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Chinese village experiments with democracy

SHANGHAI — A Chinese village which staged an extraordinary rebellion against authorities last year has taken a key step in a process to freely elect its own governing committee, according to residents. Thousands of residents of Wukan in the southern province of Guangdong voted Saturday for more than 100 representatives…

Turkish jets bomb Kurdish rebel bases in north Iraq

ISTANBUL — Turkish jets have bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq, home to members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the army said on Sunday. “Two groups of targets belonging to the separatist terrorists in the regions of Zap and Kahurk were hit with efficiency in the evening…

Palin not sure Romney will ‘instinctively turn right’

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin isn’t convinced that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the best presidential candidate because she’s not sure he will “err on the side of conservatism.” Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday asked Palin if Romney was an “instinctive conservative.” “I trust that…

Israel general strike ends after four days

JERUSALEM — Israeli unions announced on Sunday they were ending a general strike on its fifth day, after reaching an agreement with treasury officials that will boost salaries and benefits for contract workers. At a joint news conference, the head of the Histadrut trade union confederation and Finance Minister Yuval…

Fixing Airbus A380 wing cracks to ‘cost 100 million euros’

BERLIN — Tiny cracks detected in January in the wings of some Airbus A380s will cost around 100 million euros to fix, the German weekly Der Spiegel reports in its edition to appear on Monday. Experts and internal sources at Airbus estimate that repairs and inspections on the super jumbos,…

Malaysia deports Saudi blogger behind Prophet Mohammad tweets

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia deported a Saudi Arabian blogger on Sunday, police said, despite fears voiced by human rights groups that he could face execution in his home country over Twitter comments he made that were deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad. Hamza Kashgari, a 23-year-old columnist, sparked outrage…

Erectile drugs might help premature ejaculation: studies

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Most studies looking at whether erectile dysfunction drugs can help men overcome premature ejaculation problems agree that the pills make a difference, but much of the research is flawed, according to a new review of the evidence. Of the 14 studies included in the review,…

Fugitive wanted over 1993 British heist arrested in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) – Missouri authorities have arrested a man wanted in the United Kingdom over a 1993 heist from an armored vehicle that netted the equivalent of $1.6 million, and were holding him on a weapons charge. Edward John Maher, wanted for stealing “a large amount of cash”…

Oscar organizers honor film science, technology

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hosting Oscar organizers’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday night, actress Milla Jovovich, a veteran of effects-driven movies like the “Resident Evil” franchise, confessed she knew little about what actually goes on behind the cameras. “I’m not an expert in technology. However I will say that…

Palestinian unity deal a mistake: Gaza Hamas leader

Senior Hamas official Mahmud Zahar slammed a Palestinian unity deal as a “mistake” that has thrown the Islamist movement into crisis, in an interview with Egypt’s official MENA agency published on Sunday. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal signed an agreement with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas earlier this month placing Abbas at…

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