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Son charged over Hong Kong ‘heads-in-fridge’ murder

Two men including the son have been charged with murder after an elderly couple were gruesomely killed in Hong Kong, as a search continues for their missing body parts. The couple’s severed heads were reportedly found by police in a refrigerator at a bloodstained apartment on the outskirts of the…

U.S. complains about ‘excessive’ business class travel by UN staff

The United States is taking aim at “excessive” business class air travel by UN staff as it presses a campaign to restrain the global body’s multi-billion dollar budget. Complaints by the United States and other cash-strapped western nations have been bolstered by revelations that nearly three quarters of the money…

South Korea’s ‘Top Gun’ high school cyber warriors train for battle against North

Cheon Joon-Sahng may not look like an elite warrior, but the shy, South Korean high school student has been fully trained for a frontline role in any future cyber battle with North Korea. Cheon, 18, was one of 60 young computer experts chosen in July from many applicants for a…

Justice Department investigated Wall Street Journal for claims reporters bribed Chinese officials

The US Justice Department last year opened an investigation into allegations that employees at The Wall Street Journal’s China news bureau bribed Chinese officials for information, the newspaper reported. But citing government and corporate officials familiar with the case, the paper said a search by the Journal’s parent company found…

3 arrested after Quebec helicopter jailbreak

Police in eastern Canada arrested an escaped inmate and surrounded the second after the pair broke out of a Quebec jail and hijacked a helicopter to escape. Quebec Provincial Police said on Twitter that they had located Danny Provencal and had set up a security perimeter around him. An hour…

Obama to nominate Tom Perez as next Secretary of Labor

US President Barack Obama will announce Monday the nomination of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, a Hispanic American, as the next US secretary of labor, a White House official said. Perez will replace Hilda Solis, who resigned the Labor Department’s top position in January. He will have to be confirmed…

Cyprus president defends bank levy as ‘least painful option’

The president of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said in a televised address on Sunday that the controversial bank levy being imposed as part of an EU bailout deal is the “least painful” option available under the circumstances. By News Wires President Nicos Anastasiades said Sunday that a controversial bank levy on…

Palestinian hunger-striker Ayman Sharawna released into 10 years of exile in Gaza

A Palestinian prisoner on long-term hunger strike has inked a deal with Israel which will see him freed to exile in Gaza for 10 years, a prisoners’ rights group and Israeli intelligence said Sunday. Ayman Sharawna is one of four Palestinian prisoners who have been refusing food for months over…

Scientists discover earthquakes can create new ‘economic-grade gold deposits’

Solid gold can be deposited in Earth’s crust “almost instantaneously” during earthquakes, said a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Sunday. The gold is formed when a tremor splits open a fluid-filled cavity in the Earth’s crust, causing a sudden drop in pressure, according to a team of…

Allegedly corrupt Israeli judge extradicted from Peru after 7 years on the run

A former Israeli judge wanted by Israel on fraud charges arrived back in the Jewish state on Sunday to face trial after he was extradited from his refuge in Peru, officials said. A police spokesman said that Dan Cohen, who fled to Lima in 2005, was arrested on arrival at…

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