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Supreme Court orders Florida company to return found sunken treasure to Spain

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant a final appeal to a Florida company that discovered silver and gold on a sunken Spanish vessel but was then ordered to return the treasure to Spain. The Court did not give a reason for refusing the request from salvage specialist…

Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk wins Sonning Prize

Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk on Monday won the 2012 Sonning Prize, Denmark’s highest cultural award that honours contributions to European culture. Orhan Pamuk, 59, was the first Turkish writer to receive the Nobel Literature Prize, in 2006, for his body of work that discusses the clash of Muslim and Western…

International Criminal Court brings charges against Congo warlord

The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor on Monday sought new war crimes charges against Bosco “Terminator” Ntaganda and another notorious Democratic Republic of Congo warlord. Ntaganda and Sylvestre Mudacumura are two of the “most dangerous” men in a region where millions have been killed in the past 20 years, chief…

Bosnian capital sees first spring snow in 50 years

The Bosnian capital and its surroundings were covered by snow on Monday, the first time in half a century snow has settled in Sarajevo at this time of year, as temperatures plunged to just above freezing. “The snow was nine centimetres (over three inches) high at 0500 GMT. It is…

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes southern Peru near Chile

A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook an area of southern Peru near the border with Chile early Monday, seismologists said, prompting people to flee their homes but reportedly causing no casualties. The quake occurred at 1000 GMT on the Chilean side of the border 107 kilometers (65 miles) northeast of…

‘Indie Hindi’ films offer alternative Bollywood view at Cannes festival

A trio of “indie Hindi” films are bringing a new Indian cinema to the Cannes Film Festival, where Bollywood stars like to spice up the red carpet but their movies seldom create a serious buzz. Dealing with corruption and coal mafias, impotency and the porn industry, the films in this…

Young wounded Norwegians to testify in Breivik mass-killing trial

Young Norwegians wounded in Anders Behring Breivik’s shooting rampage testified for the first time Monday about how he coldly hunted them down, and used the trial to taunt the self-confessed killer. “We won, he lost. Young Norwegians know how to swim,” Frida Holm Skoglund, 20, told Oslo district court when…

Ousted Yahoo! CEO revealed he has thyroid cancer

Ousted Yahoo! chief executive Scott Thompson told board members before his resignation that he has cancer, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Thompson, who quit amid a controversy over inaccurate academic credentials, said the diagnosis played a role in his decision to step down, but that he did not want…

Uighurs ‘face fight for existence’ against China

Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer said Monday her people face a fight for their very existence against Chinese repression as aconference in Japan threatened to drive a wedge between Tokyo andBeijing. And in a move that looked likely to provoke China, Kadeer also visited Japan’s controversial Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates those responsible for the brutal 20th-century invasions and…

Oil prices slide as dollar strengthens

Oil prices slumped on Monday, with New York crude striking five-month lows, as the dollar strengthened against the euro on mounting worries over Europe’s debt crisis, traders said. New York’s main contract West Texas Intermediate crude for delivery in June was down $1.99 at $94.14 a barrel. Earlier Monday it hit $93.65 an ounce —…

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