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Rioting Zambian coal miners at Chinese-owned mine kill Chinese manager

Zambian coal miners killed a Chinese mine manager and injured his colleague in a riot over wages at a mine known for tensions with the Chinese investor in southern Zambia, state media reported. “Wu Shengzai, aged 50, has been killed by protesting workers after being hit by a trolley which…

Mali Islamist rebels alleged to recruit children as soldiers, sex slaves

BAMAKO — Hundreds of children have been forced into the ranks of armed groups in northern Mali, some serving as soldiers and others used as sex slaves, rights campaigners told reporters Sunday. “We have several hundred children aged between nine and 17 years old within the ranks of the armed…

Father of Saudi female Olympic athlete vows to act against insults

RIYADH — The father of the first ever Saudi female to compete at the Olympic Games has vowed to sue those who insulted his daughter for challenging strict traditions that prevented women from participating. The father of Wojdan Shaherkani, who stole the limelight at the London Olympics despite lasting only…

Romney urges ‘dramatic’ measures, not stimulus

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says the US economy needs “dramatic” measures to recover from a deep recession, but not another federal stimulus package. “I can absolutely make the case that now is the time for something dramatic and it is not to grow government,” the multimillionaire former…

Vietnam’s first gay pride parade helps unite the LGBT community

The first gay pride parade in communist Vietnam took place in the capital Hanoi on Sunday with dozens of cyclists displaying balloons and rainbow flags streaming through the city’s streets. Organised by the city’s small but growing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, the event went ahead peacefully with…

Afghan museum regains looted treasures

Hundreds of archaeological treasures looted from Afghanistan were returned to the war-torn country’s National Museum on Sunday after being recovered with the help of the British Museum. Many of the 843 artefacts were seized as they were being smuggled into Britain after some 70 percent of the museum’s contents were…

No regrets for India’s first Playboy ‘Playmate’

The first Indian woman to pose naked for Playboy magazine says she is proud to have “pushed the envelope” in a country where public nudity in any form remains largely taboo. Minor Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra, 28, will feature in a nude spread in the November issue of the magazine,…

Apple co-founder Wozniak predicts ‘horrible problems’ with cloud computing

Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, predicted “horrible problems” in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold. Wozniak, 61, was the star turn at the penultimate performance in Washington of “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” monologist Mike Daisey’s controversial two-hour expose of…

Ecuador court orders Chevron to pay $19 billion

An Ecuadoran court has ordered US oil firm Chevron to pay some $19 billion — a billion dollars more than an original order — by Monday for environmental damage. Attorney Juan Pablo Saenz said the plaintiffs could organize embargoes if Chevron does not comply with the order from a court…

Climate change to blame for extreme heat: NASA scientist

Human-driven climate change is to blame for a series of increasingly hot summers and the situation is already worse than was expected just two decades ago, a top NASA scientist said on Saturday. James Hansen, who directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, wrote in the Washington Post that…

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