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Russian PM ‘does not rule out’ Kremlin comeback

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he is not ruling out a return to the Kremlin after his 2008-2012 single term as Russian head of state but was happy working as premier under his mentor Vladimir Putin. “If I have sufficient strength and health, if our people trust me in the…

Taiwan nixes ‘Jeremy Lin Party’

Taiwanese authorities have rejected an application to set up a new political party named after Asian-American basketball hero Jeremy Lin, officials said Monday. The “Jeremy Lin Party”, jointly endorsed by 30 people as required by Taiwan law, was turned down by the interior ministry’s Department of Civil Affairs. “According to…

Elton John dedicates Beijing show to Chinese dissident

Pop-rock balladeer Elton John dedicated his Beijing show to Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei — a controversial move the artist said Monday was unlikely to make the nation’s cultural minders happy. After the Icelandic singer Bjork chanted “Tibet, Tibet” at a 2008 concert in Shanghai, authorities refused numerous Western acts permits…

More protests in Egypt as Morsi plans meeting with judges

Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was to meet with senior judges on Monday in a bid to defuse a crisis that erupted after he assumed sweeping new powers, sparking strikes and deadly protests. The crisis talks, on the eve of rival rallies which threaten to deepen the country’s divisions, come…

Samsung finds ‘inadequate’ practices in China plants

Samsung Electronics said Monday that a probe of its suppliers in China had found no evidence of alleged child labour, but did uncover some “inadequate” employment practices that needed to be remedied. The South Korean technology giant inspected 105 Chinese partners in September following a report by China Labor Watch…

New factory fire in Bangladesh before national day of mourning

Bangladesh firefighters battled a new blaze at a garment factory Monday as the country prepared for a day of mourning after the death of 110 workers over the weekend in the export industry’s worst accident. The second fire broke out at a 12-storey facility on the outskirts of the capital…

Hamas chief backs Palestinian UN bid: statement

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal on Monday told Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas that his movement backs a bid for enhanced UN status for the Palestinians, a Hamas statement said. “Khaled Meshaal… held a telephone conversation with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in which he affirmed that Hamas welcomes the step of going…

WHO issues warning of SARS-like virus

WHO Issues Warning of SARS Like Virus in Middle East (via NewsLook) So far, the number of cases identified is small. But the fact it is so highly contagious, and has been brewing for months, has scientists concerned.…

Researchers find gene that can predict time of death

Researchers Find Gene That Can Predict Time of Death Researchers discovered a gene that determines what time of the day people die.…

Obama administration aims to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

The administration of President Barack Obama aims to keep around 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan after formal combat operations in that country end in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported late Sunday. Citing unnamed senior US officials, the newspaper said the plan was in line with recommendations presented by General…

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