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Obama announces partnership with private sector to feed the world’s poor

US President Barack Obama on Friday reached out to the private sector in hopes of lifting 50 million people in the developing world from poverty, as wealthy nations grapple with a budget crunch. Ahead of talks of the Group of Eight major industrial nations, Obama pledged that the United States…

House rejects bill that would have limited indefinite detention on U.S. soil

US lawmakers struck down a contentious provision Friday that would have curtailed the government’s power to indefinitely hold suspected terrorists captured on American soil. The measure, backed by an odd coalition of liberal Democrats and some Tea Party-backed Republican conservatives, had sought to ensure that suspected terrorists detained in the…

French IKEA managers fired for spying on staff and customers

Swedish furniture giant IKEA said Friday it was sacking four current and former managers at its French subsidiary over allegations they used illegal police files to spy on staff and customers. French prosecutors in April launched a criminal probe following allegations that IKEA paid for illegal access to secret police…

NYPD faces criticism over stop-and-frisk

The New York Police Department faces unprecedented fire over stop-and-frisk, a tactic officials herald for curbing the city’s once notorious murder rate, but which critics see as a racially charged assault on human rights. Champions on both sides of the debate chimed in Friday a day after the police commissioner,…

Memorial plaque to children killed in IRA bomb stolen

Police launched a manhunt on Friday for suspected metal thieves who stole a memorial to two children killed by an IRA bomb as the father of one of the victims branded the theft “disgusting”. The plaque to three-year-old Jonathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry formed part of the River of…

Chess contest becomes Moscow’s daily reality show

The man sits at a table with his head in his hands. He has not moved for several minutes. Opposite is an empty chair. Watching him through a glass panel are hundreds of people scrutinising his every gesture. An angst-ridden surrealist nightmare? An image from a Samuel Beckett play? Or…

California chefs in a stew over foie gras ban

A simmering row between animal rights campaigners and a handful of California’s top chefs is coming to the boil, ahead of a looming ban on foie gras in the western US state. Protestors took their message to the streets this week as a series of high-end restaurants staged events —…

Facebook set to make record pop in IPO on Friday

Facebook on Friday makes the richest-ever share offering for a technology firm, raking in billions of dollars it could wield to dethrone Google as king of the Internet. Facebook stock priced at $38 per share was to begin trading under the symbol “FB” on the Nasdaq, giving the world’s leading…

U.K.’s Cameron denies parenting classes are sign of ‘nanny state’

David Cameron said free parenting classes are not a “nanny state” policy as he defended a raft of new initiatives targeting families on Friday. The Prime Minister said it was ludicrous that people had to train before they were allowed to drive a car, but could bring up a baby…

Oil prices slide to multi-month lows

World oil prices slid to new multi-month lows on Friday as the market was rattled once again by concern about the outlook for demand linked to the eurozone debt crisis, analysts said. Brent North Sea crude for delivery in July struck $106.40 per barrel, which was the lowest point since…

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