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‘Al-Qaeda’ kills 20 Yemen troops after leader eliminated by U.S. drone strike

Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed at least 20 soldiers in attacks on two army posts in southern Yemen on Monday, a day after a wanted top militant died in an air raid, a military official said. Jihadists attacked the military posts outside the city of Zinjibar, which they have controlled since…

U.S. Treasury to sell $5 billion of AIG stock

The US Treasury is to sell $5 billion worth of shares in American International Group Inc. (AIG) in a stock offering, with the bailed-out insurer buying $2 billion. AIG, seen as a symbol of the excesses that epitomized the global financial meltdown in 2008, was saved from almost certain bankruptcy…

Afghan woman sets sights on presidency in a man’s land

Leading Afghan women’s rights champion, author, lawmaker and presidential hopeful, Fawzia Koofi, has a revealing anecdote about life as a woman in a man’s land. As she walked out of the Presidential Palace in Kabul recently, a conservative male parliamentary colleague approached her and said: “‘Ms Koofi, if you would…

Australia had ‘globe-trotting’ dinosaurs: study

Scientists said Monday a new fossil discovery suggested Australia’s dinosaurs were cosmopolitan globe-trotters, unlike the “unique weirdos” of its current wildlife. Palaeontologist Erich Fitzgerald said an ankle bone fossil found 87 kilometres (54 miles) from Melbourne indicated that meat-eating dinosaurs known as ceratosaurs lived in what is now Australia some…

Africa’s last rhinos threatened by poaching

Decades of conservation efforts to save rhinos are coming undone, as surging demand for their horns in Asian traditional medicine has spawned a vast criminal trade powered by poaching. South Africa is the epicentre of the poaching battle. A conservation success story, the country is home to 70 to 80…

European leaders endorse ‘growth pact’ following French socialist victory

By Dave Clark PARIS — France’s new president-elect won a quick early victory Sunday when other European leaders fell in behind his plan to build a new common growth strategy as soon as his rival’s defeat was confirmed. When Socialist flag-bearer Francois Hollande began his campaign there was concern in…

After electoral gains, Greek neo-Nazis warn ‘the time for fear has come’

By Will Vassilopoulos ATHENS — Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn warned rivals and reformers Sunday that “the time for fear has come” after exit polls showed them securing their entry in parliament for the first time in nearly 40 years. “The time for fear has come for those who betrayed…

Tornado kills teenager in Japan

TOKYO — A tornado ripped through eastern Japan on Sunday, killing a teenager, destroying dozens of homes and cutting power to around 20,000 households. “A 14-year-old male died” as a result of the tornado, said a spokesman at the disaster headquarters of Tsukuba city in Ibaraki prefecture, roughly 60 kilometres…

Campaign web wars 2.0: can Republicans strike back?

WASHINGTON — Tired of playing catch-up to the Obama Internet juggernaut, Republicans have rolled out a one-stop online shop for conservative activism which they hope will help them capture the White House. The Social Victory Center, which launched this week and allows Republicans to do everything from distribute campaign materials…

Taiwan electricity supplier’s top executive quits

TAIPEI — The head of Taiwan’s state electricity supplier has resigned after a steep hike in utility rates prompted outrage, officials said. Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) has lost TW$132.2 billion ($4.48 billion) in since 2008, according to the island’s economic ministry, and a 37 percent rise in electricity prices was…

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