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Justice Stephen Breyer recovering after shoulder injury

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was recovering from shoulder surgery Saturday after injuring himself in a bicycle fall, court officials said. Breyer, 74, suffered a fractured shoulder following an accident in Washington on Friday during which he fell from his bike, a statement said. “The surgery was successful and…

Boston bombing suspects’ mother talked about jihad

Russian authorities secretly wiretapped the mother of the Boston bombing suspects and recorded her discussing jihad in vague terms during a 2011 telephone conversation, CNN reported. The Russians only turned over the information to their US counterparts in recent days, according to the report. A US official with knowledge of…

North Korea set to stage major military drill

North Korea appears to be gearing up for a major military exercise, a report said, amid tensions over an expected missile test and South Korea’s pullout from a joint industrial complex. Preparations are under way near the North’s western port of Nampo for a combined live-fire drill involving artillery units…

World on the verge of a new industrial revolution: Mass 3D printing

As potentially game-changing as the steam engine or telegraph were in their day, 3D printing could herald a new industrial revolution, experts say. For the uninitiated, the prospect of printers turning out any object you want at the click of a button may seem like the stuff of science fiction.…

Vietnam’s gay sitcom becomes an Internet sensation

Vietnam’s first gay sitcom has become a YouTube sensation, racking up millions of views as support for legalising same-sex marriage strengthens within the communist government. Homosexuality was once seen as a social evil in Vietnam and the success of “My Best Gay Friends”, a low-budget series about three people sharing…

Owner of collapsed Bangladesh garment factory arrested

Bangladesh police on Sunday arrested the owner of a garment factory block that collapsed last week killing more than 370 people as he attempted to flee to India, officials said. “He has been arrested and will be tried,” the country’s deputy home minister Shamsul Haque Tuku told reporters, referring to…

Russian astronauts to take Olympic torch on space walk

Russian astronauts will take an unlit Olympic torch on a space walk ahead of the country’s hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the deputy head of the Russian space agency said on Sunday. “It will not be a copy but exactly the same as the torch at the…

Obama jokes: I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be

President Barack Obama poked fun at himself, his political opponents, the news media and even his wife’s hairstyle late on Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The dinner, where around 3,000 guests dine in a massive hotel ballroom, is greeted with near hysteria in Washington, normally a strait-laced…

Thousands march in Japan’s first ‘Rainbow Week’ parade

Thousands of people marched in Tokyo on Sunday at the start of Japan’s first “Rainbow Week”, a series of events aimed at supporting sexual minorities. Organisers said about 12,000 people took part in the parade, which has been running for several years, and other events on Sunday, part of a…

Police probe fight on Mount Everest

Police near Mount Everest are investigating reports of a fight on the upper reaches of the world’s highest mountain between two foreign climbers and their Nepalese guides, officials said Sunday. “We were told our clients and the guides fought on their way to camp three. We don’t have all the…

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