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Indonesian Shiites persecuted as ‘heretics’ live in limbo

Condemned as heretics, a community of around 200 Shiite Muslims have for months lived as pariahs in a sports hall, driven from their Indonesian village after a deadly clash with Sunnis. In August, a mob of hundreds armed with sickles and swords hacked a Shiite man to death and torched…

Russian PM caught insulting investigators after interview

Stark divisions within Russia’s elite were exposed Monday when a hot mic mishap showed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev slamming security forces as “jerks” for launching an early morning raid against a filmmaker. Medvedev on Friday gave an extensive end-of-year interview to five Russian channels in a clear bid to keep…

More Republicans agree to higher tax rates for the wealthy, but at what cost?

More Republicans agree to higher tax rates for the wealthy One by one, Republicans seem to be toppling in the direction of President Obama’s insistence that wealthy Americans pay higher taxes. On Sunday, it was Sen. Bob Corker (R) of Tennessee, who told “Fox News Sunday” that Republicans likely would…

Divided European Union steps up to collect Nobel Peace Prize

Undermined by three years of economic crisis, the European Union steps up divided Monday to collect this year’s Nobel peace prize, awarded for turning Europe “from a continent of war to a continent of peace”. The Nobel medal, diploma and almost million-euro prize will be handed to the organisation’s top…

GM food a ‘good thing’: UK Environment Secretary

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson on Monday called for genetically modified food to be grown more widely and said opposition to it was “complete nonsense”, in an interview printed in the Daily Telegraph. The coalition government has allowed small-scale cultivation trials for GM food, raising speculation that it could end the…

Suffering from a bout of ‘lightheadedness,’ fugitive software pioneer John McAfee seeks return to the U.S.

US anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee said that he has filed legal motions with the Guatemalan government to avoid extradition to Belize, in hopes of being sent instead to the United States. “What we are doing is filing a series of papers, a series of filings with the court to…

Chavez to leave for Cuba for more cancer surgery

Hugo Chavez was set to leave for Cuba early Monday to undergo new cancer surgery that the Venezuelan leftist president admitted was urgently needed to fight the deadly disease. It will be the fourth time the firebrand anti-American populist, re-elected only last October, has undergone surgery since being diagnosed last…

Fire, flood or giant squash… pick your ‘End Times’ apocalypse

Devoured by a giant squash, engulfed by flood or flames, frozen in a nuclear winter or new ice age, mankind has looked to The End with fear and fascination since the dawn of civilisation. Nature’s cycles — day succeeding night, the four seasons — long fed fears of being plunged…

Tearful radio host ‘sorry’ for nurse’s family in UK

One of the Australian radio presenters who made a prank call to a London hospital treating Prince William’s wife Kate on Monday sobbed as she recalled hearing the news that a nurse had been found dead. Mel Greig and fellow presenter Michael Christian from Sydney radio station 2Day FM have…

Oil giant says August cyber attack targeted whole Saudi kingdom

Oil giant Saudi Aramco said on Sunday that an August cyber attack on its computer network targeted not just the company but the kingdom’s economy as a whole. The interior ministry, which joined Aramco’s investigation into the attack that affected some 30,000 of the firm’s computers, said it was carried…

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