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H&M denies ‘slave-like’ wages at Cambodian factory

Swedish fashion giant H&M denied on Wednesday accusations that it encouraged “slave-like” wages at a subcontractor’s factory in Cambodia. “It’s completely incorrect,” H&M chief executive Karl-Johan Persson told Swedish daily Expressen. A documentary to be broadcast on Swedish television channel TV4 on Wednesday alleges that Cambodian factory workers producing goods…

Amazon to launch Japanese-language Kindle

Online shopping giant Amazon said Wednesday that it will launch a Japanese-language version of its hugely popular Kindle next month as it looks to break into the largely untapped Japanese e-book market. The retailer’s long-awaited announcement comes a day after Apple unveiled its new iPad Mini, the latest volley in…

Study: Men better multi-taskers than women

Working mothers may have to juggle more tasks than their husbands, but the long-held belief that women are better than men at multitasking is a myth, according to new Swedish research. “On the contrary, the results of our study show that men are better at multitasking than women,” Timo Maentylae,…

Report: Pollution as big a health problem as malaria or TB

Industrial pollutants harm the health of 125 million people, many of whom live in the developing world and work in mining Waste from mining, lead smelters, industrial dumps and other toxic sites affects the health of an estimated 125 million people in 49 low- and middle-income countries. This unrecognised health…

Ex-BBC head denies burying sex abuse probe

The former head of the BBC on Wednesday denied any role in shelving an investigation into allegations of widespread abuse of underage girls by the late British TV star Jimmy Savile. Mark Thompson, who is set to become CEO of the New York Times next month, told the newspaper he…

U.S. chides Kuwait in wake of protest clashes

The United States on Tuesday issued a veiled criticism of its ally Kuwait after 100 protesters were hurt in weekend clashes with police, defending the “universal right” to freedom of assembly. On Sunday, riot police used rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades and beat up hundreds of demonstrators to…

German chancellor to inaugurate Roma genocide memorial

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Wednesday inaugurate a sombre memorial to the estimated half million Roma and Sinti murdered by the Nazis, joined by survivors of the genocidal campaign. The long-delayed monument, consisting of a round pool of water and stele on which a single fresh flower will rest…

Bruce Lee’s Hong Kong home to go on sale

Kung fu legend Bruce Lee’s former residence in Hong Kong will be put up for sale after a plan to turn the property into a museum dedicated to the icon failed, a report said. Philanthropist Yu Panglin, who owns the mansion, which became a rundown ‘love hotel’, said he was…

Muslim pilgrims begin hajj rituals

More than two million Muslims began the main rituals of the annual hajj pilgrimage, heading from Mecca to Mina where they rest and pray for the night before moving on to Mount Arafat. The pilgrims, of whom nearly 1.7 million came to Saudi Arabia from abroad, started to travel by…

Sports stars shake up Ukrainian election

Ukraine’s best-known sports stars, boxing champion Vitali Klitschko and the footballer Andriy Shevchenko, are both vying for power in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in a bid to send a shockwave through Ukrainian politics. Heavyweight Klitschko, 41, who fought his last bout in September, leads his aptly named UDAR (punch) party which…

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