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White House condemns Bahrain violence

WASHINGTON — The White House said Wednesday it was “deeply concerned” over an upsurge in violence in Bahrain, condemning attacks on police but also calling on security forces to show restraint. “The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the situation in Bahrain, and we urge all parties to…

‘Hunger Games’ seeks new director for sequel

The hunt is on for a director for the next “The Hunger Games” movie after the record-breaking film’s maker announced he was pulling out of the franchise. Gary Ross said he will not make the planned sequel “Catching Fire” for Lionsgate Films, the company behind the movie phenomenon based on…

Miracle baby found alive in Argentine morgue after declared dead

A premature baby who had been declared dead was found alive 12 hours later in the morgue, a health official in northeastern Argentina said. The parents of the baby, who was in serious condition, were going to name her Luciana Abigail but have changed their minds and are calling her…

Syria declares halt to military operations on Thursday

The Syrian defence ministry said Wednesday that it will cease military operations against rebel fighters from Thursday, the day set by peace envoy Kofi Annan as a deadline to halt hostilities, state television reported. “After our armed forces completed successful operations in combating the criminal acts of the armed terrorist…

DOJ files antitrust suit against Apple’s e-book pricing ‘conspiracy’

The US Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit naming Apple and five publishing houses alleging a “conspiracy to limit” e-book price competition, court documents showed. The suit filed in US District Court in New York said the conspiracy involved “schemes to limit Amazon’s ability to discount e-books,” hurting consumers. The…

Baby girl’s death highlights plight of India’s ‘unwanted girls’

A three-month-old baby girl that police say was battered by her father who wanted a son died on Wednesday, highlighting the plight of millions of India’s “unwanted girls”. Neha Afreen died from cardiac arrest at a state-run hospital in India’s tech hub of Bangalore after battling for life for three…

AIG to resume U.S. real-estate investments

WASHINGTON — American International Group (AIG), the giant US insurer bailed out at the height of the 2008 global financial crisis, is looking to get back into the real estate market, the Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper said late Tuesday that AIG, which has been selling off trophy properties…

China purges rising political star as wife is probed for murder

China’s biggest political crisis in decades took a dramatic turn with the removal of one of the Communist Party’s biggest stars from his post and his wife’s arrest on suspicion of murder. Bo Xilai, the charismatic former party leader of Chongqing city, had been tipped for the very highest echelons of…

Tennessee opens door to creationism in schools

A law to allow public school teachers to challenge the scientific consensus on issues like climate change and evolution will soon take effect in Tennessee. State governor Bill Haslam allowed the bill — passed by the state House and Senate — to become law without signing it, saying he did not believe the legislation “changes the scientific standards that…

Seaweed linked to post-menopause cancer risk

A Japanese study Wednesday said regular seaweed consumption among post-menopausal women heightened their risk of developingthyroid cancer, linking it to iodine in the macrobiotic food. A 14-year national survey of nearly 53,000 Japanese women, aged between 40 and 69, found that the group reported 134 thyroid cancer cases, including 113 cases of papillary…

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