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Assad rejects exile, says will ‘live and die in Syria’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday rejected calls that he seek a safe exit, vowing he would “live and die in Syria”, in an interview with Russian Arabic-language channel Rusiya Al-Yaum. He also warned that a foreign intervention to deal with Syria’s conflict would have “global consequences.”…

China’s Lenovo claims top spot for consumer PCs

Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group said it had become the global market leader in consumer and notebook personal computers, as it posted a 13 percent rise in second-quarter net profit. Net profit for the three months to the end of September rose to $162.1 million from $143.9 million a year…

Foxconn says cannot meet demand for iPhone 5

Taiwan’s Foxconn has admitted that it cannot meet strong demand for Apple’s new iPhone 5 due to difficulties in building the gadget, amid concerns over the US giant’s future earnings. “We can’t really fulfill Apple’s requests. Our shipments are insufficient… given the huge market demand,” Foxconn chairman Terry Gou told…

Jon Stewart pinpoints moment ‘bullsh*t mountain’ Fox News collapsed

On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart vivaciously mocked Fox News’ election coverage. In particular, Stewart noted “there was an avalanche on bullshit mountain” after President Barack Obama was declared the winner. Stewart was especially entertained by Republican strategist Karl Rove’s denial that Obama was going…

Maddow asks Republicans to return to the world of facts

Reviewing the results of the 2012 elections, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow predicted Republicans would need to “pop the factual bubble” that they were living in. Despite polls showing that Obama was likely to be re-elected, conservative pundits had proclaimed that Romney would be victorious on Tuesday night. “Republicans and conservatives…

Rep.-elect Grayson: Democrats should concede nothing in budget deal

Florida Rep.-elect Alan Grayson (D) on Wednesday night said that Democrats should not concede anything in a grand bargain with Republicans. “Why talk about caving at all? The Democrats won the election,” he told Current TV host Eliot Spitzer. Huge automatic budget cuts are set to go into effect if…

North American Internet traffic doubles: report

SAN FRANCISCO — The amount of data sent online in North America has more than doubled over the past year, with Netflix shows accounting for a big chunk of Internet traffic, a report found Wednesday. Online data use in North America was up 120 percent this year, with video streaming…

Canada confident Obama will approve Keystone XL pipeline

OTTAWA — Canada is confident US President Barack Obama will approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that he previously rejected, a government minister said Wednesday. Obama, who was re-elected on Tuesday, denied approval for part of the $7 billion pipeline earlier this year while the US State…

China’s Communist Party opens pivotal congress

BEIJING — China’s all-powerful and secretive Communist Party on Thursday officially opened its 18th congress to unveil a new slate of leaders who will oversee the world’s number two economy for the next decade. Party number two Wu Bangguo declared the congress open inside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People,…

International observers cite ‘concerns’ in U.S. elections

WASHINGTON — The 2012 US elections were conducted in a “professional manner,” but “real concerns” remain, international observers said Wednesday. “The electoral process enjoys broad public confidence,” Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission chief Daan Everts said in a statement the day after the vote that saw President…

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