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Trade fair in Taipei expected to showcase wearable tech

Wearable computing, the next great frontier in consumer electronics, is expected to draw crowds to Taipei’s Computex trade fair this week as interest in the nascent technology surges. With rumours of an Apple smart watch around the corner and ongoing hype around Google’s pioneering Glass, all eyes will be set…

Former Taiwanese president attempts suicide in prison

Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian has tried to commit suicide in the prison where he is serving a 20-year sentence for corruption, the justice ministry said Monday. Chen attempted to hang himself with a towel in a bathroom at the jail in the central city of Taichung Sunday night, but…

Sao Paulo’s Gay Pride parade draws more than a million people

More than a million people took to Sao Paulo’s streets for a massive Gay Pride parade, aiming to end discrimination and support same-sex marriage rights in Brazil. Under rainy skies and cold that did not dampen many spirits, marchers waved banners like “Never going back in the closet” in the…

South Korean president warns North over returned refugees

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye warned North Korea on Monday that it would be held responsible for the safety of nine young asylum seekers forcibly repatriated after their capture in Laos. “What’s most important is to ensure (their) lives and safety, and that they will not receive unfair punishment,” Park…

Assange: Director of WikiLeaks film has ‘lost perspective’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has accused an acclaimed filmmaker of losing objectivity while making a documentary about the whistleblowing organisation. Assange, who is holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London, refused to cooperate with Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”. “WikiLeaks has never co-operated with…

Updated: Poultry plant fire kills 119 in China

At least 93 people were killed in a fire at a poultry processing plant in northeastern China on Monday, local officials said, in what appeared to be the country’s worst blaze for 12 years. More than 300 workers were at the Baoyuan poultry plant at Dehui in Jilin province when…

Federal Reserve studying effect of Paypal and Bitcoin on banking

The United States is studying the potential risk from online payment mechanisms like PayPal and Bitcoin, a top US Federal Reserve official told an international conference on Monday. Some bankers have expressed worries that newer players in the online marketplace could have negative implications for the financial system. “We have…

Czech ‘supermom’ gives birth to five children

A 23-year old Czech woman on Sunday gave birth to four boys and a girl in what hospital officials said was the country’s first recorded case of quintuplets. Dubbed “supermum” by local media, Alexandra Kinova was assisted by a team of around 40 specialists at the Prague-Podoli maternity hospital when…

Angelina Jolie ‘moved’ by public response to double mastectomy

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie said Sunday she had been “moved” by public support after she revealed she had had a double mastectomy to reduce her high risk of breast cancer. And she said she felt “wonderful” after the surgery. Speaking at the London premiere of husband Brad Pitt’s film “World…

Fugitive banker accuses Kazakhstan president of kidnapping

A fugitive Kazakh oligarch and dissident, who was granted political asylum in the UK before fleeing Britain to avoid a prison sentence, has accused Kazakhstan‘s president Nursultan Nazarbayev of kidnapping his wife and six-year-old child after they were deported back to central Asia from Italy last week. Mukhtar Ablyazov, 50, one of the president’s most…

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