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Afghanistan, U.S. ‘finalize draft post-2014 deal’

KABUL — Afghan and US officials have finalised the initial draft of a strategic partnership agreement that will govern relations between Kabul and Washington after 2014, a presidential statement said Sunday. “The draft agreement on Afghanistan and US long-term partnership was finalised and initialed on Sunday in Kabul by the…

South Korea Christians protest over Lady Gaga concert

SEOUL — Scores of conservative South Korean Christians will pray together on Sunday against Lady Gaga’s Seoul concert, organisers said, accusing the US pop star of advocating homosexuality and pornography. The pop diva arrived in South Korea on Friday, a week before her Seoul performance which kicks off her “Born…

Bloodshed won’t tighten U.S. gun laws: experts

The statistics are staggering, the stories heartbreaking, yet there is little chance that any amount of bloodshed will lead to stiffer gun controls in the United States in the foreseeable future. “It’s not something that any politician thinks is winnable,” said Kristin Goss, a politics professor at Duke University and…

Fracking brings boom, fears to rural U.S.

Underneath the ground in southwestern Pennsylvania, bedrock is put under explosive pressure to fracture and spill out its lucrative cache of natural gas. On the surface, though, the society is fracturing as the new gold rush fills pockets but also creates environmental and health concerns in this hardscrabble region once…

Staggering student debt the next financial crisis?

The cost of a US university degree has left people wide-eyed for decades but student debt has now mushroomed into a nightmare for Americans with potential to explode as the next major US financial crisis. Students at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, for instance, can typically expect to…

Walmart hid bribery in Mexico: report

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, has admitted it is investigating allegations that its managers in Mexico used widespread bribery to secure the company’s presence in the country and expand its market share. “This work is ongoing and continues today,” David Tovar, vice president of corporate communications, said in a statement.…

Police dig for remains of missing New York child

Police and FBI agents dug in an apartment basement Saturday in the SoHo district of New York to search for the remains of a boy who was six years old when he disappeared more than three decades ago. A portion of Prince Street, where Etan Patz lived, was closed to traffic as about 30…

U.S. nun group rejects Vatican condemnation

The leader of a group of US Catholic nuns on Saturday rejected condemnation from a Vatican report that said it defied Church doctrine. “We haven’t violated any teaching,” Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, told AFP, insisting the group would not stop “caring for the least among…

UN authorizes full Syria monitor mission

The United Nations voted Saturday to send 300 unarmed ceasefire observers to Syria, but the United States warned it may veto a new mandate for the force because its patience was “exhausted.” In the restive Syrian province of Homs, the first dispatch of UN observers arrived to monitor a shaky ceasefire, as…

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb wakes from coma: spokesman

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken from a coma and responded to members of his family, his spokesman said Saturday. Gibb, 62, contracted pneumonia and fell into the coma last week. He is suffering from colon and liver cancer. His spokesman Doug Wright said Gibb had been able to nod and communicate…

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