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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…

Obama urges lawmakers to defend Wall Street reform

US President Barack Obama urged members of Congress on Saturday to defend Wall Street reform, arguing the recovering US economy cannot take the risk of lax oversight over the financial sector. “That’s why it’s so important that members of Congress stand on the side of reform, not against it,” the…

Decades after ‘unification’, Jerusalem is divided

Israelis this week mark Jerusalem Day, celebrating the “reunification” of the Holy City, but 45 years on, the contrast between quality of life in the Jewish west and the Arab east remain stark. The status of Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel captured…

German metalworkers union wins 4.3% pay rise

Some 800,000 metalworkers in the German state of Bade-Wurtemberg won a 4.3 percent pay rise in marathon negotiations, their union said on Saturday, raising hopes that years of wage restraint are ending. The regional accord, the first to be signed in Germany this year, sets a benchmark for wage negotiations…

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