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Two Tibetans set themselves alight in China: group

BEIJING — Two ethnic Tibetan men set themselves on fire together in southwest China to protest Beijing’s rule, causing clashes between residents and security forces, rights groups said on Tuesday. A monk and former monk set themselves alight Monday in Aba town in Sichuan province, sparking a protest that authorities…

Drug war ‘peace caravan’ woos Hollywood

LOS ANGELES — A “peace caravan” has reached Los Angeles in search of Hollywood support for its crusade to end to the US war on drugs, which organizers blame for the violence tearing up Mexico. “The artists are the opposite of the barbarity we are living with,” said Mexican poet…

U.S. judge denies bail to Mexico’s drug ‘queen’

MIAMI — A US judge on Tuesday denied bail to Sandra Avila Beltran, a prominent figure in Mexico’s infamous Sinaloa cartel accused of drug trafficking. Nicknamed the “Queen of the Pacific,” Beltran is accused of conspiring to import and distribute five kilograms of cocaine between 1999 and 2004. Judge Patrick…

Home of late Apple co-founder Jobs burglarized

SAN FRANCISCO — A Californian has been arrested and charged with stealing $60,000 worth of computers and other items from a home belonging to the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, prosecutors said Tuesday. Kariem McFarlin, 35, could face a maximum sentence of seven years and eight months if convicted on…

Obama, Romney tilt at windmills, wage coal wars

OSKALOOSA, Iowa — A feud over past and future energy Tuesday fueled increasing bitterness in the fight between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney as both mined for votes in swing states. Romney accused Obama of waging a “war on coal” while the president mercilessly mocked his foe as…

U.S. defense chief concerned about Afghan ‘insider attacks’

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday he was “very concerned” about the rise in “insider attacks” on US and NATO troops, and the impact they are having on cooperation with Afghan allies. In the latest “green-on-blue” attack, an Afghan policeman shot and wounded two troops from the…

Thai senator says shooting of ex-wife was an ‘accident’

A Thai senator who shot his ex-wife at the dinner table with an Uzi 9mm pistol said Tuesday that her death was a tragic accident. Boonsong Kowawisarat, 56, said the gun went off while he was trying to remove a stuck bullet, fatally injuring 46-year-oldChanakarn Detkard, who was also his secretary. “It was my gun.…

French broadly support same sex marriage

Nearly two-thirds of the French back gay marriage, a poll published Tuesday revealed as Catholic bishops urged their followers to pray for the maintenance of traditional family arrangements. The Ifop poll, due to be published on Wednesday by digital magazine La Lettre de l’Opinion, found 65 percent of the French support gay…

KFC and Pizza Hut closed in Nepal as staff threatens to kill branch managers

All four KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants in Nepal shut down on Tuesday saying that staff had attacked and threatened to kill branch managers. Devyani International, which operates outlets of KFC and Pizza Hut in Nepal and neighbouring India, wrote a letter to authorities announcing the immediate closure of its eateries in the capital Kathmandu. “In…

Groupon shares plummet as sales slow

Shares in Groupon plummeted Tuesday as the firm once billed as “the fastest growing company ever” said sales had slowed. The daily deals site reported its first-ever quarterly profit as a public company on Monday after stock markets had closed. Revenues increased 45% on the year. But the sell-off began as investors took fright…

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