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Mongolians go to polls hoping for mining wealth

Resource-rich Mongolia headed to the polls Thursday to elect a new parliament, with both major parties telling frustrated voters they would deliver better shares of a stunning but divisive mining boom. Mongolia’s economy has exploded in recent years as mining giants such as Rio Tinto and China’s Shenhua moved in…

David Beckham fails to make UK Olympic team

Former England captain David Beckham revealed Thursday he had not been picked for Great Britain’s Olympic football squad. Beckham, regarded as a potential skipper of the side, confirmed in a statement he had not made the final 18-man squad as one of coach Stuart Pearce’s three over-age players. Pearce had…

Wildfire sparks exodus in Colorado city

Tens of thousands of Americans nervously awaited word Thursday of whether their homes had been destroyed when a wildfire tore into the outskirts of this western US city. Summer wildfires are common in the mountains of arid Colorado but rarely burst into residential areas, as the Waldo Canyon Fire did…

EU summit in spotlight as debt crisis deepens

EU leaders debate “a big leap forward” to strengthen their union and save the euro at a two-day summit starting Thursday, but divisions may scuttle efforts to shore up the single currency. European Union heads of state and government gather from 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) as the debt crisis, now…

Can women ‘have it all?’ US writer stirs debate

An Ivy League scholar and mother-of-two is touching a raw nerve by questioning whether high-flying career women with families, at least American ones, can truly “have it all.” Writing in The Atlantic magazine, Anne-Marie Slaughter cited her own downshift from powerful State Department official to mere Princeton University professor as…

News Corp board agrees to split in principle: WSJ

The board of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has agreed in principle to separate its larger entertainment division from struggling publishing businesses, according to the Wall Street Journal. An official announcement is expected to come Thursday, said the newspaper, which is one of the units of the global media-entertainment conglomerate. The…

Suu Kyi ends triumphant European tour in Paris

Myanmar’s democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi wraps up her triumphant tour of Europe in France on Thursday, after being lauded during her visits as a model of peaceful resistance to dictatorship. The Nobel Peace laureate — who spent almost two decades under house arrest for her freedom struggle —…

Watchdog group cites ‘deplorable’ abuse at Apple’s China suppliers

A labour rights group said Thursday it had found “deplorable” conditions at Apple suppliers in China, following a probe of several firms that make the US technology giant’s hugely popular products. New York-based China Labor Watch said a four-month investigation of 10 suppliers to Apple in southern and eastern China…

Americans favor Obama to defend against space aliens: poll

Nearly two in three Americans think President Barack Obama is better suited than Republican rival Mitt Romney to deal with an alien invasion, according to a survey released Wednesday. National Geographic Channel contacted 1,114 adults across the United States last month for its fanciful opinion poll ahead of its new…

Attorney General Holder faces historic contempt vote

US lawmakers and the Obama administration braced for a divisive and unprecedented Thursday vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress after 11th-hour talks failed to reach a deal. Defying calls from Democrats to scrap or postpone the vote to allow another chance for a…

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