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‘Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing’ author dies

Renowned Chinese-born writer Han Suyin, whose autobiographical novel was turned into the popular American film “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing”, has died in Lausanne, Switzerland, Chinese and Swiss media said Sunday. She was 95. Han, the author of about 40 books on modern China, died Friday, the Chinese state news…

European leaders seek Asian support on debt crisis

Dozens of European and Asian leaders will gather in impoverished Laos on Monday for a major summit set to be dominated by the eurozone debt crisis and growing territorial tensions in the region. Top European officials including French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti are due to…

Kuwait police use stun grenades against protest

Kuwaiti riot police used stun grenades and smoke bombs against thousands of demonstrators who blocked a major road south of the capital on Sunday as the emir met four leading opposition figures. After elite special forces and police completely sealed off the original protest site in Kuwait City, organisers told…

Report: Israeli PM ordered strike on Iran in 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak in 2010 ordered the army to prepare an attack against Iranian nuclear installations, though the order was later rescinded, Israeli television said Sunday. According to private television Channel 2, the order was not implemented due to opposition from the army…

Russian TV remakes British hit with Soviet twist

After a car crash, a tough Moscow cop is mysteriously transported back to 1979, with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev on the television, red-kerchiefed Young Pioneers still active and a far lower tolerance of police violence. Russia’s most popular television channel has remade the BBC’s cult time-travel drama “Life on Mars”,…

Car blast rocks Benghazi while clashes rage in Libyan capital

Libya’s two largest cities were rocked by violence on Sunday with clashes between militias wounding five in the capital and a car blast hurting three policemen in Benghazi. Rival armed groups battled it out for more than 12 hours in a central residential area of Tripoli. The clashes centred around…

Raspy Clinton gives full-throated backing to Obama

In a raspy whisper, Bill Clinton said words many Democrats never thought they would hear, telling a huge Barack Obama crowd: “I have given my voice in the service of my president.” So Clinton has — literally, with his exhaustive campaigning for a candidate he once disdained, and figuratively, by…

Apple’s iPhone loses name battle with Mexico’s iFone

MEXICO CITY — A Mexican telecommunications firm named iFone has declared victory in a trademark battle with Apple’s iPhone, exposing the US company to a potential compensation payment. The Mexican firm said in a statement that a court denied Apple’s bid to protect the iPhone name in a case that…

New York faces housing crisis after Sandy superstorm

NEW YORK — New York confronted a growing housing crisis on Sunday with tens of thousands left homeless by superstorm Sandy as temperatures plunged and giant queues built up for fuel. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg estimated that 30,000-40,000 houses in the city alone had been left unusable by…

Romney’s Mormon faith stirs little in 2012 election

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney could make history as the first Mormon president of the United States if he wins Tuesday’s election after a hard-fought campaign in which his faith has hardly been a factor, analysts say. Romney is a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,…

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