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At least 55 dead in Venezuela prison riot

At least 55 people were killed and 90 others wounded in clashes between prison gangs and security guards at a facility in northwest Venezuela, a hospital director said Saturday. Television images had earlier shown National Guard troops surrounding the Uribana prison in Lara state as inmates in bloody clothes were…

Obama vows to watch U.S. financial industry to prevent ‘irresponsible behavior’

President Barack Obama promised Saturday to watch the US financial industry to prevent what he called “irresponsible behavior” as he defended his nominations to key financial watchdog agencies. The comments came after Obama nominated Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission and Richard Cordray to continue as…

Kyrgyzstan cracks down on bride snatching

Kyrgyzstan on Saturday signed into law harsher measures against men who kidnap women to force them into marriage, introducing prison terms of up to 10 years. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev signed new legislation punishing men who snatch brides with up to seven years in prison. Previously men faced only three…

Leftist Zeman wins Czech presidency, trumps aristocrat

Czechs chose leftist ex-premier Milos Zeman as their new president in Saturday’s runoff in the EU republic’s first direct election, defeating Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, an aristocrat whose Sex Pistols-inspired social media campaign fell flat. The burly, silver-haired Zeman garnered 54.82-percent support with virtually all votes counted, against 45.17 percent…

China must modernize before boosting global role, official tells Davos

China’s new leadership will focus on modernising the country before it increases Beijing’s role in international affairs, a top official told the Davos forum on Saturday. Senior Chinese planning official Zhang Xiaoqiang told economic and business leaders gathered in the Swiss ski resort that the whole world would benefit if…

One-third of fish caught in English Channel have plastic contamination

Fish were found to contain small pieces of plastic known as ‘microbeads’, in a study of 10 species One-third of fish caught off the south-west coast of England have traces of plastic contamination from sources including sanitary products and carrier bags, scientists have found. The Plymouth University study, published in…

U.S. sees signs that China is tiring of North Korea’s antics

US sees signs that China is tiring of North Korea's antics US officials are taking heart in mounting evidence that China, while still worried about the repercussions of a North Korean collapse, is tiring of protecting its troublesome ally. Though wary of each other on other international issues, the United…

Major ISPs set to implement ‘six strikes’ online piracy program

A new voluntary system aimed at rooting out online copyright piracy using a controversial “six strikes” system is set to be implemented by US Internet providers soon, with the impact unclear. The program was created with the music and film industry and the largest Internet firms, with some prodding by…

Sundance film seeks to show real Bin Laden ‘Manhunt’

While Hollywood-style Osama bin Laden manhunt movie “Zero Dark Thirty” has garnered controversy and awards, a lower-profile film seeks to tell the real story of finding the Al Qaeda chief. “Manhunt”, a documentary by US director Greg Barker, was presented at the Sundance Film Festival this week, days after Oscar-winner…

George Soros tells Davos that we don’t have a ‘proper understanding of how financial markets operate’

Billionaire financier George Soros told the Davos forum on Saturday that financial markets were still poorly understood despite moves to limit more complex products after the crisis. Soros told a packed audience of the world’s business and political elite in the Swiss ski resort that the established theory of how…

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