News Headlines - 21 July 2012

In Aurora, bomb experts work their way into explosives-rigged apartment of James Holmes - The Washington Post

Bomb experts disarmed a tripwire and set off a controlled explosion in the booby-trapped apartment of mass shooting suspect James Holmes on Saturday, slowly working their way into the home of the failed neuroscience student being held in custody after Friday’s theater massacre.

Rupert Murdoch quits boards of British papers | Reuters

News Corp's Rupert Murdoch has stepped down from a string of boards overseeing the Sun, Times and Sunday Times newspapers in Britain, the company said in an internal memo on Saturday.

AFP: Putin signs Russia into World Trade Organization

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed the bill ratifying Russia's entry to the World Trade Organization after 18 years of often acrimonious negotiations, the Kremlin press office said. Economists have long argued that Russia needed to join the WTO as it was the only major economy outside the body -- following China's membership in 2001 -- and the government hopes accession will stimulate growth.

Syrians flee fierce fighting in Aleppo | guardian.co.uk

Fierce fighting erupted on Saturday in Syria's historic northern city of Aleppo, with thousands of residents forced to flee amid bloody clashes between resurgent Free Syrian Army fighters and government troops.

Report: Japan nuclear workers told to hide radiation levels - CNN.com

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is investigating a report that workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were told to use lead covers in order to hide unsafe radiation levels, an official said.








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