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Massive iceberg twice the size of Manhattan breaks off Greenland glacier

A massive iceberg twice the size of Manhattan has broken off of a glacier in Greenland, according to NASA satellite imagery, in what could be the latest indication of global warming. The images released Wednesday show the massive chunk of ice breaking off of the Petermann Glacier on the northwestern…

4 banking giants ‘under spotlight’ in Libor scandal

Regulators are investigating Credit Agricole, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Societe Generale over the Libor manipulation scandal that claimed the boss of British bank Barclays, the Financial Times reported Thursday. Citing sources close to the probes, the FT said regulators were examining evidence of links between traders at all four banks…

Police oust indigenous group in Colombia standoff

Riot police clashed with indigenous protestors in southern Colombia, retaking a military post after a weeklong standoff by demonstrators demanding outsiders get off their land. “At (1030 GMT) we retook control. There was resistance (by the indigenous people), there were some skirmishes but there are no wounded among the police,”…

China’s ‘unwanted’ single women feel the pressure

Xu, a pretty woman in her 30s, warily walked into a Beijing singles club in a bid to shed her status as one of China’s “Unwanted”. Xu had not been to the “Garden of Joy” for more than a year but, with time and societal judgement weighing heavily on her,…

WikiLeaks disclosures caused no damage to U.S.: lawyer

FORT MEADE, Maryland — A US soldier accused of passing a trove of documents to WikiLeaks asked a military judge Wednesday to allow him to cite evidence showing his leak caused no damage to the United States. A defense lawyer for US Army private Bradley Manning argued that his client…

New York museum opens space shuttle Enterprise to public

NEW YORK — A New York aerospace museum opened the space shuttle Enterprise to the public Thursday. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum has installed the space shuttle on the runway of the aircraft carrier “Intrepid”, a museum facility docked at a pier on Manhattan’s West Side. NASA administrator…

Tom Cruise slams ‘grotesque’ report about daughter

LOS ANGELES — Tom Cruise’s lawyer condemned as “grotesquely false” a report that the Hollywood star had abandoned his six-year-old daughter amid the shock of his wife’s divorce bombshell. Attorney Bert Fields said a cover story in Life and Style magazine, with the strapline “Abandoned by Her Dad”, was clearly…

Closed USS Cole hearing amid protests from defense

US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — A pre-trial hearing for an alleged Al-Qaeda operative accused of masterminding the attack on the USS Cole resumed Wednesday behind closed doors and without the defendant in a US military tribunal — amid protests from his lawyers and media outlets. The session…

Putin agrees to work with Obama on Syria

WASHINGTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Wednesday in a phone call with President Barack Obama to work with the United States to find a solution to the crisis in Syria, the White House said. But the Kremlin stressed that “differences” remain ahead of a UN Security Council vote in…

Pregnant new CEO for Yahoo! stirs debate on working moms

WASHINGTON — No sooner was Marissa Mayer named chief executive of Yahoo! than she announced she’s pregnant. In doing so, she ramped up a lively ongoing debate in the United States about working moms. Mayer, 37, a Silicon Valley high-flyer who quit the top ranks of Google to take the…

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