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Murdoch’s News Corp makes NASDAQ trading debut on Monday

(Reuters) – News Corp and 21st Century Fox will begin trading as two separate companies on Monday, giving investors the choice of a fast-growing entertainment business and a slower-growing but prominent publishing concern. The new News Corp, which includes publishing assets, such as The Wall Street Journal and HarperCollins, and…

Ancient white man’s skull has Australians reconsidering their origins

The centuries-old skull of a white man found in Australia is raising questions about whether Captain James Cook really was the first European to land on the country’s east coast. The skull was found in northern New South Wales in late 2011, and police initially prepared themselves for a gruesome…

Pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong draws tens of thousands

By Greg Torode and Grace Li HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands braved typhoon rains on Monday to demand China live up to its promise to allow fully democratic elections in Hong Kong in 2017 amid mounting fears of increased meddling by Beijing’s Communist Party leaders. The former British…

Doctor returns Viet Cong soldier’s bone 40 years after amputation

An American doctor said Monday he had returned the carefully-preserved arm bone of a Viet Cong soldier to its owner more than forty years after he amputated it during the Vietnam War. The arm — from which US medics removed the flesh and which was wired together after the 1966…

Kerry downplays new reports of NSA spying on allies

By Lesley Wroughton BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (Reuters) – Nearly all national governments, not just the United States, use “lots of activities” to safeguard their interests and security, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, responding for the first time to allegations that Washington spied on the European…

Protesters in Egypt attack ruling party’s headquarters after deadly clashes

By Asma Alsharif CAIRO (Reuters) – The headquarters of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood was overrun by youths who ransacked the building after those inside were evacuated on Monday following a night of violence that killed eight people. By far the bloodiest incident of Sunday’s mammoth and mostly peaceful protests against…

Germany blasts U.S. for spying on officials ‘like a Cold War enemy’

Transatlantic relations plunged at the weekend as Berlin, Brussels and Paris all demanded that Washington account promptly and fully for new disclosures on the scale of the US National Security Agency’s spying on its European allies. As further details emerged of the huge reach of US electronic snooping on Europe, Berlin accused Washington…

Supreme Court shoots down last-ditch effort to stop same sex marriage in California

The US Supreme Court has rejected an emergency bid to reinstate California’s ban on same-sex marriage, The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of the lawyers for the gay couples who sued to lift the ban, said he had received word that the justice tasked with…

Obama urges Africa’s leaders to ‘serve their people’

US President Barack Obama warned Sunday that Africa could only fulfil its rising potential with leaders who strive to improve the lives of their people, decrying “thugs and warlords” who hold back the promise of the continent. In a strident call for democratic change and good governance, Obama used the…

Gulf states, EU agree to push Syria peace talks

The Gulf Arab nations and the European Union pledged Sunday to pool their efforts to help convene a peace conference on Syria, as they wrapped up a one-day ministerial meeting in Bahrain. The gathering attended by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf…

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