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Man-on-the-street TV anchor guides Spain through crisis

With his high-pitched voice, square spectacles and stubbly chin, Jordi Evole is not your typical dashing television presenter. That doesn’t stop three million Spaniards switching on to watch him every Sunday evening. Indeed, it’s his man-in-the-street style that makes the political journalism of his hit show “Salvados” so popular in…

Survey: Japan rejecting view that ‘Comfort Women’ were ‘necessary’

A large majority of Japanese people disagree with a high-profile politician who said women forced to provide sex during World War II were a military necessity, polls issued on Monday said. Up to 200,000 “comfort women” from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly drafted into brothels catering to…

India’s ‘new generation’ of filmmakers feted at Cannes

Unashamedly escapist, with wafer-thin plots and cheesy dialogue, all punctuated by exuberant song and dance routines, Bollywood musicals are beloved by millions despite the critics’ reservations. But India’s biggest star Amitabh Bachchan, in Cannes this week for a celebration of Indian cinema at the Riviera film fest, admitted he prefers…

Mother of Chinese rape victim becomes human rights crusader

The kidnap, rape and forced prostitution of her daughter set Tang Hui on a mission to seek justice. But it was Chinese authorities’ repeated obstructions, even detaining her, that made her a die-hard activist. For seven years she has fought against the men who violated her child, and the system…

Health organization warns: Warmer weather could impact Syrian refugees

Aid organisation Oxfam warned on Monday that the warmer weather will increase health-related risks for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, and appealed for urgent funds. With temperatures set to soar up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and as refugees continue to flee to Jordan…

Goldman Sachs to invest in Japanese green energy ventures

US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs said Monday it will start investing in Japanese renewable energy projects, with a reported $2.9 billion outlay over the next five years. The injection comes after Japan’s government stepped into the green power market to set minimum prices in a bid to encourage the…

One dead after tornado blitz through midwest U.S.

A powerful storm system churning through the US Midwest spawned tornadoes in the states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa, destroying homes and killing at least one person, US media reported. Funnel clouds were reported Sunday in and near towns including Edmond and Shawnee, Oklahoma. In Shawnee, a twister smashed through…

Southern U.S. welcomes hairy ‘crazy ant’ invasion in Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana

Hairy crazy ants are on the move in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The flea-sized critters are called crazy because each ant in the horde seems to scramble randomly, moving so fast that videos look as if they’re on fast-forward. (Joe MacGown/Mississippi State…  …

Obama to reveal counterterrorism strategy, plans for drones and Guantanamo Bay on Thursday

President Barack Obama will discuss his counterterrorism strategy Thursday, revealing to the American public his plans for unmanned drones and Guantanamo Bay, the White House said Sunday. During his speech at the National Defense University in Washington, the president will discuss “our broad counter-terrorism policy, including our military, diplomatic, intelligence…

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange reveals government eavesdropping messages that allegedly speculate he’s being framed

WikiLeaks founder uses subject access request to access British agency chatter, which allegedly calls extradition ‘a fit-up’ Authorities at GCHQ, the government eavesdropping agency, are facing embarrassing revelations about internal correspondence in which Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is discussed, apparently including speculation that he is being framed by Swedish authorities…

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