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Typhoon smashes into Japan, four already dead

A powerful typhoon smashed into disaster-ravaged Japan, having already killed at least four people, less than a month after a vicious storm left 100 dead. Typhoon Roke, whose maximum speed was recorded at 216 kilometres (130 miles) per hour, made landfall near Hamamatsu, central Japan, at about 2:00pm on Wednesday…

Tens of thousands rally for U.N. bid in West Bank

Tens of thousands were rallying in the West Bank on Wednesday in support of a bid to secure UN membership for a Palestinian state, a security forces spokesman told AFP. “Tens of thousands of Palestinians are taking part in rallies across the West Bank,” said Adnan Damiri, spokesman for the…

Markets hope for Fed boost to U.S. economy

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to offer up some new stimulus for the sagging US economy when it closes a key policy meeting Wednesday, but many question whether it will do much. The two-day meeting of the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee might move to further press down…

Michigan police investigate car bomb that wounded three

Police in the US state of Michigan on Wednesday were investigating a car bomb explosion that seriously wounded three people, a local television station reported. Detroit’s WXYZ news said the car bomb was detonated at 5:41 pm (2141 GMT) on Tuesday in the town of Monroe south of Detroit, seriously…

Study reveals sex life of deep-sea squid

The sex life of Octopoteuthis deletron — O. deletron, if you prefer — is a cruelly hit-or-miss affair, according to candid footage of the deep-sea squid in its element, unveiled Wednesday. No foreplay, no tender caresses, no fond farewells until the next union, just a desperate drive to reproduce followed…

Britain to extradite ‘miracle baby’ pastor to Kenya

A preacher who claimed he could help infertile couples conceive “miracle babies” through prayer is to be extradited to Kenya to face child abduction charges, the British government said Wednesday. Gilbert Deya had fought a four-year legal battle arguing that it would breach his human rights to send him back…

UBS board meets in Singapore amid trading scandal

Swiss banking giant UBS began a meeting of its board in Singapore on Wednesday as it faces increasing pressure from shareholders after being hit by a $2.3 billion rogue-trading scandal. UBS chief executive Oswald Gruebel declined to take questions before going into the bank’s Singapore office for the meeting, which…

Police rue bid to reveal Guardian’s hacking sources

London’s police force admitted Wednesday it was wrong to invoke a harsh secrecy law to force The Guardian newspaper to reveal the source for its reports on the phone hacking scandal. The Metropolitan Police Service announced on Tuesday that it had dropped an application for a court order against The…

Iran says U.S. hikers to be freed after bail paid

Iran’s judiciary said Wednesday two US hikers convicted of espionage and illegal entry would be released from a Tehran jail after bail is posted, which their lawyer said would be done later in the day. “Following the request of their lawyer, their detention order was converted to bail of five…

Airbus aims to dominate China market

Airbus aims to have more than half the lucrative Chinese aviation market by the end of 2015, a senior executive said Wednesday, as the European giant seeks to close in on rival Boeing. The European plane maker currently holds 46 percent of the booming Chinese sector — a smaller share…

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