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Hundreds line up for ‘Wii U’ debut in Japan

Hundreds of people queued up at electronics shops across Japan Saturday as Nintendo released its new Wii U game console, hoping to reposition itself in a gaming market invaded by online social games. About 100 people were waiting outside Bic Camera’s flagship store in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro commercial district before it…

French PM vows to tackle Corsican ‘spiral of crime’

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Sunday vowed that his government will take all necessary means to counter “the spiral of crime,” on the island of Corsica. “What has happened on Corsica is intolerable,” he said in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche weekly, after a night of fresh…

North Korea considers postponing rocket launch

North Korea said Sunday it was considering postponing a planned long-range rocket launch originally set for between December 10 and 22. The Korean Committee for Space Technology said its scientists and engineers were “considering seriously the possibility of readjusting the launch period”, citing unspecified problems. “We are now in the…

One dead and wounded in Syria-related skirmishes in Lebanon

One person was killed and six wounded in the north Lebanese city of Tripoli on Saturday in sectarian clashes linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, a security official said. Fighting with machine guns and rockets erupted between the impoverished districts of Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, pitting Sunnis against…

Baku to host inaugural European Games

The Azerbaijan capital Baku will host the inaugural European Games in 2015 it was announced in Rome on Saturday after a motion to hold the continental Games was passed by a general assembly of the 49-member European Olympic Committees (EOC). The brainchild of EOC president Pat Hickey, who came up…

Human chain in Morocco against abuse of women

Hundreds of people formed a human chain in Rabat on Saturday to denounce all forms of violence against women, an AFP correspondent reported. “We are here to denounce physical, verbal and moral violence, as well as the harassment of women,” said a member of “Spring of Dignity,” a coalition of…

UN’s Ban says Kyoto Protocol extension only first step

UN leader Ban Ki-moon believes a new deal on fighting global warming is only a first step and that governments must do “far more” to stop rising temperatures, his spokesman said Saturday. Ban welcomes the package of agreements made in Qatar’s capital Doha to combat climate change and extend the…

Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital for tests

Nelson Mandela was on Saturday admitted to a hospital for tests consistent with old age and is doing well, the office of South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, announced. “Former President Nelson Mandela has today, 8 December 2012, been admitted in hospital in Pretoria to undergo tests,” Zuma’s office announced. Mandela…

Mobster uses mass campaign emails from Obama and other politicians in court to ‘prove’ he’s well-connected

Collection of letters presented to the court include standard mass email replies from Bill Clinton and Barack Obama From the fictional Tony Soprano to the real word “Dapper Don” John Gotti, US mafia members are known for their brazen audacity. But low-ranking mob associate Tony “Tony O” O’Donnell may have…

Italy’s Berlusconi announces fresh run for PM

Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday ended weeks of speculation by announcing he would run again for the job of prime minister, which he was forced out of last year. “I am running to win,” the leader of the right-wing populist People of Freedom (PDL) party told journalists in Milanello, near the…

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