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Former Police frontman Sting to ‘move on’ as world tour hits final stretch

Sting may be celebrating 25 years in music, but the one-time “Police” frontman hates to look back, he told AFP on the final stretch of a year-long tour that wraps up in Asia in December. “I’m not a very nostalgic person. It’s just not in my nature,” the singer said…

French await ‘hard words’ report on how they must compete in world economy

France is in a state of alarm about its slumping ability to pay its way in the world, and a report on industrial competitiveness due on Monday is expected to add fuel to a hot debate about the causes, solutions and effects. The so-called Gallois report, named after its author…

U.S. soldier to appear in court over massacre of 16 Afghan villagers

A US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers was due in court Monday for the first time since the massacre, as his wife proclaimed his innocence and said he had no recollection of having committed the crime. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is expected to attend the Article 32 hearing,…

Romney campaign says it could take Pennsylvania

Romney campaign says it could take Pennsylvania. Hail Mary pass? In the last two days of the presidential campaign, Pennsylvania has become a key battleground state – at least if you listen to the Romney campaign. The state is very much in play, they say, despite being heavily Democratic in…

Obama and Romney fans wage Twitter war

As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made a final dash Sunday for the coveted US presidency less than 48 hours ahead of election day, their supporters took to Twitter to wage a strident online war of words. Using the hashtags #WhyImNotVotingForObama and #WhyImNotVotingForRomney netizens took to the social network to…

Foreign investors dip toes back into eurozone

Reassured by ECB anti-crisis moves, major international investors have begun dipping their toes back into the eurozone, even though they don’t believe the crisis is over. “The worst-case scenarios of those who had feared the eurozone would disappear has receded a bit,” said Jean-Louis Mourier, an economist at Aurel BGC…

Pope butler’s ‘accomplice’ goes on trial

A Vatican computer technician will go on trial Monday on charges of helping the pope’s former butler steal papers, in a case that could expose other whistle-blowers within the secretive Holy See. Claudio Sciarpelletti’s trial follows the conviction of ex-butler Paolo Gabriele, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail…

New York officials warn of new Sandy crisis as temperatures plummet

Authorities in the north-east United States are warning of a new crisis facing the region as cold weather heads towards tens of thousands of people who still have no power or heat and are living in homes damaged by superstorm Sandy. While much of New York City is approaching a semblance of normality, state…

‘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…

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