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A life spent in the wettest place on earth

Deep in India’s northeast, villagers use grass to sound-proof their huts from deafening rain, clouds are a familiar sight inside homes and a suitably rusted sign tells visitors they are in the “wettest place on earth”. Oddly enough, lifelong residents of Mawsynram, a small cluster of hamlets in Meghalaya state…

Cuba looks to medical tourism to entice international visitors

Football legend Diego Maradona blazed a path for Cuba to become a medical tourism destination when he traveled to the island for drug addiction treatment in 2000. Since then, thousands of other famous and not-so-famous faces have traveled here for help, and the government wants to build on that success.…

Taiwanese Apple contractor probes claims of labor abuse

A Taiwanese company which assembles some Apple devices said Tuesday it is investigating claims of labour abuses by a US rights group. New York-based China Labor Watch said in a report that Pegatron Corp was guilty of safety and environmental violations, and living conditions for workers at its factories in…

European envoy meets with Egyptian ex-president Morsi

By Maggie Fick and Matthew Robinson CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s rulers allowed an EU envoy to meet deposed President Mohamed Mursi, the first time an outsider was given access to him since the army overthrew him and jailed him a month ago, and she said she found him in good…

Thousands attend funeral for 38 Italian train crash victims

Thousands attended a funeral Tuesday for the 38 victims of a coach crash in Italy as the country mourned the dead in one of Europe’s worst road accidents. Flags flew at half-mast and shops stayed shut on a national day of mourning as investigators probed why the coach plunged off…

Obama to propose ‘grand bargain’ on infrastructure and corporate taxes

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will propose a “grand bargain for middle-class jobs” on Tuesday that would cut the U.S. corporate tax rate and use billions in revenues generated by a business tax overhaul to fund projects aimed at creating jobs. His goal, to be outlined…

Time Warner Cable pulls back from CBS blackout for now

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine (Reuters) – Time Warner Cable agreed on Tuesday to keep the CBS network on the air in New York and other cities after initially announcing a blackout when the two sides failed to reach an agreement on fees. Negotiations between CBS and Time…

Why is Latin making a comeback?

POPE BENEDICT XVI was a Latin lover. In January, not long before stepping down, he launched a Latin language Twitter account that has since attracted more than 130,000 followers. People have used it to follow the visit to Brazil of the new pope, Francis…  …

North Carolina governor signs controversial anti-abortion law

By Karen Brooks (Reuters) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law on Monday new requirements for clinics performing abortions that supporters say will protect women’s safety and opponents say will restrict access to the procedure. The new law places sweeping new restrictions on abortion clinics, including a requirement…

Woman arrested for defacing Washington’s National Cathedral

By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A woman was arrested for allegedly dumping green paint on portions of the National Cathedral on Monday, while police continued to investigate similar acts of vandalism at other monuments in Washington, D.C. The Episcopal Church cathedral was locked down after the paint was found…

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