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New version of darts game sweeps Asia by storm

Picture your stereotypical darts player. Middle-aged and overweight, with a gut spilling over a waistband, cultivated through years of swilling beer during tense matches. But a radical transformation is taking place and the game that was once the preserve of grown-ups in dimly lit pubs has been reborn in the…

Chinese state media: Extraditing Snowden to the U.S. would be ‘betrayal’

A state-backed Chinese newspaper said extraditing former spy Edward Snowden to the United States would be a “betrayal” of his trust and a “face-losing outcome” for Beijing. The comments are among the strongest to be put forward by domestic media against extraditing Snowden, a former National Security Agency subcontractor who…

Car crash leaves Australian woman speaking with French accent

An Australian woman who now speaks with a French-sounding accent after a head injury eight years ago has revealed the experience has left her feeling frustrated and reclusive. Leanne Rowe, born and raised on the southern Australian island of Tasmania, was in a serious car crash which left her with…

Netanyahu cautions: Don’t expect major changes in Iran

Israel's Netanyahu cautions against seeing big change in Iran (via The Christian Science Monitor) For years, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad spooked Israelis with talk of wiping the Jewish state off the map. But the victory of Hassan Rohani, known as a moderate, could pose an even bigger challenge for Israel,…

Showdown looming for Greek PM Samaras on Monday

A looming political crisis in Greece over the shock shutdown of state broadcaster ERT comes to a head on Monday, with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras meeting his coalition allies to see if the government can survive. Samaras, a conservative, has called a meeting for 1630 GMT with the leaders of…

Scientists attempt to revive extinct Galapagos tortoise species

Scientists will try to revive two species of giant Galapagos tortoises thought to have been extinct by breeding genetic relatives in captivity, experts leading the effort said. The Galapagos Islands, located 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) off Ecuador’s Pacific coast, are famed for the large number of species that have developed…

Japan and China engaged in diplomatic buffet race

Belt-tightening in Japan’s diplomatic service is cutting the quality of canapes on offer abroad, the foreign ministry has said, leading to fears Tokyo is losing the battle of the buffets to Beijing. Diplomats in Tokyo say China appears to be ramping up its spending on its missions while Japanese diplomats…

Apple releases figures on government data requests

U.S. tech giant Apple revealed on Monday it received between 4,000 and 5,000 data requests in six months from US authorities, days after Facebook and Microsoft released similar information. Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and several other top Internet and technology companies have come under heightened scrutiny since word leaked of a…

Rio police tear gas thousands at protest demanding health care and education

Police deployed tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse around 3,000 protestors from outside Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium ahead of the Confederations Cup match between Italy and Mexico on Sunday. The demonstrators were attempting to enter the stadium in protest at the vast sums of money spent on the…

Seven immigrants die attempting to cross sea clinging to fishing cage

AFP – Seven immigrants drowned on Sunday during an attempted crossing to Italy by gripping on to a large tuna fishing cage towed by a trawler, according to witnesses from among the 95 people rescued by the coast guard. Italy’s coast guard rescued the migrants off the shores of Sicily…

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