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Snake on a plane grounds Qantas flight

A tiny snake as slender as a pen forced the grounding of a Japan-bound Qantas flight in the Australian city of Sydney overnight, stranding hundreds of passengers. The non-venomous reptile, about eight inches (20 centimetres) long, was found near the doorway of a Boeing 747-400 bound for Tokyo on Sunday…

Factories ablaze as Bangladesh garment workers protest

Angry Bangladeshi garment workers blocked roads, set factories alight and clashed with police for a third day on Monday as protests demanding a minimum monthly wage of $100 spread outside the capital Dhaka. Abdul Baten, police chief of the Gazipur industrial district near Dhaka which is home to hundreds of…

New HIV infections plummet since 2001

New HIV infections have plummeted by a third overall since 2001 and more than halved among children, the United Nations said on Monday. Globally, 2.3 million people contracted the AIDS virus last year — down 33 percent from 2001, while 260,000 children became infected — over a third fewer than…

Red Cross: 69 dead, 63 missing in Nairobi shopping mall massacre

At least 69 people are confirmed to have been killed and 63 more recorded missing in an ongoing Nairobi shopping mall siege, Kenya Red Cross said Monday. The 63 recorded missing are thought to include both hostages still being held by Islamist militants fighting Kenyan troops inside the complex, as…

S. Korea urges N. Korea to reconsider delay of family reunions

South Korea urged North Korea to review its decision to postpone a reunion for families separated by the Korean War, saying it had “deeply wounded” those chosen to participate. Hundreds of divided family members from both Koreas were scheduled to meet at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort from Wednesday in…

Hillary Clinton ‘wrestles’ with decision to run for president

In her first major interview since leaving the Obama administration eight months ago, the former secretary of state told New York Magazine she was considering a bid but that it was not a decision that “has to be made soon”. “I do” Clinton said, when asked if she “wrestles with…

Syrian rebels kill Al-Qaeda affiliate chief: NGO

AFP – A local leader of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was killed in clashes with other rebels in the Syrian province of Idlib on Sunday, a monitoring group said. Abu Abdullah al-Libi, a local chief of the group, was killed along with 12 other fighters…

iPhone 5S fingerprint reader manages to remain secure … for almost three days

Germany’s Chaos Computer Club says it has cracked the protection around Apple’s fingerprint sensor on its new iPhone 5S, just two days after the device went on sale worldwide. In a post on their site, the group says that their biometric hacking team took a fingerprint of the user, photographed…

Merkel, party win stunning parliamentary election victory in Germany

A stunning election triumph has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the apex of her power, humiliated foes and old allies alike, and rung in what one newspaper dubbed “the era of Merkelism”. The strongest conservative poll result in two decades was a thundering popular endorsement for the leader who…

Obama speaking at Navy Yard shooting memorial: ‘Our tears are not enough … We are going to have to change’

President Obama said that change to America’s gun laws must come from public demand, because the political process alone isn’t sufficient, speaking Sunday during a memorial service in Washington, D.C. “Our tears are not enough,” Obama said. “Our words are not enough. We are going to have to change.” Part…

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