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Beijing choked by pollution at dangerous levels

Dense smog shrouded Beijing on Saturday, with pollution at hazardous levels for a second day and residents advised to stay indoors, state media said. The municipal environment warning centre issued an alert advising the elderly, children, and those suffering respiratory or cardiovascular illness to avoid going out or doing strenuous…

Angry Pakistani Shiites refuse to bury dead

Shiite families refusing to bury their dead after twin bombings in Pakistan’s troubled southwestern city of Quetta vowed to continue their sit-in protest Saturday until the army takes over security. Hundreds of protesters have gathered on the main road near the snooker hall that was the scene of Thursday’s twin…

Tens of thousands of vehicles damaged by Superstorm Sandy turn New York airport into vast used-car purgatory

Mother nature in all her fury tossed them about like toys. Now they fill two airport runways — parked, obedient and damaged — as they await nibbles from buyers. Cars — thousands upon thousands of them, of every size, color, make and model — roughed up to one extent or…

Death toll rises as flu epidemic grips the U.S.

The death toll from a flu outbreak gripping the United States has reached epidemic levels and it will be at least several weeks before the outbreak abates, health officials said Friday. Flu or pneumonia were responsible for 7.3 percent of the deaths reported in 122 cities monitored by the Centers…

French soldiers killed in botched Somalia hostage raid

Two French soldiers died and 17 “terrorists” were killed in a failed bid to free a French hostage in southern Somalia from Islamists holding him since 2009, the French defence minister said Saturday. The overnight operation was launched by France’s elite DGSE secret service, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said…

1,000 Foxconn workers on strike in China

Over 1,000 workers went on strike over working conditions at a plant linked to Foxconn, a rights group said on Saturday, in the latest controversy to hit the Taiwanese technology giant. Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) said the strike erupted at a Foxconn factory in Fengcheng,…

Runaway boy, 13, drives father’s Mercedes across Europe

A 13-year-old boy ran away from his adoptive parents in Italy, taking his father’s Mercedes and driving 1,000 kilometres (more than 600 miles) towards his native Poland before being stopped in Germany. The boy — a go-kart enthusiast — managed to pass motorway toll booths and cross two international borders…

CEO who said he would ‘start killing people’ over gun control appears with lawyer in new video

James Yeager, the CEO of a weapons and tactical training business who said in a recent training video published and then removed from YouTube that he would “start killing people” if President Obama continued to push forward on gun control, has released another follow-up video on the incident. In it,…

Bus torched in fresh Northern Ireland riots

Police in Northern Ireland fired plastic bullets and water cannon as pro-British loyalists furious over restrictions on flying the British flag torched a bus and hurled petrol bombs at officers. Violence also flared in towns outside the capital Belfast as loyalists — the Protestant community’s working-class hardcore — blocked roads…

Native leaders meet with Canada PM amid threat to bring economy ‘to its knees’

Indigenous Canadians marched on the capital and other major cities threatening to bring the economy “to its knees” as their leaders met with officials to try to resolve a row over extreme poverty on reserves. As many as 500 aboriginals protested in freezing rain outside parliament in Ottawa in support…

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