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Twitter account of Venezuela’s acting president hacked

The Twitter accounts of Venezuela’s acting president Nicolas Maduro and the ruling socialist party were hacked as the country went to the polls to pick a new president, officials said. Maduro campaign chief Jorge Rodriguez said the accounts @NicolasMaduro, @PartidoPSUV and @tmaniglia — all belonging to the president’s office’s press…

Canada’s Liberals pick Pierre Trudeau’s son Justin as leader

Canada’s beleaguered Liberal Party on Sunday chose Justin Trudeau, eldest son of late prime minister Pierre Trudeau, as its new leader as it seeks to rebound from a major defeat at the polls in 2011. The 41-year-old former French teacher won by a landslide, getting 80 percent of the vote,…

Mobile banking sparks a ‘minor revolution’ in DR Congo workforce

AFP - For civil servants working in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the arrival of mobile banking has been just short of a miracle. Aside from getting paid on time, workers are now receiving what is actually owed to them, circumventing greedy superiors who used to dip into their pay envelopes…

Economists predict 8 percent growth in key Chinese economic report

AFP - China’s economic growth likely picked up slightly in the first quarter of this year, according to an AFP poll of analysts, but they say the rebound is fragile and key data unreliable. First-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) for the world’s second-largest economy is due to be announced Monday and…

Study: Global military spending dips for first time since 1998

AFP - The world spent less on weapons and military services in 2012 than the year before, the first annual drop since 1998, a Swedish think tank said on Monday. But despite the overall decrease, driven mainly by budget cuts in the Western countries, China and Russia both boosted spending last…

Jackie Robinson biopic ’42′ hits box office home run

AFP - Jackie Robinson biopic “42″ hit a home run at the North American box office in its debut weekend, easily besting its box office rivals, industry estimates showed Sunday. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman as the ground-breaking African American baseball star and Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers exec who…

‘Harlem Shake’ meme hits Japan with unusual results

AFP - Japanese exhibitionists took the Harlem Shake into a bathhouse and a centuries old shrine on Sunday as they brought the YouTube phenomenon to Tokyo. Even as the meme appeared to be all but played out elsewhere on the Internet, dozens of people came to show off their gyrating and…

Demonstrators in New York rage over US ban on French cheese mites

AFP - Around 40 protesters took to the streets of New York on Saturday to demonstrate against a US ban on mimolette that has angered lovers of the distinctive French cheese. Since March, several hundred pounds of the bright orange cheese have been held up by US customs because of a…

America’s new ‘digital public library’ brings millions of documents online

AFP - A new “digital public library” set to launch this month aims to provide an alternative to Google for those looking for American cultural information online. Visitors will be able to view, for example, letters penned by George Washington, a copy of the Declaration of Independence in the handwriting of…

World on edge as nuclear North Korea celebrates long-dead leader’s birthday

AFP - All eyes are on North Korea on Monday to see if it marks the birthday of late founder Kim Il-Sung with an expected missile launch, despite tension-reducing noises from Seoul and Washington. North Korea has a habit of linking high-profile military tests with key dates in its annual calendar.…

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