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Two rare Malayan sun bears found in abandoned Cambodian garment factory

Two rare Malayan sun bears have been rescued in Cambodia after being discovered in an abandoned garment factory, a zoo official said Friday. The male and female bears were rescued by officials from the Phnom Tamao Zoo and the Wildlife Alliance, who found them in the factory in southern Kandal…

China to expand pre-broadcast censorship to cover TV documentaries

China’s top media regulator will expand pre-broadcast censorship to cover television documentaries, in an apparent boost to an already formidable control apparatus, a newspaper said on Friday. China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) told TV stations and producers that all documentaries would have to be approved in…

Eurozone ‘facing recession right through 2013′

The eurozone faces another full year of recession in 2013 with economic output set to shrink by 0.3 percent after a 0.6-percent contraction last year, the European Commission said on Friday. The winter economic forecast said there would not be a return to growth for the debt-laden 17-state monetary union…

China holds general’s son for gang rape

China has detained the 17-year-old son of a general on suspicion of involvement in a gang rape, reports said Friday, the latest allegation against the privileged children of officials to spark public outrage. Li Tianyi, the son of general Li Shuangjiang — a popular singer and household name in the…

Locksmiths and firemen refuse to aid evictions in Spain

Locksmiths and firemen in Spain are rebelling against a wave of evictions in the economic crisis by refusing to help bailiffs open ruined homeowners’ doors to throw them out. “Families’ lives were being ruined and we were acting as executioners,” David Ormaechea, president of the Locksmiths Union, told AFP. “It…

Australia gambles on move to tackle slot machine addicts

It’s just after morning opening at Sydney’s Randwick Labor Club and already a few regulars are at the slot machines, or “pokies” as they are better known, for a quiet flutter. Electronic poker machines are the most popular form of betting in Australia, but concerns about problem gamblers have prompted…

Guatemala checking whether Mexico drug lord was killed in clash

Guatemalan authorities are investigating whether Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was killed in an armed clash near the Mexican border, the interior minister said. “The first information we have is that it could be him,” Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez told local radio, without giving details about who…

Pistorius bail hearing enters final day

“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, facing trial for having shot dead his girlfriend, hopes to secure bail Friday as prosecutors struggled to regain lost ground after the replacement of the lead officer in the investigation. South Africa’s police commissioner Riah Phiyega announced that lead officer Hilton Botha was being replaced after…

Chavez’s breathing problem persists: minister

Venezuela’s cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez is still suffering from respiratory problems, and the evolution of that condition “has not been favorable,” the information minister said. Chavez, who returned home early Monday after a fourth cancer surgery and more than two months of convalescence in Cuba, will receive more treatment for…

Activists press for additional $25 billion in fines against BP over Gulf oil spill

BP should be on the hook for an additional $25bn to restore environmental damage from the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, even if the company is hit with a record-breaking $17.6bn in fines at a civil trial next week, campaign groups said on Thursday. BP will face the largest environmental…

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