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Israel steamed after Google starts using the word ‘Palestine’ across its products

Israel on Friday questioned Internet giant Google’s decision to replace the term “Palestinian Territories” with “Palestine” on the Palestinian www.google.ps page, after last year’s UN decision to award Palestine observer status. “This change raises questions about the reasons behind this surprising involvement of what is basically a private Internet company…

Dow rockets past 15,000 for first time after lastest jobs report

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 15,000 for the first time Friday following a solid US jobs report. At 1429 GMT, the Dow reached 15,000.54, up 173.96, or 1.17 percent. The rise followed a US Labor Department report that showed the US economy added 165,000 jobs in April, well…

U.S. adds 165,000 jobs in April, lowering unemployment to 7.5 percent

WASHINGTON — The US economy added a solid 165,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate fell from 7.6 percent to 7.5 percent, its lowest level since December 2008, the Labor Department said Friday. The better-than-expected monthly jobs data also showed much stronger hiring in February and March — data…

Iraq still using James McCormick’s fake bomb detectors at checkpoints

A policeman in Baghdad knows the bomb detector he uses is fake, and will do virtually nothing to save anyone’s life, but he has his orders. “If I were given a mop and told that it detects bombs in cars, I would still do it without any hesitation,” he told…

Five shot in Newark as mourner opened fire at vigil after argument

A vigil in the city’s South Ward for the victim of a fatal car accident turned bloody Thursday night when one of the mourners opened fire, leaving five people, including a young girl, injured, two law enforcement…  …

Study finds genetic similarities between different types of aggressive cancers

Some of the most devastating forms of cancer have genetic similarities even though they strike different body parts, according to new studies out Thursday. The new research — one study focused on a form of leukemia, in the New England Journal of Medicine, and a second on endometrial cancer, in…

Carnegie think tank study sees China as a ‘coercive power’ with Japan

China will likely use its growing power to try to force its way with Japan but it is doubtful that Beijing will enter a Cold War-style confrontation with the United States, a study said. The report by the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace aims to be the most comprehensive…

Bangladesh building disaster death toll passes 500

The death toll from the collapse of a factory complex in Bangladesh passed 500 Friday as the prime minister said Western retailers had to share some responsibility for the plight of garment workers. It also emerged that an engineer who had warned that the building may be unsafe before it…

Kindergarten head accused of poisoning and killing two children at rival school

Chinese police have arrested the head of a kindergarten and her associate over the deaths of two children from a rival school who ate yoghurt injected with rat poison, state media said. The five- and six-year-old girls from northern Hebei province died after eating the yoghurt which they had found…

100 dead and rescuers trapped in Darfur gold mine disaster

Around 100 miners are estimated to have died inside a collapsed gold mine in Sudan’s Darfur region and nine rescuers trying to free them are now trapped, a miner said on Friday. “Nine of the rescue team disappeared when the land collapsed around them yesterday (Thursday),” said the miner, who…

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