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Worldwide unemployment hits new high: report

Five years after the global financial crisis hit, unemployment numbers continue to soar, with a record 202 million people worldwide expected to be officially jobless this year, the International Labour Organization said Tuesday. Last year saw a clear resurgence of the crisis, the UN’s labour body said in its annual…

Library of Congress to archive Americans’ tweets

The Library of Congress, repository of the world’s largest collection of books, has set for itself the enormous task of archiving something less weighty and far more ephemeral — Americans’ billions of tweets. The venerable US institution is assembling all of the 400 million tweets sent by Americans each day,…

Republicans want debt ceiling suspended until May

House Republicans introduced legislation Monday that would temporarily suspend the US debt ceiling until May 19, and postpone high-stakes negotiations over the country’s borrowing authority. The party leadership which controls bill movement in the House had announced earlier that it would vote this week on the measure, allowing for a…

Obese people more likely to die in car accidents: report

Obese people face a much higher risk — of up to 80 percent — of dying in a car collision compared with people of normal weight, researchers reported Monday in a specialist journal. The cause could be that safety in cars is engineered for people of normal weight, not for…

Obama: Failure to address climate change ‘would betray our children’

US President Barack Obama vowed to make climate change a priority as he was sworn in Monday to a second term, using some of his most forceful language yet despite uncertain political prospects. In an inaugural address that kept largely to lofty but general prose, Obama zeroed in on the…

Second time even sweeter, Obama fans say

Forget about deja vu or old hat as Barack Obama, America’s first black president, was sworn in again. For some in the sea of humanity watching, cheering and shivering, the repeat was even sweeter. Yes, the crowd was smaller and the number of inaugural celebratory balls was slashed. Obama will…

Film director Michael Winner dies at 77

British film director Michael Winner, who made the violent thriller “Death Wish” and become a restaurant critic in later life, has died at the age of 77, his wife said on Monday. Winner had been ill for some time and after a spell in hospital last year died at his…

ICC lawyers slam Libya over Kadhafi son’s ‘Kafka-esque’ trial

Lawyers defending Moamer Kadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam at the International Criminal Court on Monday accused Libyan authorities of conducting a “Kafka-esque show trial” after he appeared in a court in his homeland for the first time last week. The latest broadside in the legal tug-of-war between The Hague-based ICC and…

U.S. confirms three citizens killed in Algeria hostage drama

The United States confirmed Monday that three of its citizens were among the foreign workers who died last week in an attack by Islamist hostage-takers on an Algerian gas plant. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said seven more Americans survived the drama at the In Amenas site, and identified those…

Republicans prepare for battle as Obama celebrates second inauguration

Republicans sat politely and applauded as President Barack Obama called for unity Monday in his inaugural address, but some made no secret his second term would be a “tug of war” between liberals and conservatives. Republican stalwarts like John McCain and Orrin Hatch — the latter wearing a broad-brimmed cowboy…

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