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Myanmar passes new law to attract foreign investors

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s parliament on Friday, September 7 passed an eagerly awaited new law aimed at boosting foreign investment in the former pariah state, which is emerging from decades of military rule, a lawmaker said. The legislation allows foreign companies to own a 50-percent stake in joint ventures with…

Motorcycle bomb attack outside Damascus mosque: state TV

DAMASCUS: A motorcycle bomb exploded as worshippers left a mosque after Friday prayers in northern Damascus, wounding several people, Syrian state television said. “A terrorist attack carried out with a motorcycle loaded with explosives struck the exit of Rukniyeh mosque as worshippers were making their way out,” it said, adding…

Lufthansa grounds half of flights as strike begins

German airline Lufthansa cancelled around half of its scheduled flights Friday as a 24-hour strike by cabin crew got under way, a company spokesman said. Frankfurt airport, Lufthansa’s main hub and Europe’s third-busiest airport, was “most affected” by the stoppages, the spokesman said. But the head of the striking UFO…

Southwest China quakes kill 43: officials

Beijing– At least 43 people were killed and 150 injured when two shallow earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.6 struck southwest China on Friday, officials said. Another 100,000 people were made homeless by the quakes, which struck on the border of Southwestern Yunnan and Guizhou provinces around the middle of…

Toddler survivor unable to help Alps shooting probe

The youngest survivor of the French Alps shooting, four-year-old Zeena al-Hilli, is unable to provide any further help to the investigation into the murder of her parents and grandmother, a prosecutor said Friday. Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud told AFP: “She was questioned again last night, but without giving many more…

Prince Harry in Afghanistan for second tour of duty

Prince Harry is back in Afghanistan to serve as a military helicopter pilot four years after his previous deployment there had to be cut short, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. The 27-year-old, who hit the headlines last month after he was photographed nude during a wild week of…

First man on moon to be buried at sea: Neil Armstrong family

CHICAGO — The first man on the moon will be buried at sea, a spokesman for Neil Armstrong’s family said Thursday. “I suspect it will be a private service,” spokesman Rick Miller told AFP. He said further details were not immediately available. The burial will take place after a September…

NASA’s Mars rover parked to test robotic arm

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Curiosity rover has temporarily halted its journey across the surface of Mars as it tests the tools on its robotic arm, the US space agency said Thursday. The $2.5 billion craft — which landed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet on August 6 — has covered…

Instagram officially part of Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO — Instagram on Thursday became part of Facebook as the social network completed its billion-dollar acquisition of the smartphone photo-sharing service. “Very excited to announce that we’re now officially joining the Facebook family,” Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said in a Facebook post tagged as being made using a…

U.S. strikes Nepal Maoists from terror blacklist

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday removed Nepal’s ruling Maoist party, which after a bloody, decade-long insurgency now heads a caretaker government, from its blacklist of terrorist organizations. After almost a decade as a designated global terrorist body, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), or CPN(M), which laid down…

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