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Michelle Obama on Barack’s Al Green impression: ‘He sings to me all the time’

The President has got a lot of attention for his apparently impromptu performance of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem earlier this month. But it took late night comedian Jay Leno to ask his wife what she thought. Michelle Obama admitted that the President sings…

Australia’s richest person moves on media giant Fairfax

Australia’s richest person, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, reportedly took her stake in press group Fairfax to 12.8 percent Wednesday, prompting government calls for tougher media ownership laws. The iron ore billionaire acquired close to 8.0 percent of the group after launching a Aus$200 million ($212 million) share raid late Tuesday, bringing her total holding…

Islamists admit plot to blow up London Stock Exchange

Four British Islamists inspired by a former al-Qaeda leader admitted in court on Wednesday to plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange in 2010. The men belonged to a group of fundamentalists who plotted a spate of mail bomb attacks during the run-up to Christmas that year and discussed launching a…

Endangered turtle baby boom in Philippines

Globally endangered green turtles are enjoying a baby boom on remote Philippine islands as a three-decade protection programme starts to pay off, environment group Conservation International said Wednesday. The project is a key part of worldwide efforts to rebuild green turtle populations, and could help see the species’ status upgraded…

24,000 ducks destroyed in Australia after bird flu

Some 24,000 Australian ducks were being destroyed Wednesday after testing positive for a low pathogenic strain of the bird flu virus, an outbreak which has prompted poultry export bans in parts of Asia. The Australian Chicken Meat Foundation said the outbreak of the strain of avian influenza appeared to be confined to two…

Ad calling mainland Chinese ‘locusts’ runs in Hong Kong

A group of Hong Kongers published a newspaper ad Wednesday calling mainland Chinese ”locusts” and demanding the government take action to stop their “infiltration” into the southern city. The full-page advertisement in widely-read Apple Daily is the latest in a slew of incidents suggesting mounting anger in Hong Kongabout the political and economic influence of…

Wikileaks founder takes case to Britain’s top court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took his 13-month fight againstextradition to Sweden to England’s highest court on Wednesday. Seven judges are hearing the 40-year-old Australian’s appeal over two days at the Supreme Court and are not expected to return their judgement for several weeks. Assange, who has been living on bail under virtual house arrest while awaiting the outcome of…

Sony’s Stringer steps down as president, CEO

Troubled Japanese tech giant Sony’s president and CEO Howard Stringer is to step down, the firm said Wednesday as it looks to staunch four years of losses in the face of fierce competition. Sony has been assailed on multiple fronts, with mobile phones challenging its key games division — the…

Pakistan condemns NATO leak on Taliban support

Pakistan on Wednesday hit out angrily at a leaked NATO report accusing its spies of secretly aiding the Afghan Taliban, saying that pre-dawn air strikes killed at least 20 local Taliban fighters. Pakistan’s alliance with the United States and NATO plummeted to an all-time low after US air strikes killed…

Testosterone can skew one’s judgement: study

Testosterone can skew one’s judgement, creating the impression that decisions are best taken alone even in situations that call for collaboration, according to a study released Wednesday. In a clever set of experiments, scientists led by Nicholas Wright at the University of London showed that women given a dose of…

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