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Eurozone unemployment hits record 12% in February with 19 million ‘on the dole’

Eurozone unemployment ran at a record 12 percent in February, with more than 19 million people on the dole as the debt crisis continued to sap the economy, official data showed Tuesday. The Eurostat data agency said unemployment in the 17-nation eurozone at 12 percent was unchanged from January when…

Apple apologizes to Chinese consumers after state-run media expresses outrage over ‘arrogance’ and poor customer service

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has apologised to Chinese consumers after the US technology giant was subjected to a barrage of criticism in state-run media over alleged “arrogance” and double standards. China is Apple’s second-biggest market, and its iPhones and other products — many of them made in the country…

Japan enthusiastically welcomes Caroline Kennedy as ‘mooted’ U.S. envoy

The mooted appointment of the daughter of assassinated US president John F. Kennedy to the high-profile post of ambassador to Japan, was greeted enthusiastically in Japan on Tuesday. Caroline Kennedy, 55, who was an early supporter of Obama’s 2008 primary campaign before he took on and beat Hillary Clinton’s Democratic…

Veteran leader Khaled Meshaal re-elected as head of Hamas

Veteran Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal was elected for a new term as head of the Palestinian Islamist movement, a party official said on Monday. There had been speculation that Meshaal, who is based in exile, would be forced aside by the movement’s powerful leaders in the Gaza Strip, which it…

Prosecutor launches new investigation against Egypt’s ‘Jon Stewart’ Bassem Youssef for ‘threatening public security’

Egypt’s prosecutor is investigating complaints of “threatening public security” against popular satirist Bassem Youssef, who is out on bail facing accusations of insulting President Mohamed Morsi and Islam. Judicial sources and Youssef himself said the public prosecutor ordered the investigation on Monday. “A new complaint against me has been referred…

Rupert Murdoch blasts Australian government over ‘disgraceful and racist’ language

Global media baron Rupert Murdoch accused the government of his native Australia of “disgraceful and racist” language over a crackdown on visas for skilled migrants. The Australian-born News Corporation chief condemned the centre-left Labor government’s rhetoric about the tightening of the 457-class skilled visa programme amid claims of abuse by…

North Korea to restart nuclear reactor to fuel arms program

North Korea said Tuesday it would restart a nuclear reactor to feed its atomic weapons programme, in its clearest rebuff yet to UN sanctions at the heart of soaring tensions on the Korean peninsula. The announcement was the latest in a series of aggressive statements by Pyongyang that have prompted…

Martin Scorsese appeals for ‘visual literacy’: Not all images should be ‘consumed like fast food’

Film director Martin Scorsese urged Americans to pay greater heed to “visual literacy” and to embrace their rich cinema heritage before it literally fades away. Scorsese appealed for a greater national commitment to film restoration and preservation when he delivered the annual Jefferson humanities lecture at the John F. Kennedy…

Traffic police herd Kathmandu’s holy cows

Police in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu have launched a campaign to round up cows roaming the streets, blaming the sacred animals for car accidents and traffic jams. “The stray cows and oxen have been a big nuisance in Kathmandu streets. They not only cause accidents, but also make the streets untidy,”…

A ‘like’ for linguistics: Can social media save Mexico’s unwritten languages?

A sign with Facebook’s ‘Like’ logo is posted at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Many indigenous languages alive in Mexico today don’t have any formal written system, but a growing number of young people, computer savvy and sometimes far from home, want to Facebook…  …

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