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‘Social protests’ continue across Israel

Thousands of Israelis demonstrated across the country on Saturday, continuing their resurrection of the social protest movement that rocked the country last summer. Protesters in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the northern city of Haifa chanted slogans including “The only solution to privatisation is revolution” and “Power from money is the…

Protests planned as Hong Kong installs new leader Sunday

Hong Kong installs a new leader and marks 15 years of Chinese rule Sunday, at a time of strong anti-Beijing sentiment after visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao was targeted by angry protesters. Hu is scheduled to inaugurate the city’s next chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, and his government at 9:00 am…

Stolen Dali painting returned after surfacing in mail

A stolen Salvador Dali painting worth an estimated $150,000 has been recovered after being mailed back to the United States from Greece, police said Saturday. An unidentified man posing as a potential customer snatched the 1949 gouache and watercolor piece “Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio” from New York’s Venus Over…

Paris Gay Pride buoyed by promise of same-sex marriage law

Always colourful and raucous, the annual Gay Pride parade in Paris on Saturday was further buoyed by the promise of France’s new Socialist government to legalise gay marriage and adoption rights. “This is a special parade because it is the first time we have a government, a president, a parliament…

Mexico’s PRI set for election victory

The PRI, the party that ran Mexico for most of the 20th century, appears set to return to national power Sunday led by their handsome presidential candidate and his glamorous TV-star wife. If pre-vote surveys are correct, the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s Enrique Pena Nieto will coast to victory, with hundreds…

Egypt’s Morsi vows to be ‘servant of the people’

Mohamed Morsi took the oath of office on Saturday to become Egypt’s first Islamist president and its first elected head of state since the revolt that overthrew Hosni Mubarak overthrow last year. The ceremony took place in the constitutional court rather than parliament, the result of an ongoing tussle with…

British minister calls for banker prosecutions

Britain’s justice minister called Saturday for criminal prosecutions of bankers and stronger financial regulation after scandals erupted over rate manipulation and mis-selling by major lenders. “We are very bad at prosecuting financial crime in this country,” Justice Secretary Ken Clarke told BBC radio. “I suspect financial crime is easier to…

Storms kill one, cut power to two million in DC area

WASHINGTON — Violent thunderstorms that hit the Washington metropolitan area late Friday have left at least one person dead and cut off power to about two million people, media reports said. NBC News reported that a northern Virginia woman was killed when a tree fell on her house. The storms…

Health care industry relieved by Supreme Court ruling on ACA?

The US health care industry breathed a cautious sigh of relief Friday after the Supreme Court’s surprise decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s sweeping reforms, even as politicians kept their swords drawn over the law. After three years preparing billions of dollars of investment to implement Obama’s Affordable Care Act…

South Korea to open controversial new mini-capital

After a decade of wrangling, South Korea is set to inaugurate a new mini-capital seen by supporters as a developmental triumph and by critics as a classic pork-barrel project. Sejong City will by 2015 house 16 ministries or agencies and 20 central government offices currently located in or near Seoul.…

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