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North Korea holds mass rally in support of new leader

SEOUL — More than 100,000 North Koreans rallied in support of new leader Kim Jong-Un on Tuesday, state media reported, days after he was proclaimed the “great successor” to his father. The mass rally at Kim Il-Sung Square in the capital Pyongyang was attended by citizens and a number of…

Calories, not protein, boost body fat: study

WASHINGTON — People who eat too much of a high-calorie, low-protein diet tend to gain more body fat than people who overeat high amounts of protein, US researchers said Tuesday. A study published in the January 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association included 25 people in…

New York firebombing raises alarm over spread of Islamophobia

NEW YORK — New York police arrested a man Tuesday over the firebombing of a mosque, but some say the incident reflects much deeper tensions faced by Muslim New Yorkers — and that police are partly to blame. Police say they are investigating whether the throwing of Molotov cocktails at…

BlackBerry maker vows privacy safeguard amid probe

OTTAWA — Research In Motion vowed Tuesday to defend the legal privacy rights of BlackBerry users after a judicial commission in Pakistan ordered copies of smartphone communications in a scandal probe. The Canadian firm reacted to news that a Pakistani commission was seeking records for a probe into an unsigned…

U.S. charges Swiss bankers for hiding $1.2 billion

NEW YORK — Three Swiss bankers were indicted in the United States Tuesday, accused of hiding $1.2 billion in assets of US clients seeking to avoid declaring their full wealth to tax authorities. The bankers, Michael Berlinka, Urs Frei and Roger Keller, were accused of “conspiring with US taxpayers and…

Quakes halt Ohio ‘fracking’ waste water well

WASHINGTON — A series of small earthquakes has prompted Ohio to suspend operations at a well used to dispose of waste water from “fracking,” a controversial technology to extract oil and gas from shale, officials said Tuesday. The suspension came amid suspicions, which have not been confirmed, that the disposal…

Iowa to launch 2012 White House war

Judgment day dawned for Republican contenders vying to take on Barack Obama in November’s presidential election, with a pivotal vote in Iowa Tuesday likely to dramatically winnow the field of contenders. The mostly rural heartland state’s caucus is the first formal vote of the war for the White House against…

Music icon Youssou Ndour bids for Senegal presidency

World-renowned singer Youssou Ndour stirred up the battle for Senegal’s presidency on Tuesday by announcing he plans to take on veteran incumbent Abdoulaye Wade in February elections. Revered in his home country as a music icon, it remains to be seen whether Ndour can turn listeners into voters in a…

Anger over secret drug trials on Indian children

Indian activists have reacted angrily after 12 doctors were fined less than $100 each for conducting secret drug trials on children and patients with learning disabilities. The Madhya Pradesh state government said the tests had not been cleared by health authorities, and it added that the doctors refused to disclose…

Iran warning to U.S. warship sends tensions soaring

Iran’s military on Tuesday warned one of the US navy’s biggest aircraft carriers to keep away from the Gulf, in an escalating showdown over Tehran’s nuclear drive that could pitch into armed confrontation. “We advise and insist that this warship not return to its former base in the Persian Gulf,” said Brigadier…

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