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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…

Syria former prime minister: Regime is on the brink of collapse

Syria‘s former prime minister, Riyad Hijab, has claimed Bashar al-Asssad’s regime is on the point of collapse, having lost control of two-thirds of the country, as he called on other top officials to follow his example and defect. In his first public appearance since he fled Damascus with his family…

Urban farming springs up on rooftops in hyper-crowded Hong Kong

On the rooftop of a tower block above the hustle and bustle of teeming Hong Kong, dedicated growers tend to their organic crops in a vegetable garden. Against a backdrop of skyscrapers and jungle-clad hills, earth-filled boxes are spread out on the roof of the 14-storey building, where a wide…

UK’s longest-running comic ‘The Dandy’ may shutter

The future of Britain’s longest-running comic, The Dandy, is under review following a dramatic drop in print circulation, publisher DC Thomson said Tuesday. The 75-year-old weekly children’s comic is home to characters such as Desperate Dan, a Wild West desperado who is the world’s strongest man and whose favourite food…

70-year-old Austrian mountain climber rescued after a week in a glacier crevasse

Austrian mountain rescuers on Tuesday extracted a 70-year-old German man claiming to have been stuck for around a week in a glacier crevasse, police said, calling it incredible that he was still alive. The climber, who has not been named, was only slightly injured after his ordeal although he was…

Google buys Frommer’s

Google is to buy the travel guidebooks brand Frommer’s as the internet company ramps up its bid to become the premier destination for local reviews and listings online. Google will pay an undisclosed sum for the Frommer’s brand, which launched in 1957 when Arthur Frommer published his ‘Europe on $5…

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