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Former IMF boss may face new sex inquiry in France

FRANCE

Former IMF boss may face new sex inquiry

Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced a potential new sexual assault investigation Monday after a young French writer said she would formally accuse him of trying to rape her during a 2002 book interview. With France debating his possible return to presidential politics, Strauss-Kahn, a former International Monetary Fund chief, swiftly hit back at author Tristane Banon's plans to take him to court over the attempted rape accusations, labeling her account "imaginary" and countering with his own plans to file a criminal complaint of slander. A sexual assault case against Strauss-Kahn in New York weakened last week when the credibility of his accuser was questioned.

thailand

Military will not challenge election

The politically powerful military offered reassurance Monday that it wouldn't challenge the election of a party controlled by the fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whom it deposed in a coup five years ago. The head of the victorious Pheu Thai party and likely prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, 44, is a political novice. She is Thaksin's youngest sister.

Chicago

U.S. teachers lend support to Obama

The nation's largest teachers union voted Monday to support President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election bid, marking one of the earliest union endorsements for the administration. About 72 percent of the National Education Association's representative assembly voted to recommend the president's candidacy to its 3.2 million members.

Greece

Forces turn back Gaza-bound boat

A boat taking part in a flotilla seeking to break Israel's Gaza Strip sea blockade tried to leave the southern island of Crete on Monday but was turned back by Greek forces, as the Athens government warned that lives could be lost if the mission goes forward. The boat was stopped shortly after it set sail without permission from the port of Agios Nikolaos in northeastern Crete.

EGYPT

Ancient drawing shows a festival

Egypt's Antiquities Authority says a U.S.-Italian team of archaeologists has unearthed a 5,200-year-old rock drawing depicting a royal festival during ancient Egypt's earliest dynasty along the banks of the Nile River. The find was made in the southern city of Aswan.

Elsewhere

JAPAN: Ryu Matsumoto, Japan's new disaster reconstruction minister, submitted his resignation today after making remarks widely criticized as offensive during a visit to the earthquake-devastated northeast coast.

Norway: A helicopter crashed Monday in the mountains of western Norway, killing at least three of the five people on board, police said.

Mexico: At least one American died and eight others were missing Monday after a flash storm upended their fishing boat in the Gulf of California.

PHILADELPHIA: A career criminal suspected of shooting five people, two of them fatally, was killed by a SWAT team after a six-hour standoff Monday, authorities said.

WOODSIDE, Calif.: Interstate 280, a major San Francisco Bay area highway, turned into a runway when a Cessna 210 needed to make an emergency landing after the plane lost power.

Times wires

Former IMF boss may face new sex inquiry in France

07/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 12:29am]

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