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Replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb aims to divert tourists from threatened site

An exact replica of the tomb of Tutankhamun is set to be installed near the 3,000-year-old original, in what one of the world’s leading Egyptologists has called a revolutionary development in Egyptian archaeological conservation. Officials hope the £420,000 project will prolong the life of the original while promoting a new…

Majority of U.S. executions come from just 2 percent of counties

The arbitrary nature of the death penalty as practiced in the US is laid bare in a new study that shows that just 2% of counties across the nation have generated most of the executions in the past 40 years. A new report from the Death Penalty Information Center in…

Stock market continues to tank over budget impasse

US stocks fell Thursday as continued concern about the US budget impasse, underscored by a dire Treasury report, and weak US services sector data offset other upbeat economic data. About 55 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 121.41 points (0.80 percent) to 15,011,73. The broad-based S&P 500…

U.S. slaps sanctions on Rwanda over rebel use of child soldiers

The United States slapped sanctions on Rwanda on Thursday over the use of child soldiers by rebels with alleged ties to the army. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that the United States was invoking the Child Soldiers Protection Act in sanctioning Rwanda, as Washington seeks…

Greek neo-Nazi leader detained on criminal charges

The leader of Greece’s Golden Dawn party was to be taken to a high-security prison Thursday pending his trial on criminal charges, as the government cracks down on the neo-Nazi group. Nikos Michaloliakos, charged with running a criminal organisation, will be the first Greek party leader to be put behind…

Obama slams John Boehner: Take a vote, stop this farce

President Barack Obama on Thursday directly attacked Republican Speaker John Boehner, saying he could end a “reckless” US government shutdown in just five minutes. “Take a vote, stop this farce and end this shutdown right now,” Obama said during a fiery speech in the Washington DC suburbs. Obama said that…

IMF chief: Raising U.S. debt limit crucial for global economy

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned Thursday that a US failure to raise the debt ceiling, which could lead to default, could wreak havoc on the global economy. “The ongoing political uncertainty over the budget and the debt ceiling does not help,” Lagarde said in a speech in Washington,…

An electric car — the Model S — tops registrations in Norway for first time

An electric car model has topped the list of new car registrations in Norway for the first time, a car industry group said Thursday. In the month of September there were 616 registrations of the high-end US-made Tesla S, accounting for 5.1 percent of the total, according to Opplysningsraadet for…

U.S. Treasury warns of catastrophic effects if debt ceiling isn’t raised

A US default on its obligations forced by Congress not raising the country’s borrowing ceiling would have catastrophic effects, the Treasury warned Thursday. With the government likely to exhaust its cash reserves around October 17, the Treasury said being forced into non-payment of any of its obligations — and in…

Hong Kong seizes elephant tusks worth $1 million

Elephant tusks worth more than $1 million were seized by Hong Kong customs after being discovered hidden under bags of soya in shipments from West Africa, officials said Thursday. In what officials called an “intelligence-based” operation last month, the southern Chinese city’s border control found 189 tusks in three containers.…

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