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South Africa miners protest after 12,000 laid off

Hundreds of the 12,000 miners sacked by the world’s largest platinum producer in South Africa on Saturday gathered to protest their dismissal and mourn a colleague killed in clashes with police. The workers meeting at a stadium in the northern town of Rustenburg would also debate how to respond to…

Ikea founder ‘too busy to die’

The 86-year-old founder of Swedish furniture giant Ikea revealed he has no plans to retire and rejected any idea of the company going public in an interview published in Switzerland. “The company will never go to the market,” Ingvar Kamprad told the latest edition of Swiss business magazine Bilanz. “We…

Pope’s butler gets 18 months’ jail in ‘Vatileaks’ case

Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler Paolo Gabriele Saturday got 18 months in prison for stealing secret documents from the Vatican that reveal fraud and intrigue in the tiny state. But the possibilty he will be pardoned by the Pope “is very concrete and very likely”, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told…

North Korean shoots officers, defects: South Korea

A North Korean soldier defected to the South on Saturday through the heavily militarised border, saying he shot dead two superior officers in the process, the South Korean military said. It is only the fourth such defection reported in the last 10 years, with none of the previous incidents involving…

Cleric Abu Hamza to arrive in U.S. after extradition

Radical Islamist preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects were on their way from Britain to the United States on Saturday after a court rejected their last-ditch court bid to block their extradition. A legal saga that has dragged on for more than a decade in the courts of…

Will black voters give Obama what he needs in Southern swing states?

Will black voters give Obama what he needs in Southern swing states? When then-candidate Barack Obama won North Carolina by 14,000 votes in 2008, a lot of the credit went to the eye-popping 76 percent turnout rate among African-American voters. Virginia, too, saw its large share of black voters help…

New study says Facebook and Twitter are more tempting than sex

A study arousing interest online Friday found that checking Facebook or Twitter is more alluring than sex for those immersed in Internet Age lifestyles. The week-long poll conducted in Germany by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business classified checking social network tweets, pictures, comments and other posts as…

French cops in Marseille locked up for corruption

Twelve police officers in France’s crime-ridden Marseille appeared in court Friday on suspicion of corruption, extortion and drug dealing, with a prosecutor claiming there was “overwhelming” proof of guilt. Seven were locked up and five granted provisional release while French Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced he was suspending them and…

Wind delays Austrian’s edge of space jump in U.S.

US organizers of an Austrian daredevil’s record-breaking attempt to jump from the edge of space have delayed the mission by a day due to forecast wind, they said Friday. Felix Baumgartner, aiming to break a number of records including being the first man to exceed the speed of sound in…

Swedish Internet sites unreachable after warning from Anonymous

Several Swedish government websites could not be accessed Friday after they had received a warning the evening before from a group claiming to be the Anonymous collective, which supports fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The Swedish branch of Anonymous denied it was behind the attacks. Assange is wanted by the…

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