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Apple claims top spot with 34 percent of U.S. mobile phones

Apple dethroned Samsung as the top US mobile phone vendor in the final quarter of last year, claiming a record share of 34 percent, research firm Strategy Analytics reported Friday. Apple shipped an estimated 17.7 million iPhones as “robust demand” for Internet connections on the move caused overall shipments of…

Japanese police arrest mobster over Fukushima clean-up

Japanese police have arrested a high-ranking yakuza over claims he sent workers to the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant for the clean-up without a licence. Officers in northern Yamagata prefecture were quizzing Yoshinori Arai, a 40-year-old senior member of a local yakuza group affiliated to the Sumiyoshi-kai crime syndicate, a police…

Russian satellite plunges into Pacific just after launch

A Russian rocket carrying a US telecommunications satellite plunged into the Pacific Ocean on Friday only moments after being launched from a mobile sea platform in Moscow’s latest space failure. The rocket may have veered off course from the moment of take-off because of heavy waves battering the former northern…

America dodges Super Bowl chicken wing shortage

In the run-up to Super Bowl Sunday, millions of American football fans can rest assured: there is no looming shortage of their beloved chicken wings. The National Chicken Council estimates that the nation will wolf down 1.23 billion chicken wings over Super Bowl weekend, or nearly four wings for each…

Tokyo zoo stages ‘zebra escape’

About 60 staff at a Tokyo zoo chased around a keeper dressed as a zebra on Friday in a drill to simulate one of the park’s animal inhabitants making a break for freedom. The drill saw the zookeeper tackled and mock stun-gunned by his colleagues. Visitors to the Tama Zoological…

At least two killed in bomb blast outside U.S. embassy in Turkey

Two security guards were killed and several other people were wounded in a blast outside the US embassy in Ankara on Friday, local television reported. It was not immediately known what caused the explosion but some media speculated it could have been a suicide bombing. The force of the blast…

‘Rent-a-boyfriend’ services popping up on some Chinese websites

Selling a kiss online, accompanying a stranger overnight for a fee — none of the “rent-a-boyfriend” services popping up on some Chinese websites sound at all family-friendly. Yet the budding market aims to help young singles address the most traditional of values: respecting their elders, meeting their demand to find…

Congress postpones ‘debt ceiling’ deadline

The US Congress on Thursday suspended the country’s debt ceiling until May, giving lawmakers three months for high-stakes budget negotiations and averting a potentially catastrophic default. The Senate voted 64 to 34 in favour of the bill, which had already passed in the House of Representatives last week, authorising the…

Human-caused and natural climate change are different, study shows

Are human-caused and natural global warming different? Study says yes. Human-triggered climate warming appears to leave a unique fingerprint on global rainfall rates compared with natural warming, according to a new study. While rainfall rates increase whether the long-term warming trend is natural or not, the rate of increase appears…

Kerry Senate seat now has contested Democratic primary as Stephen Lynch throws hat in ring

Kerry Senate seat now has contested primary: Stephen Lynch hat in ring Rep. Stephen Lynch, a former union ironworker with South Boston roots, announced a campaign for the US Senate Thursday, setting up a contested Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by John Kerry. Kerry, a longtime Democratic Senator,…

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