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Iran plans to remake ‘Argo’ to counter the ‘distorted’ film

Iran is to make its own movie about the American hostage drama during the 1979 Islamic revolution to counter the “distorted” film “Argo” by Ben Affleck, which swept the Golden Globes awards, media said Tuesday. Iranian actor and filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian was quoted in the reports as saying the screenplay…

Attempted suicide of raped Moroccan highlights plight of victims

A young Moroccan house maid, whose dramatic suicide attempt has revived concerns about violence towards women and child workers in Morocco, said on Tuesday that her family rejected her after she was raped. The 19-year-old women, who leapt from the fourth floor of an apartment building in Casablanca where she…

Lindsay Lohan pleads not guilty in latest court fight

The troubled American actress Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three misdemeanor charges stemming from an auto accident in a case that could send her to prison. Lohan did not attend the hearing in Santa Monica, west of Los Angeles, and did not have to do so. The judge…

NRA triggers furor with its shooting-range app

The National Rifle Association, which blames video games in part for mass shootings, triggered controversy Tuesday after coming out with its own game for iPhones and iPads. “NRA: Practice Range,” released Sunday, is billed as “the NRA’s new mobile nerve center” with access to information about gun safety, legislation and…

Facebook unveils new graph search feature

Facebook on Tuesday ramped up its search capabilities at the world’s leading social network in a budding challenge to Google, LinkedIn, Yelp and other Internet firms. The “graph search” feature launched in a test version allows Facebook members to delve into the vast amount of information on Facebook, which is…

Second cholera outbreak affects 51 in Cuba

A new cholera outbreak has sickened 51 people in Havana, Cuba’s second in four months after a 130-year stretch without the disease, the Health Ministry said Tuesday. One man has died, his family said. The latest outbreak was from the same cholera strain found to have been introduced in Haiti…

Former USGS scientist: Coastal cities are ‘sitting ducks’ for next big storm

Marcia McNutt, who resigned as director of the US Geological Survey, says Hurricane Sandy has left communities exposed Cities on the United States east coast are “sitting ducks” for the next big storm because of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, one of Barack Obama’s top scientists warned on Tuesday.…

Watchdog: U.S. postal service in desperate need of rescue from Congress

Inspector general David Williams says cash-strapped service, saddled with debt and low revenues, is in ‘very serious trouble’ The chief postal watchdog has warned that the troubled US Postal Service will go out of business this year unless Congress acts to rescue it. David Williams, the inspector general of the…

Study: Companies from emerging markets will shape global economy in next decade

Top companies from emerging markets are riding the rapid growth of their regions and will shape the global economy over the next decade, a study said on Tuesday. The top 100 fast-globalising companies from rapidly developing economies are outpacing their rivals from developed economies in terms of expansion, job creation…

Kenyan officials impound 600 pieces of ivory

Officials in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa have impounded more than 600 pieces of ivory, weighing two tonnes, officials told AFP Tuesday. “They were labelled as decorating stones and were headed to Indonesia from Tanzania,” a police source based at the port told AFP on condition of anonymity.…

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