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Missing China dissident ‘held in Xinjiang’

SHANGHAI — Prominent Chinese dissident Gao Zhisheng, a lawyer who first disappeared into police custody nearly two years ago, has been imprisoned in the far western region of Xinjiang, his brother said on Sunday. The United States, the European Union and the United Nations have called on Beijing to release…

Spammers propel India to junk-mail top spot

MUMBAI — India has emerged as the world’s top source of junk mail as spammers make use of lax laws and absent enforcement to turn the country into a centre of unsolicited email. A recent report by Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based global Internet security firm, says more spam was sent…

U.S. troop arrested for bringing explosives to Texas airport

A member of the U.S. military has been charged with trying to go through a security checkpoint with explosives at an airport in Texas Saturday morning. According to the Associated Press, 30-year-old Trey Scott Atwater was arrested at Midland International Airport for placing explosives in a military-grade wrapping. He was…

Santorum proposes bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities

Rick Santorum continued the tough rhetoric from Republican presidential candidates on Iran Sunday morning. When asked by Meet The Press host David Gregory what he would do differently than President Barack Obama towards Tehran, Santorum was adamant in how aggressive he would be. “I would be saying to the Iranians,…

Iran defiant as U.S. unleashes new sanctions

Iran defiantly announced on Sunday that it had tested a new missile and made an advance in its nuclear programme after the United States unleashed extra sanctions that sent its currency to a record low. The developments raised the stakes in a budding confrontation between the longtime foes, as concerns mounted…

Greying Singapore taps robots, games in rehab

Six months ago, Singaporean retiree Soon Eng Sam, 70, suffered a stroke that paralysed the left side of his body. Bedridden for three months, he has regained some limb functions on the affected side through conventional physical therapy but now hopes to hasten his recovery with the help of new gadgets designed…

U.S. is top 2012 property investment pick

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States will remain the top choice of most global commercial real estate investors in 2012, but the country has lost ground to Brazil which ranked No. 2 this year, according to a survey released Sunday. While the United States offers the most stable and secure option in commercial…

Hollywood rings in New Year under arson alert

Los Angeles firefighters remained on arson alert Sunday after theHollywood district celebrated the New Year under the cloud of a string of some 40 deliberately-set fires. Seven new fires were reported overnight, including one in an underground parking lot near the heart of Tinsel Town’s tourist district, the LA Fire Department (LAFD) said.…

India repairs damage after cyclone kills 42

Relief operations were under way in south India on Sunday as residents struggled to repair damaged homes and property after a cyclone that claimed 42 lives. Cyclone Thane, packing winds of up to 140 kilometres (85 miles) an hour, struck the east coast on Friday between Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu and the…

Man throws glitter at Santorum for his anti-LGBT views

A bump in the Iowa caucus polls isn’t the only thing Rick Santorum has received over the past week. During a campaign spot in Johnston, Iowa Friday evening, the Republican presidential candidate was greeted by an unidentified man upset over Santorum’s negative views on the LGBT community. Within a second…

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