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UN report: Nearly 3,000 wild great apes killed or ‘stolen’ each year

Almost 3,000 great apes are killed or captured in the wild each year because of rampant illegal trade, according to a new UN report released Monday that voiced fears for their survival. More than 22,000 great apes are estimated to have been lost to the illicit trade between 2005 and…

South Korean ‘comfort women’ sue Japanese rock band

A group of South Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery by Japan filed a defamation suit Monday against a little known, far-right Japanese rock band for calling them prostitutes. A CD containing a song with the allegedly defamatory lyrics by the band “Scramble” was mailed — along with a…

Japanese girl loses father to blizzard two years after mother’s death

A father froze to death while sheltering his nine-year-old daughter from severe weekend blizzards that swept northern Japan, two years after her mother died, reports said Monday. Mikio Okada died as he tried to protect his only child Natsune against winds of up to 109 kilometres (68 miles) per hour,…

2013 Nobel Peace Prize draws a record 259 nominees

A record 259 nominees are in the running for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize — 209 individuals and 50 organisations — with the laureate to be announced in October, the Nobel Institute said on Monday. The list is known to include Malala Yousafzai, the shot Pakistani schoolgirl-turned-icon of Taliban resistance,…

Biden marches with civil rights leaders in Alabama to commemorate ‘Bloody Sunday’

Vice President Joe Biden marched with black civil rights leaders Sunday in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the “Bloody Sunday” beating of voting rights marchers 48 years ago. State police assaulted the original marchers in 1965 over the protest urging Congress to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act that struck down…

Ernst & Young reaches deal with U.S. regulators to pay $123 million over tax avoidance scandal

E&Y’s deal with a US district attorney ensures the firm will not face prosecution and brings a long-drawn tax scandal to an end Ernst & Young has agreed to pay $123m (£82m) in a settlement with criminal prosecutors in the US, admitting that some of its most senior tax partners…

Germany’s Helmut Kohl is kept ‘like a prisoner’ by his new wife, sons claim

Former German chancellor’s sons go public with bitter family feud, claiming father’s new wife will not allow them to visit He did much to shape late 20th century history as a towering figurehead of German unification and one of the key architects of the Euro. But former German chancellor Helmut…

Israel to begin ‘Palestinians-only’ buses

Service will ferry workers from the Palestinian town of Qalqiliya across the border of the West Bank towards Tel Aviv The Israeli government will on Monday begin operating a “Palestinians-only” bus service to ferry Palestinian workers from the West Bank to Israel, encouraging them to use it instead of travelling…

Israeli defense minister: ‘All options’ open to deal with Iran

AFP – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned Iran on Sunday that Israel would never allow Iranian leaders to develop a nuclear weapon, as he addressed a powerful US-Israel lobby. “It is Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear capability which is the greatest challenge facing Israel, the region and the world…

Young Russians increasingly view Stalin as strong leader

AFP – No wall plaque honours the victims of Josef Stalin’s purges, who met their end in the execution cells of headquarters of the feared Soviet security services on Lubyanka Square in central Moscow. Instead the traffic races round a busy square and the building itself, known everywhere in Moscow…

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