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Artists lead thousands against Putin in Moscow

Dozens of Russian artists with brooms in hand carted their most expressive works across the boulevards of Moscow on Saturday in a show of exasperation at Vladimir Putin’s return to a third Kremlin term. Several thousand Muscovites joined them in a second such intellectual walk in a week. More than 10,000 had supported…

China clears Google purchase of Motorola Mobility

Google on Saturday said that Chinese regulators approved its $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility, clearing the path for the Internet titan to complete the acquisition early next week. US and European regulators gave approval to the purchase in February. Conditions put on the rubber stamp from China’s Ministry of Commerce included Google keeping its Android…

Charred notebooks and tears at Italy school bombing

Charred notebooks lay strewn at the scene of a deadly bomb blast outside a school in Brindisi in southern Italy on Saturday, as thousands took part in an emotional demonstration in the city. “There was huge black smoke, debris all over the place, piercing screams,” said Corradino De Paolis, a passer-by who rushed…

China says U.S. report on its military unjust

China expressed Saturday its “firm opposition” to a Pentagon report that said Beijing was carrying out aggressive cyber espionage as part of a steady build-up of its military power, state media said. Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said “China’s justified and normal military development” had been unjustly criticised in the annual report, which was released on Friday,…

Nigerian security forces find bomb-making stock in raid

Security forces found weapons and bomb-making stocks during a house raid Saturday in the violence-plagued central Nigerian city ofJos, police said. “There was a bomb factory that was discovered in Rikkos,” police spokesman Samuel Dabai told AFP, referring to a district in Jos. Army and police officers leading the raid discovered rifles, ammunition, chemicals and fertilisers. Authorities promptly destroyed…

Gay Muslim activist launches controversial book in Malaysia

A Canadian Muslim gay activist launched her controversial new book on liberal Islam in Muslim-majority Malaysia Saturday despite a government minister’s attempts to shut down the event. Irshad Manji launched “Allah, Liberty and Love” at a hastily arranged event in the capital Kuala Lumpur after two other venues pulled out…

Chinese activist leaves for U.S. with family

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng and his family left China on a plane bound for the United States Saturday, ending weeks of uncertainty in a saga that sorely tested China-US relations. Chen was whisked to Beijing’s airport from the hospital where he had been treated after his dramatic escape from house…

Two arrested in US over Chinese student killings

US police and federal investigators arrested two men over the killings of two Chinese graduate students which shocked Los Angeles last month, officials said. The men were detained in separate operations in south LA and Palmdale, north of the city, by teams including the LA Police Department (LAPD), the Federal…

Facebook windfall to help California fill budget hole

Facebook’s initial public offering will make lots of its staff in California rich — and should therefore help the perennially cash-strapped state fill a whopping $16 billion budget hole. According to official estimates, the record-setting IPO Friday will make a windfall of some $2.1 billion dollars for California, whose governor…

Guantanamo tribunal weighs separate 9/11 trials

A special US military tribunal at Guantanamo is weighing whether to hold separate trials for five accused plotters of the September 11 attacks, a defense lawyer said. The men, who are being held at Guantanamo Bay, were formally charged earlier this month with crimes that include murder and terrorism. They…

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