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China dismisses Dalai Lama murder plot claim

China has accused the Dalai Lama of “deceiving the world” and “spreading false information” after Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said he was warned of a plot by Chinese agents to assassinate him. The Buddhist monk made the allegation in an interview with Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, saying he had been told that agents were planning to poison him…

Strauss-Kahn files $1 million suit against NY maid

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against the New York hotel maid at the center of last year’s explosive sexual assault allegations, a report said Tuesday. A year after the scandal broke, the former French Socialist party presidential hopeful accused the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, of “knowingly and intentionally making a false…

Mickey Mouse hosts same sex weddings in Japan

Just days after US President Barack Obama came out in favour ofgay marriage, another supporter of homosexual unions emerged in Japan: Mickey Mouse. Despite their having no legal status, same sex couples are able to hold fairytale wedding ceremonies at hotels inside the popularTokyo Disney Resort, including at the Cinderella Castle, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. News…

U.S. launches air pollution data in Shanghai

The United States consulate in Shanghai has begun issuing its own pollution statistics, giving a much more pessimistic assessment of the city’s air quality than official Chinese data. The US consulate began releasing hourly air quality data from a monitoring device in its city centre compound Monday, posting results online and on Twitter, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Throughout…

Greece races against time to form government

Greece tries again on Tuesday to form a government, hoping a technocrat solution to disputes over a tough EU-IMF bailout deal will avoid new polls and keep it in the eurozone as time runs down fast. Leaders from all bar the far-right parties that won seats in inconclusive May 6 polls will meet at 1100…

Hollande sworn in as French president

Socialist leader Francois Hollande was sworn in as president ofFrance on Tuesday at a solemn ceremony overshadowed by the catastrophic debt crisis threatening to unravel the eurozone. After brief ceremonies in Paris, the 57-year-old career politician was to dash to Berlin to confront Chancellor Angela Merkel over their very different visions as to how to save the…

Ex-Murdoch aide among six charged over hacking

British prosecutors accused former Rupert Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks and five others of obstructing justice Tuesday in the first criminal charges from the News of the World phone hacking scandal. The ex-News International (NI) chief executive, her husband Charlie Brooks and four people who worked for her were charged with trying to hide evidence from police investigating wrongdoing…

Economic growth sows unhappiness in China: study

WASHINGTON — China’s economic growth of the last 20 years has generally been met with declining happiness, especially among the poorest members of society, according to a US analysis published on Monday. The study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is based on six different…

California faces cuts to fill huge budget hole

LOS ANGELES — California governor Jerry Brown proposed spending cuts Monday, including shutting down state offices one day a week, as well as tax rises to curb an estimated $16 billion budget deficit. Brown warned that the budget hole could balloon further if California voters reject plans to increase sales…

Steve Wozniak warns Zuckerberg on dangers of going public

SYDNEY — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has warned Mark Zuckerberg about the dangers of going public as Facebook counts down to its hotly anticipated share offering. The world’s leading social network is expected to start trading on the tech-heavy Nasdaq on Friday and has set a price range of $28…

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