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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…

Al-Qaeda in Yemen: Boston-like bombs are within ‘everyone’s reach’

Al-Qaeda’s military chief in Yemen warned Americans in an audio message posted online Sunday that the Boston bombings revealed a fragile security as he urged Muslims to defend their religion. Qassim al-Rimi, the military chief of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, said making bombs such as the ones used in…

Hedge fund billionaire suggests breaking up tech giant Sony

A proposal by a US hedge fund billionaire to spin off a chunk of Sony’s profitable music and movie business is shining a light again on what has been a long-time sore spot for the Japanese giant: electronics. The once-iconic maker of the Walkman is rarely seen as anything but…

Apple denies ebook price ‘conspiracy’ as publishers settle claims

Apple goes on the defensive Monday with the start of a trial in which US officials allege the company was the “ringmaster” of a conspiracy to raise prices of electronic books. In the trial set to open in US District Court in New York, the technology icon is going solo…

Actor Michael Douglas: Oral sex gave me throat cancer

By Catherine Shoard Michael Douglas – the star of Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction – has revealed that his throat cancer was apparently caused by performing oral sex. In a surprisingly frank interview with the Guardian, the actor, now winning plaudits in the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, explained the background to a…

Iran claims Israeli ‘terror network’ broken up ahead of presidential election

Iran has dismantled a “terror network” backed by Israel’s Mossad intelligence services which planned to disrupt the upcoming presidential election in the Islamic republic, the state broadcaster said on Sunday. “The intelligence ministry has identified and arrested the members of this terror network, and confiscated their weapons,” IRIB said on…

China, India and Pakistan beefing up nuclear arsenals

Three of the world’s nuclear powers — China, India and Pakistan — have increased their arsenals over the past year, while the other five have cut their strength or kept it stable, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said Monday. China now has 250 nuclear warheads against 240 in 2012,…

New drug extends the lives of cervical cancer patients

A new cervical cancer drug offers the first good hope of extending life for women with advanced stages of the disease, according to a study published Sunday. Existing chemotherapy regimes are largely ineffective against advanced stages of cervical cancer, which kills 250,000 women worldwide every year. That’s why early screening…

Simple vinegar test can prevent cervical cancer deaths: study

A simple vinegar test could prevent 73,000 deaths from cervical cancer worldwide each year, the authors of a large-scale study of women in India said Sunday. Wealthy countries have managed to reduce cervical cancer deaths by 80 percent thanks to the widespread use of regular Pap smears. But cervical cancer…

Iran’s eight presidential hopefuls united in pursuing ‘peaceful atomic ambitions’

The eight candidates standing for president this month may differ on several issues, but when it comes to Iran’s nuclear drive they are united in pursuing what they see as its peaceful atomic ambitions. Whoever is elected president on June 14 to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Islamic republic is unlikely…

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