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Pros dominate YouTube greatest hits in 2012

“Gangnam Style” topped YouTube’s list of the most attention-grabbing videos this year, as other professionally produced works outshined the amateur clips that had originally made the website famous. “Almost everything on the list this year was created by professional or creative talent for an online audience,” YouTube trends manager Kevin…

2.2 billion followers makes ‘Christian’ most populous of world’s religions

Christians are the world’s biggest religious group, numbering some 2.2 billion people, according to a study released Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Pew assembled data on the size and geographic distribution of eight major religious groups, including non-believers. It found that Christians make up about…

Commuters stranded as Sudan economy nears ‘collapse’

Khartoum’s decaying fleet of public buses is leaving commuters stranded as surging inflation and a sinking Sudanese currency drive maintenance costs out of control, bus operators say. The transport woes are the latest burden inflicted upon Sudanese by an economy which one think-tank said is on the brink of collapse…

Queen Elizabeth II attends first ever cabinet meeting to mark diamond jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II attended a cabinet meeting on Tuesday to mark her diamond jubilee, in the first such visit by a monarch in more than a century. Prime Minister David Cameron greeted the 86-year-old sovereign on the steps of 10 Downing Street as she arrived for the gathering of senior…

Apple losses bid for U.S. ban on Samsung smartphones

A judge denied Apple’s request to ban a set of Samsung smartphones from the US market after a jury found the South Korean electronics titan guilty of patent infringement. Even though Apple was victorious in the patent case, the iPhone and iPad maker failed to prove that the technology at…

Southwest Airlines to charge ‘no show’ fee

Airfares on the rise: Southwest adds fee for no-shows The cost of air travel keeps going up, with the latest example of the trend coming from Southwest Airlines. The airline says that in 2013 it will charge fees on customers who don’t show up for flights and have failed to…

UN sending chemical weapons kits to Syria monitors

The United Nations is sending chemical weapons kits to UN troops in the Golan Heights because of growing fears over Syria’s deadly non-conventional arsenal, officials said Monday. UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous briefed the UN Security Council on efforts to bolster the safety of the UN force, which monitors a…

Coal use set to surpass oil in a decade: IEA

Coal is set to surpass oil as the world’s top fuel within a decade, driven by growth in emerging market giants China and India, with even Europe finding it hard to cut use despite pollution concerns, according to a report published Tuesday. “Thanks to abundant supplies and insatiable demand for…

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani hospitalized due to stroke

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has been hospitalized in Baghdad due to a “health emergency,” his office said on Tuesday. “Due to fatigue and tiredness, (Talabani) had a health emergency and was transported… to the hospital in Baghdad” on Monday night, the presidency’s website said, without providing further details about his…

126 new species discovered in Greater Mekong, Vietnam

From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the WWF said in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011. But from forest loss to the construction of major hydropower projects on the Mekong River, existing…

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