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Activists seek safe passage for Gaza aid ships

Irish activists supporting a new bid to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip urged their government on Thursday to seek Israeli assurances that a new aid flotilla would be allowed free passage. The two vessels, the Irish Saoirse (meaning Freedom) and the Canadian Tahrir (Liberation in Arabic) which are…

Bookmaker bets Greece will exit euro by end of 2012

Bookmaker William Hill offered odds of 4/6 Thursday that Greece will cease to use the euro by the end of 2012, the first time it has bet odds-on that Athens will exit the currency. It came after Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s shock decision earlier this week to offer a…

Israel PM orders UNESCO funding halt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ordered a halt to Israel’s financial contributions to UNESCO after the UN cultural organisation granted the Palestinians full membership. Netanyahu “ordered that Israel’s $2 million-per-annum participation in the budget of UNESCO be frozen, following the organisation’s decision to accept the Palestinian Authority into…

Study proves many U.S. corporations pay zero taxes

Dozens of US corporations paid no federal taxes in recent years, and many received government subsidies despite earning healthy profits, a new study showed Thursday. The report by Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which examined 280 US firms, found 78 of them paid…

Thousands of families split by immigration efforts

The US drive to expel illegal immigrants has separated more than 5,000 children from their parents, and another 15,000 face a similar fate in the coming years, a study said Wednesday. The report by the activist Applied Research Center (ARC) found at least 5,100 children currently living in foster care…

Jury finds Russian ‘merchant of death’ guilty

A New York jury found a Russian arms dealer, dubbed “the merchant of death,” guilty of conspiring to sell a huge arsenal to US-designated terrorists, in a case that has angered Moscow. Viktor Bout, 44, who was extradited from Thailand to the United States in 2010, was found guilty on…

No provision to quit euro without leaving EU: Commission

The European Commission on Thursday said that there was no provision under EU treaties to exit the euro without also leaving the European Union. Commission spokeswoman Karolina Kottova refused all comment on the prospects of Greece quitting the euro. But when asked if under the bloc’s rule-book it was impossible…

Tibetan nun dies in self-immolation in China

A Tibetan nun died after setting herself on fire in southwest China on Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency said, in the 11th such incident involving Buddhist monks and nuns in the restive region. The International Campaign for Tibet confirmed the death of the nun, named Qiu Xiang and aged…

Taiwan to curb ‘big-stomach’ eating contests

Taiwan moved Thursday to curb eating contests, a fad that has caused at least one death, and suggested the national health insurance stop paying for participants seeking medical treatment afterwards. Competitions involving eating everything from oversized steaks to meatballs by the dozen are endangering public health and wasting medical resources,…

New wristband harnesses Apple gadgets for fitness

Wireless earpiece maker Jawbone is once again blending fashion and technology to help people make healthier choices with a little help from their beloved Apple gadgets. The company this week unveiled UP, a smartly engineered wristband that synchs with software for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices to steer users…

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