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Afghanistan hails decision to put two U.S. Marines on trial for urinating on dead Taliban fighters

Afghanistan on Tuesday welcomed a Pentagon decision to put two US Marines on trial for urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters and posing for photographs with them. The Pentagon announced that Staff Sergeants Joseph Chamblin and Edward Deptola will face court martial, a month after three other Marines…

Anchors aweigh for China’s first aircraft carrier

China’s first aircraft carrier entered service on Tuesday, the defence ministry in Beijing said, as the country expands its blue-water fleet at a time of increasing maritime tensions in the region. The ministry named the 300-metre (990-foot) vessel, a former Soviet ship bought from Ukraine, the Liaoning after the northeastern…

No tax, no sacraments, decrees German Catholic Church

Germany’s Roman Catholics who refuse to pay a church tax will be barred from receiving the sacraments or becoming a godparent, under controversial new restrictions entering into force on Monday. In a move decried by a progressive Catholic group, the German bishops’ conference last week issued a decree, saying it…

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wants to become an Australian citizen: reports

Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, revealed Tuesday his fondness for Australia and said he hopes to become a citizen. “I actually like this country and want to become a citizen,” he told the Australian Financial Review, saying he was particularly impressed with plans to roll…

Romney hopes Ohio bus tour can reignite campaign

Mitt Romney aims to reignite his struggling White House bid Tuesday with a bus tour through Ohio, where he vows an aggressive tack against a surging President Barack Obama six weeks from election day. Romney drew criticism last week for spending more time fundraising than at public campaign events. Tuesday…

Europe rights court approves Muslim cleric Abu Hamza extradition to U.S.

Britain vowed to hand over radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza to the United States on terrorism charges as soon as possible after the European Court of Human Rights rejected his final appeal. The court upheld an April 10 ruling against the hook-handed terror suspect and four others which had approved…

Foxconn iPhone factory reopens after brawl: Manager

A Foxconn factory making the iPhone 5 in northern China reopened on Tuesday, a manager said, a day after it shut down following a huge workers’ brawl that took 5,000 police several hours to quell. Foxconn – the world’s largest maker of computer components – assembles products for Apple, Sony…

Obama: Benghazi attack more than a ‘mob’ action

NEW YORK — US President Barack Obama said Monday that the attack on the US consulate in Libya’s Benghazi was clearly more than a “mob action,” amid lingering dispute about the nature of the assault. Obama also said in an appearance on the ABC talk show “The View” that the…

MySpace gives peek at website redesign

SAN FRANCISCO — Myspace provided a glimpse at a major overhaul of the music-centric online community striving to reclaim lost glory. A message atop the myspace.com home page promised: “Coming soon. The new Myspace,” and provided a link to video showing a redesigned user interface that deeply integrates Facebook and…

Mexican gangs control majority of prisons: ombudsman

MEXICO CITY — Mexican gangs control 60 percent of the country’s prisons, where they hold cell keys, punish inmates and charge for protection, a human rights report said in the wake of a mass escape. The government’s National Human Rights Commission issued the report after visiting around 100 state prisons…

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