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French police raid IMF chief Lagarde’s home

French police on Wednesday carried out a raid on the Paris home of IMF chief Christine Lagarde in connection with a probe into her handling of a high-profile scandal when she was a government minister. The investigation concerns Lagarde’s 2007 decision to order a panel of judges to arbitrate in…

Original of ‘world’s most popular’ art print sold in London

A picture dubbed the most reproduced fine art print in the world sold at auction in London on Wednesday for almost £1 million, a record for South African artist Vladimir Tretchikoff. “Chinese Girl” was bought by the chairman of Graff Diamonds International, Laurence Graff, for £982,050, Bonhams auctioneers said. “It’s…

Pope calls for ‘friendship and respect’ of all faiths

Pope Francis on Wednesday called for “friendship and respect” among all faiths at a meeting with representatives of major world religions in the Vatican. The Roman Catholic Church would “promote friendship and respect between men and women of different religions,” the pope said, a day after his formal inauguration in…

Harvard study: 180,000 deaths a year linked to sugary drinks

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‘Rockefeller’ killer explained grave as ‘plumbing’

The German who posed as a Rockefeller family member after allegedly killing a man in California explained the freshly-dug soil in his back yard as plumbing work, a witness said Tuesday. Christian Gerhartsreiter, accused of burying the dismembered body of John Sohus in his backyard in 1985, gave the explanation…

Seven rare Komodo dragons hatch in Indonesia

Seven Komodo dragons have hatched under a breeding programme at an Indonesian zoo, an official said, a success story that raises hope for the endangered lizard. Twenty-one eggs from two Komodo dragons were placed in incubation at the Surabaya Zoo in eastern Java, the first batch in September and the…

Iraq’s people yet to feel benefit of oil boom

Iraq’s economy is expanding and government coffers are swelling, but Sabah Nuri, like many Iraqis who still struggle with poverty and poor services, has yet to see the benefits of rising oil exports. Nuri is lucky: he has a job, albeit a relatively menial one, and a roof over his…

South African opposition leader jokes online about being bitten by rat

South African opposition leader Helen Zille said she has been bitten by a rat outside her home in Cape Town. “The weirdest thing just happened. I went to fetch the newspapers at the gate when a rat darted out, and bit me on my toe!” the head of the Democratic…

British bloggers wary of new government penalties for ‘news-related’ websites

The British government has insisted that bloggers and posts on social media would not be caught by a new system of press regulation, but campaigners warned the new rules could be open to interpretation. Britain’s newspapers are urgently considering whether to sign up to the new system agreed by political…

Parts shortage forces Taiwan’s HTC to delay flagship smartphone rollout

Taiwan’s HTC has delayed shipments of its new flagship smartphone due to parts shortages, a report said on Wednesday, dealing a blow as it looks to lift sales and compete with the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy. The firm said the new HTC One, which was unveiled in February and set…

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