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Senior Chinese official resigns after jilted lover publishes online screed

A senior Chinese official has lost his job, state media said on Thursday, after a jilted lover detailed their alleged affair in an online essay topping 100,000 written characters. The downfall of Yi Junqing, who had a rank equivalent to vice minister, comes as the ruling Communist Party’s new leaders…

European politicians pledge to attack airlines for carry-on baggage fees

Too big, too heavy, too many — European travellers are being taken for a ride by airlines charging what they like for carry-on baggage and the EU should standardise the rules, MEPs said Thursday. “We must protect consumers from the abusive commercial practices that airlines use to generate extra income,”…

Chief suspect in Putin murder plot withdraws confession

The chief suspect being tried in Ukraine over an alleged plot to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin has withdrawn his confession, claiming he was tortured, a news report said on Thursday. Days before last year’s presidential elections, Russian state television disclosed an alleged plan to bomb Putin’s motorcade, airing a…

Hurricane victims left homeless claim Red Cross has abandoned them

Two dozen victims of Hurricane Sandy are protesting in New York after the Red Cross cut off aid to them, reported WPIX New York. The protestors represent about 120 families. Initially, the nonprofit offered victims left homeless a weekly $100 stipend, as well as providing shelter in hotels. But now,…

Fecal transplant more effective than antibiotics for bacterial infection: study

While many people might be more comfortable taking pills to fight off a dangerous infection, it turns out that there may be a more effective treatment: excrement. A new study found that fecal transplants can be a dramatically more effective course of treatment than antibiotics in the case of at…

JP Morgan slashes CEO Dimon’s bonus in half after trading fiasco

Dimon’s total package cut from $23m to $11.5m but internal report into massive losses reserves harshest criticism for Ina Drew JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon had his bonus cut in half but has escaped harsh criticism from the bank’s internal reports into its multi-billion dollar London trading fiasco. As the…

Colbert: Praise banks since ‘they have not destroyed the world economy in four years’

On the Colbert Report on Wednesday night, the host discussed the recent HSBC banking scandal but took aim not at banks, but at “the people who are angry at our banks.” “And I’m not the only one who feels this way,” he said, going on to show clips of business…

600 cats stuffed in wooden crates saved from cooking pot after truck crash in China

BEIJING — Around 600 cats stuffed into wooden crates and destined for dinner plates in southern China were rescued by animal protection volunteers after a truck crash, a volunteer said on Thursday. Volunteers hauled the felines from the lorry on Monday after the accident in the central city of Changsha,…

Several killed as Algerian troops strike gas complex hostage site

Algerian troops launched strikes on Thursday on a desert gas plant where radical Islamists are holding dozens of foreigners hostage, killing several people, kidnappers said. The Islamists were trying to “ferry some hostages in vehicles to a safer place” when Algerian forces launched air strikes “killing both the hostages and …

Notorious Russian mafia boss killed by sniper

Notorious Russian criminal boss Aslan Usoyan, known as Grandpa Hassan, was shot by a sniper in central Moscow from a sixth-floor stairwell in a neighbouring building, investigators said Thursday. Investigators were piecing together the dramatic last moments of Usoyan before he was gunned down on Wednesday, as a bystander caught…

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