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Afghan president: U.S. and Taliban ‘in talks on a daily basis’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday criticised the Taliban for holding daily talks with the United States as they also launch suicide attacks that kill civilians and children. The Islamist militants deny re-opening talks after they broke off tentative contact with the US in Qatar in March last year due…

India is Asia’s unlikely powerbroker in papal vote

India’s Catholics may account for less than two percent of the country’s population but they will be Asia’s most powerful voice in the election to choose a new pope. Five of the nine Asian cardinals who have the right to vote at the upcoming papal enclave hail from India, an…

How mobile devices are changing Africa

Without access to fixed-line telephones or PCs, mobile devices are the most important pieces of hardware many Africans own. AUSTIN, TX—Mobile phones are kicking off a revolution in Africa, with everyone from farmers to villagers relying on apps to make electronic payments, check on expiration dates…  …

Backlash from airline employees over move to allow knives on U.S. planes

A decision to scrap a post-9/11 ban on pocket knives being carried by passengers on US aircraft has triggered an angry backlash from pilots, flight attendants and airline chiefs. Starting from April 25, travelers will be able to carry small knives with folding blades on US planes following a shift…

Massive dust storm engulfs Tokyo

A huge dust storm hit Tokyo Sunday, blanketing the city with brown dust that darkened the skies and rapidly transformed what had been a clear and sunny day. Visibility in the capital deteriorated quickly as dry dust particles whirled through the air. Meteorologists said the phenomenon was caused by a…

Debate flares over impact of social media on Arab Spring and other ‘revolutions’

How important were Twitter, Facebook and other social media in toppling regimes in the Arab Spring uprisings? Amid a fierce debate in academic circles, an upcoming book argues that social media and new technology made a key difference in successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt and helped foster grassroots movements…

Obama’s minimum wage pledge divides economists

President Barack Obama’s pledge to raise the minimum wage by 24 percent has divided economists and businesses who warn it could threaten recent improvements in jobless numbers. Obama has stated that his administration plans to increase the existing minimum hourly rate from $7.25 to $9, vowing to press ahead with…

Man arrested at Newark Airport with $300,000 of cocaine hidden in bags

NEWARK — A 33-year-old man was arrested earlier this month at Newark Liberty International Airport after customs and border patrol officers found $300,000 worth of cocaine hidden his luggage, authorities said today. Antonio Miguel Camara Jimenez, was arrested March 1 after police found the drugs…  …

Student attempts to be first openly gay climber to reach Seven Summits

Cason Crane is attempting to become the first openly gay person to scale the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on all seven continents. In this June 2012 photo, Crane holds holding one of his Rainbow Summits Project posters on top of Mt. Elbrus, Russia, the highest mountain in Europe. Photo…

‘World’s best restaurant’ vows to reimburse poisoned diners

The “world’s best restaurant” said Saturday it would reimburse dozens of diners who came down with a nasty case of food poisoning after savouring its delights. The two-Michelin-star Noma restaurant said it would alternatively offer them a free meal if they dared to return to the eatery in the Danish…

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