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Psy brings some ‘Gangnam Style’ to Oxford University

LONDON — South Korean pop sensation Psy was mobbed by screaming fans as he arrived in Britain on Wednesday to bring a touch of his “Gangnam Style” to the prestigious Oxford University debating society. Wearing his trademark dapper suit and sunglasses, the rapper attracted a horde of fans and photographers…

Romney defeat exposes Republican minority problem

BOSTON, Massachusetts — Mitt Romney’s presidential defeat exposed the growing gulf between his Republican Party and minorities, a trend conservatives must reverse if they want to take back the White House. Every demographic minority, not to mention the largest voting bloc of all — women — voted heavily in favor…

Despite Obama victory, Clinton still aims to leave State Dept

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still plans to step down as America’s top diplomat despite President Barack Obama’s re-election, but will ensure a smooth transition, US officials said Wednesday. “I don’t think the secretary’s plans have changed,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. “You’ve heard her say many…

Scientists ‘see’ through solid layers

PARIS — Scientists said Wednesday they have developed a method to “see through” layers of thin, solid material in a breakthrough that holds promise for medical imaging, nanotechnology — and the spy trade. Still in its infancy, the technique using laser and computer decoding has allowed a team from the…

Obama hugs Michelle, and makes Facebook history

WASHINGTON — It was a moving photo like countless others on Facebook, but the caption “four more years” said it all — US President Barack Obama had won re-election, and was about to make social media history. After a months-long, gruelling presidential campaign fought both off- and online, Obama sealed…

Taliban urge Obama to pull troops out now

KABUL — Taliban insurgents told re-elected President Barack Obama Wednesday to admit that the United States has lost the war in Afghanistan and pull its troops out now. “Obama must by now know that they have lost the war in Afghanistan,” spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement posted on…

Julian Assange says victorious Obama ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday described re-elected President Barack Obama was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and said he expected the US government to keep attacking the anti-secrecy website. Speaking to AFP by telephone from Ecuador’s London embassy, where he sought asylum in June in a bid…

Wall Street casts cold eye on Obama win

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama’s re-election and the Senate victory of Elizabeth Warren, who is a fierce Democratic opponent of big banks and Wall Street, has sent shudders through the financial sector. “An Obama win was definitely not positive for banks,” which would have preferred a win by Republican…

‘Depressed lover’ kills five in Moscow shooting

MOSCOW — A 30-year-old Russian man suffering depression after a breakup went on a shooting spree Wednesday in his Moscow office, killing five and wounding another two after declaring his hatred for mankind, investigators said. Dmitry Vinogradov, 30, posted an online manifesto in which he proclaimed his “hatred for humankind…

Chemists find a way to boost power of biofuels

Affordable fuel from grasses, trees and plant waste that packs enough of a punch to power a plane? Scientists said Wednesday this can be done using chemistry to boost basic fermentation processes. A team at the University of California in Berkeley said it had developed a method to add carbon…

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