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News Corp shakes up Fox leadership

NEW YORK — News Corporation on Monday named Peter Rice as head of its Fox Networks Group as the media giant headed by Rupert Murdoch reorganized its leadership ahead of a likely split of the company. Rice, who has been head of entertainment for the unit since 2010, will now…

Nigerian pastor questioned over call for president to quit

LAGOS — Security agents on Monday questioned a fiery Nigerian pastor and ex-vice presidential candidate over comments he made to his congregation saying President Goodluck Jonathan should resign, a spokesman said. Tunde Bakare, a member of the opposition Congress for Progressive Change and pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly Church,…

U.S., China hold two days of human rights talks

WASHINGTON — The United States and China opened two days of talks on human rights here Monday, with Washington set to raise numerous issues including Tibet and the case of dissident Chen Guangcheng. The talks, an annual event, were being led on the US side by Assistant Secretary Michael Posner,…

How to buy 18,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet

Spend just a few minutes browsing the internet and it becomes clear how James Holmes was able to stockpile 6,000 rounds of ammunition without any alarms sounding. Huge amounts of ammunition can be purchased online in a matter of minutes and can be shipped straight to customers’ doors, no questions…

Why India is the worst place for women in the G20

In an ashram perched high on a hill above the noisy city of Guwahati in north-east India is a small exhibit commemorating the life of India’s most famous son. Alongside an uncomfortable-looking divan where Mahatma Gandhi once slept is a display reminding visitors of something the man himself said in 1921:…

Syria threatens to use chemical weapons against possible attack

Syria admitted Monday it has chemical weapons and warned of using them if attacked, though not against its own civilians, as regime troops reclaimed most of Damascus after a week of heavy clashes. Fighting was still raging in Syria’s second-biggest city of Aleppo, however, as rights activists reported violence across…

Afghan cleric arrested for raping 10-year-old girl

Afghan police have arrested a cleric for allegedly raping a 10-year-old schoolgirl in northern Afghanistan, officials said Monday. Maulawi Sayed Ahmad was arrested in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province, on Saturday after police caught him in the act of sexually assaulting the girl, the interior ministry said in a…

Clinton: United States committed to ‘AIDS-free generation’

The United States is committed to the goal of an AIDS-free generation and will step up its efforts to stem the world pandemic, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a global conference Monday. “The United States is committed and will remain committed to achieving an AIDS-free generation. We will not…

News Corp. unveils educational tablet

News Corp. said Monday it would launch a new tablet computer with AT&T aimed at the education market to bring “digital innovation” to the classroom. The media conglomerate headed by Rupert Murdoch said the effort would come from its education division which is being renamed Amplify. “Amplify is dedicated to…

Cancer-causing agent found in Chinese-made baby formula

A Chinese dairy has been ordered to suspend production after a cancer-causing toxin was found in its infant formula, China’s quality watchdog said Monday, in the country’s latest milk scare. Ava Dairy Co. Ltd has started a recall after high levels of aflatoxin, which is caused by mould, was found…

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