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Iraq’s people yet to feel benefit of oil boom

Iraq’s economy is expanding and government coffers are swelling, but Sabah Nuri, like many Iraqis who still struggle with poverty and poor services, has yet to see the benefits of rising oil exports. Nuri is lucky: he has a job, albeit a relatively menial one, and a roof over his…

Former political candidate disrupts Kansas City mayor’s speech

A former Missouri state political candidate crashed the stage during a speech by Kansas City Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James (I) Tuesday night, prompting questions about security for future mayoral events. KCTV-TV reported that James was in the middle of his “State of the City” address when 31-year-old Derron Black appeared…

South African opposition leader jokes online about being bitten by rat

South African opposition leader Helen Zille said she has been bitten by a rat outside her home in Cape Town. “The weirdest thing just happened. I went to fetch the newspapers at the gate when a rat darted out, and bit me on my toe!” the head of the Democratic…

British bloggers wary of new government penalties for ‘news-related’ websites

The British government has insisted that bloggers and posts on social media would not be caught by a new system of press regulation, but campaigners warned the new rules could be open to interpretation. Britain’s newspapers are urgently considering whether to sign up to the new system agreed by political…

Parts shortage forces Taiwan’s HTC to delay flagship smartphone rollout

Taiwan’s HTC has delayed shipments of its new flagship smartphone due to parts shortages, a report said on Wednesday, dealing a blow as it looks to lift sales and compete with the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy. The firm said the new HTC One, which was unveiled in February and set…

South Korean banks and television networks hit by cyber-attack

South Korean police said Wednesday they were investigating reports from several major broadcasters and banks that their computer networks had come under a concerted cyberattack. “Members of our cyber team are investigating this now,” a National Police Agency spokesman told AFP. Yonhap news agency said at least three broadcasters —…

Al-Qaeda claims to have executed French hostage in Mali

The French government was scrambling Wednesday to verify a claim by Al-Qaeda’s north African branch that it has executed a French hostage in Mali as a “spy”. A man claiming to be a spokesman for Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) told Mauritania’s ANI news agency late Tuesday that Philippe…

As Obama visits Israel, Palestinians call on him to address ‘emergency situation’

Palestinians want President Barack Obama’s milestone visit this week to lead to a more active US approach to resolving the conflict with Israel, before the West Bank is overrun by Jewish settlements and it is too late for a two-state solution. “We are in an emergency situation,” independent Palestinian legislator…

Royal Air Force plane takes one million Euros to Cyprus

The government sent a Royal Air Force plane to crisis-hit Cyprus on Tuesday carrying one million euros in emergency loans for British military personnel, the defence ministry said. The cash cargo flight was a “contingency” plan in case banks in Cyprus stopped giving out money as the island deals with…

Giant squid DNA study produces ‘tantalizing questions’ for scientists

Scientists announced they had peeked into the DNA of the giant squid, seeking to demystify a deep-sea creature that has haunted sailors’ dreams for centuries. But their findings, published Wednesday, threw up some tantalising questions in turn. They include the likelihood that there is just one species of giant squid,…

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