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South Africa marks World AIDS Day with record ribbon

South Africa, home to the world’s largest HIV caseload, on Saturday unveiled a 1.5 kilometre AIDS ribbon in Johannesburg, with activists and officials pledging to curb the epidemic. Created from over 6,000 red T-shirts pinned together, the ribbon was rolled out at Constitution Hill, which houses the country’s Constitutional Court,…

News Corp. taps WSJ editor as publishing CEO

Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate News Corp. plans to name Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson as chief executive of its publishing spinoff, the newspaper said on Saturday. The Journal cited people familiar with the matter as saying that the name of the new publishing company, along with senior executive…

Israeli settlement expansion ‘sets back’ peace bid: Clinton

The United States criticized Israel’s decision to build 3,000 settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling it a setback for peace. The White House earlier called the move — which came in response to a historic vote in the UN General…

‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling dismayed by British PM on press ‘intrusions’

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling accused British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday of betraying victims of press intrusion after he opposed calls by a major inquiry for laws to regulate newspapers. Rowling, who told the Leveson Inquiry last year that journalists had repeatedly invaded her children’s privacy, said Cameron…

Psy admits he gets sick of ‘Gangnam Style’

South Korean pop music sensation Psy admitted Saturday that he sometimes gets sick of his massive hit “Gangnam Style” but will continue performing the number that made him world-famous. Speaking at a news conference in Singapore ahead of a free performance for fans, the 34-year-old — clad in a black…

Obama urges immediate tax cut extension for middle class

US President Barack Obama urged Congress on Saturday to immediately extend a tax cut for middle class Americans, arguing the move will give 98 percent of families and 97 percent of small businesses certainty that will lead to faster economic growth. “Congress can do that right now. They can give…

Give back our money, savers yell at Spain banks

Furious Spaniards who say banks cheated them of their savings took to the streets Saturday demanding that the bailed-out lenders give them their money back. “Thieves! Where is our money?” bellowed a crowd of some 1,000 protesters, many of them elderly, outside the central bank in Madrid before marching on…

Video games really are art, MoMA says

Video games really are art, MoMA says The Museum of Modern Art, in New York, has finally confirmed what gaming geeks have known for years: That the best video games are fine art.  Beginning in March of next year, the MoMA will mount a permanent exhibition in its Philip Johnson Galleries,…

For Amish, fastest-growing faith group in U.S., life is changing

For Amish, fastest-growing faith group in US, life is changing For Jacob Beachy, life moves along much as it always has. Every day, there are the 35 cows that need tending, as well as 90 acres of farmland. His is the life of an Amish farmer, in which family, work,…

Mexico inaugurates new President Peña Nieto, but takes on ‘old’ party reputation

Mexico inaugurates new President Peña Nieto, but takes on 'old' party reputation Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto takes office today, but when Mexicans chose him as president in July, they voted for more than just a presidential platform. Voters elected to bring back to power a party that ran the…

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