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Murder trial set to begin for ‘Canadian Psycho’

The epilogue of the most significant Canadian crime story in years begins Monday in Montreal with the trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta, accused of slaying and dismembering a Chinese student. The case made international headlines after the murder and lewd acts involving the victim’s corpse were filmed by the killer…

Rivals trade barbs as race to succeed Hugo Chavez starts

Venezuela entered a bitter election race to succeed Hugo Chavez, with his chosen successor branding his challenger a “fascist” after the opposition candidate accused him of lying about the late leader’s death. Henrique Capriles accepted the nomination of the main opposition coalition for the April 14 election, immediately launching a…

Ex-Sony CEO Howard Stringer announces retirement

Howard Stringer, the first foreigner to lead Japanese electronics giant Sony during some of its most challenging times, has announced he will retire from the struggling firm. The Welsh-born American stepped down as chief executive in February last year to become the non-executive chairman, a job title that often precedes…

Water contamination suspected as more than 1,000 pig corpses float down China’s Shanghai river

More than 1,000 dead pigs have been found floating in Shanghai’s main waterway, the Chinese city’s government said Monday, as residents expressed fears over possible drinking water contamination. Workers in the southwestern district of Songjiang fished more than 1,200 dead swine out of the Huangpu river, which goes on to…

Facebook COO Cheryl Sandberg inspires women to ‘lean in’ to succeed

Powerful Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg is out to make herself less of an anomaly as she launches a campaign to inspire women to pursue their passions at work and at home. The 43-year-old mom and Facebook chief operating officer on Monday releases “Lean In,” in which she weaves stories from…

New female-friendly dating app promises to be better ‘mousetrap’

Not long after her husband left her “to live in a van down by the river” in Idaho, as she puts it, Elissa Shevinsky thought it was high time for a better mouse trap. Or rather, a better dating website. The thirty-something app developer who divides her time between New…

Croatian car buff invents ‘eco-conscious’ car for the rich

A Croatian car buff has briefly set aside his day job of building demining and firefighting robots to satisfy his childhood dream of making a high-end electric auto he hopes will be a global hit with eco-conscious customers. The first model, a pinkish violet three-seater with gullwing doors, proudly dominates…

Iran helping U.S. search for missing ex-FBI agent

Iran on Sunday repeated its offer to help the United States in finding an ex-FBI agent who went missing while on a trip to the Islamic republic to probe cigarette counterfeiting in the region. On Friday the United States, arch-foe of Iran, asked again for Tehran’s help in finding Robert…

Top French cardinal says not to put all the blame on Church for sex abuse

Putting the blame for paedophilia on the Roman Catholic Church is a way of avoiding the issue, a top French cardinal says. “There is a kind of opinion that is an easy way of ridding (society) of the issue of paedophilia by putting it on the Church,” Andre Vingt-Trois, the…

Airbnb founder touts being ‘homeless’ as product testing

On any given night, up to 60,000 people stay in places they found on Airbnb. One of them is always the guy who co-founded the fast-growing online travel lodging service. “In June 2010, I moved out of my apartment and I have been mostly homeless ever since, off and on,”…

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