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Red Cross halts all staff movement after Afghan attack

The International Committee of the Red Cross has halted all staff movement across Afghanistan and closed its office in Jalalabad that was hit by a suicide and gun attack. “All movements have been frozen throughout Afghanistan, there is not a single ICRC delegate or employee that is moving, taking the…

Mother of Chinese ‘toilet baby’ near mental collapse

A mother whose newborn baby was rescued from a toilet pipe in China is in hospital after nearing “mental collapse” while the alleged father has requested a DNA test, state-run media reported Friday. The mother of the child, who became lodged in the pipe after she gave birth on the…

Indian economy slows after decade of growth

India announces growth figures for its full financial year on Friday which are expected to show the once-booming South Asian economy expanded at its slowest pace in a decade in 2012/13. Low business confidence, slumping investment, high inflation and weak export demand from Western countries are blamed for the bleak…

Dissident blogger Sanchez returns to Cuba with ‘many projects’

Leading Cuban opposition blogger Yoani Sanchez returned home from a three-month, around the world tour which she used as a platform for leveling harsh criticism against Havana’s communist regime. “It was a wonderful journey — a journey that will change my life in many ways,” the dissident said of her…

Weather thwarts attempts to salvage Nazi-era plane from English Channel

Weather is hampering the delicate operation to raise the only German Dornier Do-17 bomber left after World War II from the depths of the Channel, it was reported on Friday. · Plans to build a metal frame around the wreck, which was to be used to carefully hoist it the…

Obama picks former Bush official James Comey as new FBI director

Barack Obama is preparing to name a former Bush administration who was heavily involved in some of the most controversial issues of that era, including illegal wiretapping and torture, as the new director of the FBI. But the Obama administration will emphasise that James Comey, who was deputy attorney-general under…

Google coming out with two new Android phones

Google revealed Thursday that it has two new sophisticated Android smartphones in the works, one of which will have the unprecedented distinction of being made in the United States. An HTC One smartphone customized to be “Google’s take on Android” will make its US debut on June 26 at a…

Republicans to double spending in effort to convert Latino voters

The Republicans are to double spending at state level in an effort to woo crucial Latino voters for the 2014 elections, the party announced on Thursday. Republicans have been making a big push for the votes of minority groups since defeat in November’s White House election that saw more than…

All-electric coast-to-coast: Tesla Motors to triple number of supercharger stations

The electric car maker Tesla plans to swiftly multiply its supercharger stations across the US so drivers can travel coast to coast without worrying about losing power. CEO Elon Musk said the company would triple the number of stations by June and expand again to have them in most cities…

Topless feminist protester goes on trial in Tunisia

A young Tunisian woman with the topless protest group Femen went on trial Thursday for illegal possession of pepper spray, sparking angry Salafist demonstrators to demand she face stiffer charges under Islamic law. In Tunis, three European members of the group, two French and one German, were due to appear…

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