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China may cut U.S. debt holdings

China’s sovereign wealth fund, which has more than $480 billion in assets, could cut holdings of US Treasury Bonds as they are becoming a less attractive investment, state media said Tuesday. The Shanghai Securities News quoted Lou Jiwei, chairman of sovereign wealth fund manager China Investment Corp (CIC), as telling…

Documents reveal U.S. sells arms to Bahrain’s anti-democracy government crackdown

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Despite Bahrain’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, the U.S. has continued to provide weapons and maintenance to the small Mideast nation. Defense Department documents released to ProPublica give the fullest picture yet of the arms sales: The list includes ammunition, combat vehicle parts, communications equipment, Blackhawk…

French president pushes for investment in clean energy

French President Francois Hollande called on Tuesday for pumping more investments in renewable energy projects to prepare for the post-oil era and to avoid global warming and very high oil prices. “If we don’t spend … we will have a catastrophe,” Hollande told the opening session of the World Future…

Thousands protest over rape of 7-year-old girl in India

Thousands protested in the holiday state of Goa on Tuesday after a seven-year-old girl was raped in a school toilet, sparking fresh outrage in India following a deadly gang-rape on a bus. Crowds began gathering outside the Deepvihar High School in the city of Vasco da Gama on Monday night…

Sri Lanka’s former chief justice fears for her life

Sri Lanka’s sacked chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake vacated her official residence in Colombo Tuesday, saying she feared for her life and that of her husband and son. “My life is in danger. The lives of all three of us are in danger,” Bandaranayake told reporters as she drove out. “I…

World cycling organization urges Armstrong to testify

Cycling’s world governing body on Tuesday called on Lance Armstrong to give evidence to its investigation into widespread doping, amid reports that the US rider would admit taking banned substances in an interview. The International Cycling Union (UCI) said in an emailed statement that it would not be commenting until…

Chinese Internet users hit 564 million in 2012

China’s population of Internet users grew by 50.9 million people in 2012 to 564 million, official data showed Tuesday, with mobile devices the main means of online access. The China Internet Network Information Center announced the figures on its website. The total population numbers 1.3 billion people. The centre last…

Japanese scientists breed salmon with surrogates from another species

Japanese scientists have successfully bred a type of salmon using surrogate parents of a different species, in a breakthrough that could help preserve endangered creatures, the chief researcher said Tuesday. Researchers froze the testes of the yamame salmon, a fish indigenous to Japan that lives its entire life in rivers,…

Iran hopes for UN nuclear agency deal

Iran hopes to reach a “comprehensive agreement” with UN nuclear agency experts during talks in Tehran on Wednesday over the Islamic republic’s disputed atomic activities, the foreign ministry said. Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast meanwhile announced Tuesday that Tehran and world powers had agreed on a date but not the venue…

Protesters demand ‘peaceful revolution’ in Pakistan

A cleric leading thousands of protesters was set for a showdown with the Pakistani government Tuesday after marching on Islamabad to demand a peaceful “revolution” and the dissolution of parliament. Tahir-ul Qadri, 61, delivered an ultimatum in an overnight address to supporters in the heavily fortified capital following a 38-hour…

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