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Japan proposes pollution meeting with China

The foreign ministry in Tokyo on Friday proposed a meeting with Chinese officials about the choking smog over Beijing that is now being seen in Japan. The ministry told China “the Japanese government is concerned and is closely monitoring the recent serious air pollution in China” as it may affect…

Graffiti tours turn London into open-air museum

Far from London’s beaten tourist track, a group of visitors is staring keenly at the graffiti-covered gates to an abandoned construction site. Their guide, Karim Samuels, points out the black-and-white images of two young faces, and behind them, a piece of street art by Britain’s most famous and enigmatic street…

Economists: China needs full-scale reform to address inequality

China’s stated aim to narrow the income gulf between its sports-car driving elite and vast numbers who still live in poverty will need radical political and economic changes to work, say economists. Long-delayed “proposals on the distribution of income” were announced this week ahead of Sunday’s Lunar New Year, as…

Nobel poet Neruda remains ordered exhumed to investigate possible murder

A Chilean judge has ordered the remains of famed poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda exhumed as part of an investigation into his death, the foundation that manages his literary legacy said Friday. The leftist poet, who died 12 days after the 1973 coup that ousted President Salvador Allende, was…

Moody’s says it knows of no ‘impending’ lawsuit after DOJ sued S&P over rating

Credit-ratings company Moody’s doesn’t believe it is the subject of any “impending” US lawsuit over its ratings of mortgage bonds ahead of the 2008 crisis, the company’s chief executive said Friday. Moody’s chief executive Ray McDaniel characterized recent interactions with regulators as routine, after repeated questions from analysts on an…

Hillary Clinton is the most popular political figure in America right now

She may be fresh out of a job, but Hillary Clinton is currently the most popular political figure in America, well ahead of President Barack Obama, who is slipping, a poll published Friday found. Clinton, who stepped down last month as Obama’s secretary of state, enjoys a 61 percent favorability…

DOJ settles with final publisher in Apple e-book price fixing case

US authorities said Friday they reached a settlement with Macmillan, the last of five publishing firms accused of colluding with Apple in an e-book price-fixing conspiracy. The Justice Department said in a statement that with the five publishers having settled, the case will proceed against Apple, and that a trial…

Russian court cancels two formal reprimands against jailed Pussy Riot member

A Russian court ordered the cancellation Friday of two formal reprimands against a jailed Pussy Riot member, in a move her supporters hailed as a rare victory for the embattled punk band. Maria Alyokhina, who is serving a two-year sentence in a prison camp over a protest against President Vladimir…

Criminal investigation launched into Bush email hacking

A criminal inquiry was launched Friday into how a hacker appeared to breach email accounts belonging to former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as other members of their family. “There’s a criminal investigation under way,” Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the elder ex-president Bush, who…

AOL shows signs of revival with gains in advertising

AOL is showing signs of revival with gains in advertising, a key toward the reinvention of the former Internet star as a media firm. AOL said Friday profits in the fourth quarter jumped 57 percent from a year earlier to $35.7 million, led by a rise in ad revenues. Total…

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