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LUCKNOW, India -- India's prime minister said Wednesday that the death toll from flooding this week in the northern state of Uttrakhand had surpassed 100 and could rise substantially.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke on his return from an aerial survey of the area, pegging the death toll at 102.

A joint army and air force operation evacuated nearly 12,000 Hindu pilgrims stranded in a mountainous area by torrential monsoon rains and landslides, but nearly 63,000 people remained cut off, a senior official said Wednesday.

Tropical storm nears Mexico

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Barry churned in the Bay of Campeche off Mexico's southeastern coast, where it may move ashoretoday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The storm, with top winds of 40 miles per hour, was 70 miles east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, moving west at 6 mph, the Miami-based center said in an advisory Wednesday evening.Most of the production from Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico's state-owned oil company, comes from the bay.

The storm is expected to drop 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters) of rain across southern Mexico, with some areas receiving as much as 10 inches, according to the center. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Punta El Lagarto to Barra de Nautla.

U.S., Cuba resume talks

HAVANA -- The United States and Cuba have agreed to resume bilateral talks on migration issues next month, a State Department official said Wednesday, the latest evidence of a thaw in chilly relations between the Cold War enemies.

Havana and Washington just wrapped up a round of separate negotiations aimed at restarting direct mail service, which has been suspended since 1963. Both sets of talks have been on hold in recent years in a dispute over the fate of U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross, who is serving a 15-year jail sentence in Havana after he was caught bringing communications equipment onto the island illegally.

The migration talks will be held in Washington on July 17. The State Department official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publically, spoke on condition of anonymity.

U.N. compound attacked

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Seven al-Qaida-linked militants on a suicide mission attacked the U.N. compound Wednesday with a truck bomb and then poured inside, killing at least 13 people before dying in the assault.

At least three foreigners were slain during the raid in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, where the United Nations expanded its presence this year, about 18 months after Islamic insurgents were pushed from the seaside city.

The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, calling the U.N. "a merchant of death."

Clashes roil Egypt

CAIRO -- The decision by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to name 17 new provincial governors, including several who belong to his former party, triggered another round of violence here and the reported resignation of a top minister.

The events stoked fears that Egypt's first democratically elected leader was increasing Islamists' control over the nation.

Such violence, which included clashes in at least three cities that involved small arms fire and Molotov cocktails, would be worrisome under any circumstances. But that it came just 11 days before Mr. Morsi's one-year anniversary in office, when mass protests are planned across the country, has raised the already heightened tension even higher.

EU fines drug companies

BRUSSELS -- Europe's top antitrust enforcer on Wednesday continued a campaign on both sides of the Atlantic to crack down on drug company efforts to keep low-cost generic versions of their medicines off the market, fining a Danish pharmaceutical and a number of generic producers a total of 146 million euros ($195 million)

The European Commission said that Lundbeck of Denmark colluded with companies including Ranbaxy of India and Merck of Germany in 2002 and 2003 to delay market entry of a less-expensive generic version of Lundbeck's blockbuster antidepressant called citalopram.

Lundbeck, fined 93.8 million euros, the highest amount, went as far as destroying significant quantities of the less expensive version of the drug, according to Joaquín Almunia, the competition commissioner, whose office enforces antitrust law on behalf of the 27-nation European Union.

-- Compiled from news services

LUCKNOW, India -- India's prime minister said Wednesday that the death toll from flooding this week in the northern state of Uttrakhand had surpassed 100 and could rise substantially.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke on his return from an aerial survey of the area, pegging the death toll at 102.

A joint army and air force operation evacuated nearly 12,000 Hindu pilgrims stranded in a mountainous area by torrential monsoon rains and landslides, but nearly 63,000 people remained cut off, a senior official said Wednesday.

Storm nears Mexico

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Barry churned in the Bay of Campeche off Mexico's southeastern coast, where it may move ashore today, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The storm, with top winds of 40 miles per hour, was 70 miles east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico the Miami-based center said in an advisory Wednesday evening. Most of the production from Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico's state-owned oil company, comes from the bay.

The storm is expected to drop 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters) of rain across southern Mexico, with some areas receiving as much as 10 inches, according to the center. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Punta El Lagarto to Barra de Nautla.

U.S., Cuba resume talks

HAVANA -- The United States and Cuba have agreed to resume bilateral talks on migration issues next month, a State Department official said Wednesday, the latest evidence of a thaw in chilly relations between the Cold War enemies.

Havana and Washington just wrapped up a round of separate negotiations aimed at restarting direct mail service, which has been suspended since 1963. Both sets of talks have been on hold in recent years in a dispute over the fate of U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross, who is serving a 15-year jail sentence in Havana after he was caught bringing communications equipment onto the island illegally.

The migration talks will be held in Washington on July 17.

U.N. compound attacked

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Seven al-Qaida-linked militants on a suicide mission attacked the U.N. compound Wednesday with a truck bomb and then poured inside, killing at least 13 people before dying in the assault.

At least three foreigners were slain during the raid in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, where the United Nations expanded its presence this year, about 18 months after Islamic insurgents were pushed from the seaside city.

The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, calling the U.N. "a merchant of death."

Clashes roil Egypt

CAIRO -- The decision by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to name 17 new provincial governors, including several who belong to his former party, triggered another round of violence here and the reported resignation of a top minister. The events stoked fears that Egypt's first democratically elected leader was increasing Islamists' control over the nation.

Such violence, which included clashes in at least three cities that involved small arms fire and Molotov cocktails, would be worrisome under any circumstances. But that it came just 11 days before Mr. Morsi's one-year anniversary in office, when mass protests are planned across the country, has raised the already heightened tension even higher.

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