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Cancer treatment might not derail Venezuelan president’s inauguration

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez could be sworn in before the Supreme Court even if his cancer treatment keeps him out of the country beyond his January 10 inauguration date, his vice president said Monday. Nicolas Maduro said the constitution will be applied, without indicating whether Chavez would be sworn in…

NHL lockout hits 100th day with no end in sight

National Hockey League players and club owners reached the 100th day of the league’s shutdown over money issues Monday with no talks planned and shrinking hope to salvage even a shortened season. Owners locked out players in September after the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement that was reached after…

Israel recognizes first settler university in the West Bank

Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Monday confirmed a government decision to officially recognise the status of the first settler university established in the occupied West Bank. “Defence Minister Ehud Barak tonight ordered General Nitzan Allon, the military commander of the central region (covering the West Bank), to proclaim the university…

Former British PM Thatcher set to spend Christmas in hospital

Britain’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher was in hospital for a fifth day on Monday as she recovers from bladder surgery, a spokeswoman said. There was no change in Thatcher’s condition from Sunday when the 87-year-old was said to be “in good spirits”, the spokeswoman added. The former premier was…

Three years after the quake, Haitian refugees fight Christmas misery

While people around the world celebrate the arrival of Christmas, residents of a refugee camp in Haiti say hunger and want will mark the holiday, like every other day of the year. “There are no wreaths, no Christmas trees,” said Titelma Cherival, 54, still living in a makeshift refugee camp…

Veteran Microsoft strategy officer steps down

Microsoft announced on Monday that company veteran Craig Mundie has stepped down from his post as chief of research and will retire in the year 2014. Mundie, who was one of two executives who assumed responsibilities left behind by Bill Gates when the Microsoft co-founder retired in 2008, will now…

General Motors recalls 119,000 trucks over hood latches

General Motors will recall 119,000 US vehicles because some of them may be missing a backup hood latch, the US automaker said in regulatory filings. GM did not say whether it was aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of the defect, which affects certain Chevrolet Colorado and…

Gun sales soar as owners fear new regulations

US firearm sales have sky-rocketed since the Newtown school massacre, as debate over gun control rages and enthusiasts fear certain assault weapons and high-capacity magazines could be banned. President Barack Obama basically has put gun enthusiasts on warning, Larry Hyatt, owner of a gun shop in Charlotte, North Carolina, told…

Five festive video game cocktails

If you love good games and interesting drinks, we have the cocktails for you Last year, we teamed up with James Dance, owner of video game-themed bar Loading, to create a range of cocktails based on our favourite games of 2011. It was such a success that James has agreed…

‘Game of Thrones’ most pirated TV show of 2012

Sky Atlantic programme, produced by HBO, was downloaded 4.28m times in 2012, according to news website Game of Thrones was the most-pirated TV show of the year, with a single episode being illegally downloaded by more people than typically watch the hit programme in the US. HBO’s Game of Thrones,…

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