilton in deal worth about $6.5BNEW YORK (AP) ? China's HNA Group is buying an approximately 25 percent stake in hotel operator Hilton from Blackstone affiliates in a deal worth about $6.5 billion.
Tom Hayden, famed 1960s anti-war activist, dies at 76
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) ? Tom Hayden, a '60s anti-war activist whose name became forever linked with the celebrated Chicago 7 trial, Vietnam War protests and his ex-wife Jane Fonda, has died. He was 76.
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Israel defense chief gives interview to Palestinian daily
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) ? Israel's defense chief threatened Gaza's militant Hamas rulers and dismissed the Palestinian president as an incapable leader in a rare interview published Monday in the main Palestinian newspaper.
France clears 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, children in limbo
By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - France began clearing the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp on Monday as hundreds gave up on their dreams of reaching Britain, a tantalizingly short sea crossing away. Following sporadic outbreaks of unrest overnight, the migrants chose instead with calm resignation to be relocated in France while their asylum requests are considered. By lunchtime more than 700 had left the squalid shanty-town outside Calais on France's northern coast for reception centers across the country.