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Frustration in Morocco, a year after elections

Morocco’s moderate Islamist Party of Justice and Development swept to power in historic elections last year in the wake of Arab Spring protests that brought hopes of change. But a year on, analysts say disappointment is growing at the slow pace of reform, compounded by doubts about how much power…

Congress, Obama set to resume ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

Congress returns from its week-long Thanksgiving holiday Monday, as lawmakers and President Barack Obama try to avert a looming fiscal crisis that could send the entire US economy plunging into recession again. Officials in Washington are hoping to find a way to avoid what has been described as a year-end…

Dubai plans new ‘city,’ world’s largest mall

Dubai, famed for its mega-projects before it was hit by the global financial crisis, on Saturday announced a new development to open the world’s biggest mall and a park larger than London’s Hyde Park. The ruler of the Gulf desert city state, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, announced the plan…

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ beats Bieber as YouTube’s most watched video

South Korean pop sensation Psy’s “Gangnam Style” on Saturday became YouTube’s most-watched video of all time, registering more than 803 million views to overtake “Baby” by Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber. The 34-year-old rapper has rocketed to fame since his “Gangnam Style” video — in which he performs his now famous…

Africa’s first woman bishop admits ‘world is watching’

While the Church of England wrings its hands over the appointment of women bishops, Africa’s first woman Anglican bishop is determined to get on with the job without being hung up on the gender debate. “All leaders are ordained by God,” said 61-year-old Swazi primate Ellinah Wamukoya, skimming over the…

Microsoft patents its own augmented reality glasses

Microsoft Patents Its Own Augmented Reality Glasses Microsoft has patented a set of augmented-reality glasses intended to supplement entertainment events.…

Egypt judges slam Morsi over ‘unprecedented attack’

Egyptian judges on Saturday slammed a decree by President Mohamed Morsi granting him sweeping powers as “an unprecedented attack” on the judiciary, and courts across two provinces announced a strike. The constitutional declaration is “an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings,” the Supreme Judicial Council…

Puerto Rican boxing great Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho dies

Puerto Rican boxing great Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho, shot in the head last week, was declared dead Saturday after being removed from a respirator, a doctor said. Camacho, who was 50, suffered a heart attack overnight Friday and doctors later disconnected him from life support equipment, said Dr. Ernesto Torres, director…

Arafat body to be dug up Tuesday for poison test

The body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday to undergo poison tests, the head of the Palestinian inquiry team said on Saturday. “The tomb will be opened on November 27 and experts will take samples the same day within a matter of a few hours,” Tawfiq…

Afghan ‘girl-in-green’ revisits Ashura massacre site

In a brave gesture of defiance against suicide bombers, Afghanistan’s “girl-in-green” on Saturday revisited the scene of a Shiite Muslim holy-day massacre that made her image world famous. Tarana Akbari, now 13, was pictured screaming in horror among piles of bodies moments after a suicide bomber killed 80 people at…

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