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Researchers argue Britain now has seven distinct classes –including ‘new affluent workers’ and ‘precariats’

A new survey of 166,000 Britons found that instead of the three traditional classes – upper, middle, and working – that are prominent in shows like ‘Downton Abbey,’ shown at left, now there are seven distinct strata.(PBS/AP) Britain’s infamous class system has become…  …

British police treat attacks on goths as ‘hate crimes’

A British police force on Thursday began recording attacks on goths and punks as “hate crimes” similar to those suffered by people targeted because of their race, religion or sexual orientation. Police in Manchester, northwest England, said the new policy would allow them to better protect goths, easily identified on…

Chechnya president: Skyscraper fire ‘God’s will’

Chechnya strongman Ramzan Kadyrov sought to play down a massive fire that raged at a showcase complex symbolising the mainly Muslim Russian region’s recovery from war, putting the incident down to God’s will. The fire took place at a complex of seven skyscrapers in the centre of Grozny where Kremlin…

China reports tenth case of H7N9 bird flu

Chinese authorities on Thursday reported a man in the eastern province of Zhejiang has been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, the tenth human case of the disease which has claimed three lives. The 64-year-old from Huzhou city was admitted to hospital on March 31 after being ill…

NATO air strike kills Afghan police and civilians

A NATO air strike killed four Afghan police and two civilians on Thursday, Afghan officials said. A spokesman for the US-led NATO force in Kabul told AFP that the military was checking the information. The attack happened after Taliban insurgents attacked a local police post in eastern Ghazni province before…

U.S. data point to soft March jobs report

Disappointing economic data raised concerns that Friday’s labor report will come in worse than expected, despite the Federal Reserve’s supersized stimulus. Private sector hiring cooled in March as the federal government launched $85 billion in “sequester” spending cuts over the next seven months in the face of congressional budget gridlock.…

Celtics beat Pistons to seal playoff berth

Jeff Green’s game-high 34 points included a key three-pointer that helped Boston hold on for a 98-93 victory over Detroit Pistons that secured the Celtics’ NBA playoff berth. Green made 13-of-19 shots from the field, including three three-pointers. The victory, coupled with the Philadelphia 76ers’ 88-83 loss to Charlotte, ensured…

Argentina in mourning as floods kill 54

Argentina’s government declared three days of national mourning from Wednesday after massive flooding killed 54 people in Buenos Aires and the nearby university city of La Plata. At least 46 people died as flood waters hit La Plata about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of the capital, following historic rains…

U.S. boosts missile defense after North Korea warns of nuclear strike

The United States has scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defences, preparing to send ground-based interceptors to Guam, as North Korea said Thursday it had authorised plans for nuclear strikes on US targets. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Pyongyang’s increasingly bellicose threats combined with its military capabilities represented a…

Think tank: North Korea has already restarted plutonium reactor

North Korea has already begun work to restart a plutonium production reactor in a sign that its confrontational rhetoric may not all be bluster, a US think tank said Wednesday. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said that a satellite photograph seen on March 27 indicated construction at the…

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