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France suspends Afghan training after troops killed

President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday suspended French military training operations in Afghanistan and said he was mulling an early withdrawal after a renegade Afghan soldier shot dead four French troops. “The French army stands alongside its allies but we cannot accept that a single one of our soldiers be wounded…

Chinese ‘Red Pad’ reserved for top officials

For the communist cadre who has everything, a shadowy Chinese company is offering a $1,590 tablet computer called the “Red Pad” reserved for the nation’s top officials. The pricey device, whose existence was publicised by state media this week, has drawn mocking comparisons with Apple’s iPad from Chinese netizens. “The…

Rare monkey is rediscovered in Borneo

An endangered monkey known as the Miller’s Grizzled Langur has been discovered on the island of Borneo in an area it was not previously known to inhabit, international researchers said on Friday. Little is known about the monkey, known formally as Presbytis hosei canicrus, but it is listed as endangered…

Italy cruise wreck search suspended in choppy seas

Italian rescuers were forced to suspend operations on the stricken Costa Concordia luxury liner on Friday a week after a Mediterranean tragedy in which up to 32 people are feared to have died. “Rescue workers were on the ship during the night. When it moved, the search was immediately suspended,”…

Third baby dies after Belfast hospital outbreak

A third baby has died after an outbreak of a deadly infection in a Belfast hospital, it was confirmed on Friday. The deaths at the city’s Royal Maternity Hospital occurred in the last week to 10 days, but a possible link to the pseudomonas bacteria was only discovered recently. The…

US shutdown of sharing site draws hacker retaliation

US authorities have shut down one of the largest file-sharing websites and charged seven people with copyright crimes, sparking a retaliatory cyber attack on the FBI and Justice Department websites. The two government sites were up and running again early Friday after being shut down for several hours in an…

Gingrich blasts media as Republicans clash

Surging Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich blasted US media digging into his past marital woes and questioned rival Mitt Romney’s job-creation claims as they clashed in a pivotal debate. Gingrich, Romney, Christian conservative former senator Rick Santorum and veteran Representative Ron Paul fenced against each other and ripped President…

British police make arrest over Saddam’s bronze buttock

LONDON — British police arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with part of a bronze statue of Saddam Hussein, a buttock, was illegally brought over from Iraq after the war. He was held on suspicion of breaching the 2003 Iraq Sanctions Order, which bans dealing in “illegally removed Iraqi cultural…

Romania opposition supporters stage mass protest

BUCHAREST — Around 7,000 people joined a mass opposition demonstration in Bucharest on Thursday calling on Romanian President Traian Basescu to step down, one of a number of protests held across the nation. The opposition rally was organised separately from protests taking place for a seventh day across Romania against…

U.S. Army suicides down, sex assaults up

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Thursday the number of suicides in the US Army fell last year for the first time since 2004, but that sexual assaults increased. A report on health issues in the largest branch of the US military said the number of suicides among active service members…

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