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Chinese-French abstract painter Zao Wou-Ki dies at 93

Chinese-French abstract painter Zao Wou-Ki, a significant figure in 20th-century Chinese art, died Tuesday at his home in Switzerland aged 93, a lawyer for his wife told AFP. A lawyer for Zao’s son, who was in a legal battle with his father’s wife to obtain power-of-attorney over the artist, confirmed…

French budget minister asks for email leaks that show wealthy politicos hiding money in offshore accounts

France’s new budget minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Tuesday asked media organisations involved in a global “Offshore Leaks” probe on tax havens to hand over any evidence they have to the judiciary. The call comes as the French government scrambles to contain a tax fraud scandal triggered by Cazeneuve’s predecessor Jerome…

German Amazon warehouse workers protest over working conditions

Hundreds of workers at the biggest German-based site of online retailer Amazon demonstrated on Tuesday, according to a trade union which plans strike action over better working conditions. Some 500 people protested at a site in western Bad Hersfeld, which employs more than 3,000 staff and is among seven Amazon…

Blind human rights activist accuses China of violating U.S. deal to secure his freedom

The Chinese human rights activist at the center of a diplomatic crisis a year ago on Tuesday accused Beijing of reneging on the agreement that freed him and urged the United States to intervene. Chen Guangcheng, a blind self-taught lawyer who infuriated authorities by exposing forced abortions, dramatically escaped house…

Survey: One screen isn’t enough for watching TV

American television viewers are increasingly finding that one screen won’t do: almost all have a second-screen device and 87 percent use it while watching shows, a survey said Tuesday. The NPD survey said multitasking consumers are splitting their attention between televisions and their laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other devices. But…

Court sentences Israeli settler to 2 life terms for 1997 Palestinian murders

An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced an extreme rightwing US-born Jewish settler to two life terms in prison for the murder of two Palestinians in 1997. Jack Teitel, 40, was found guilty in January of murdering a bus driver and a shepherd as well as of two separate attempted murders,…

Dutch restaurant chain to offer cannabis mayo on French fries

A chain of Dutch chip shops is to start offering cannabis mayonnaise on their fries, but the resulting snack will not give you the munchies or make you high. “I had the idea because I smell the cannabis coming from the coffee shop opposite my chip shop in Amsterdam every…

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell fails to disclose connection to natural gas firm in pro-fracking column

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Recently, we wrote about former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell’s connections to the natural gas industry after he published a pro-fracking op-ed in The New York Daily News. Following our story, Rendell’s column 2014 which called on New York officials to lift a ban on the drilling…

Strong earthquake hits southern Iran

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake has hit southern Iran, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the quake, which struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), was located about 90 kilometers southeast of Bandar Bushehr, the USGS said.…

Carnival cruise group expands in Asia

Carnival, the world’s largest cruise group, unveiled its Asian expansion plans on Tuesday, predicting the regional market for leisure voyages will grow dramatically within the decade. Southeast Asia in particular will be a key focus, the company said as it announced that one of its brands, Princess Cruises, will operate…

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