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General Motors joins call for U.S. to address climate change

General Motors, the largest US automaker, on Wednesday joined a call for the United States to take greater action on climate change as it said that environmental concerns were critical for business. General Motors became the first automaker among 40 US companies in a joint appeal for policymakers in Washington…

Ohio executes man convicted of raping 6-month-old child

An Ohio man convicted of raping and murdering a six-month-old baby was executed by lethal injection on Wednesday after a last-ditch plea for mercy was dismissed. Steven Smith, 46, was declared dead at 10:29 am (1429 GMT), prison authorities in Lucasville, southern Ohio, confirmed after the execution. Smith was sentenced…

World economy isn’t growing fast enough to generate jobs for all the unemployed

The world economy is still not growing fast enough to generate jobs for tens of millions who have become unemployed but it is strengthening gradually, a top IMF official said Wednesday. While global growth is seen at 3.3 percent in 2013 and an even better four percent next year, this…

South Dakota Native Americans need $4 million to prevent sale of ‘Wounded Knee’ massacre site

Oglala Sioux must find nearly $4m to prevent massacre site being sold off, the latest in a series of issues that has the South Dakota tribe’s modernisers and traditionalists at loggerheads Horses are sacred to Native Americans. For Kevin Yellow Bird Steele, one of the tribal leaders of the Oglala Sioux,…

Sony CEO and 39 other executives give up bonuses in ‘unprecedented’ gesture

Dozens of Sony executives including the firm’s chief are foregoing bonuses this year in an “unprecedented” step to atone for a slump in its embattled electronics unit, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Chief executive Kazuo Hirai is among 40 top managers who will not get a bonus estimated at several hundred…

Israel still refuses to negotiate 1967 boundaries with Arab League

Israel will keep refusing to negotiate on the basis of a total withdrawal from land it seized during the 1967 Six-Day War, a minister said Wednesday after the Arab League modified its peace plan. “If Israel agrees to come to the negotiating table while accepting in advance that talks would…

81-year-old British soap star arrested on rape charges

British police on Wednesday arrested “Coronation Street” star William Roache, the longest-serving star in the world’s longest-running soap opera, on suspicion of rape. Roache, 81, has played lothario Ken Barlow in the series portraying life in a fictional northern English town since its first episode on December 9, 1960. He…

Google Plus racks up followers, but not all are devoted

When Google launched its social networking service, Google Plus, during the summer of 2011, tens of millions of people clamoured to sign up for an account. But within months, critics had panned the new service, pointing to user pages bereft of meaningful content and exchanges. They said the new social…

Watch: Disputed Venezuelan election leads to bloody brawl between lawmakers

Political tensions over Venezuela’s disputed presidential election boiled over in the National Assembly as government and opposition lawmakers clashed. “I’m not the only one who has been beaten. They have struck several lawmakers. (Assembly speaker) Diosdado Cabello has to be held to account personally,” said opposition lawmaker Julio Borges. He…

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