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U.S. officials urge Congress to end trade curbs on Russia

WASHINGTON — US officials Wednesday upped pressure on Congress to scrap a decades-old law imposing trade restrictions on Moscow and predicted Russia could complete legal moves to join the WTO by late August. US Trade Representative Ron Kirk told US lawmakers that a 1974 law, the Jackson-Vanik amendment, under which…

Thousands of yoga fans take over Times Square

NEW YORK — Several thousand New Yorkers calmly invaded Times Square Wednesday, transforming it into an immense outdoor yoga class to salute the arrival of summer. Some 1,500 yoga mats were distributed free for the occasion, and pedestrian spaces in New York’s most frenetic crossroads were completely covered. All day,…

Uganda bans 38 NGOs for ‘promotion’ of LGBT issues

Uganda will ban 38 nongovernmental organisations for spreading homosexuality, the minister for ethics and integrity said on Wednesday. “I have investigated and established beyond reasonable doubt that these NGOs have been involved in the promotion and recruitment in terms of the [gay] issues,” Minister Simon Lokodo told AFP. Lokodo did…

Chinese dissident Weiwei banned from challenging multi-million-dollar tax bill

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was barred from a hearing Wednesday challenging a multi-million-dollar tax order against a firm he founded, he said, accusing authorities of trying to “crush” him. Ai, an internationally acclaimed artist also renowned for his political activism, disappeared into custody for 81 days last year as…

Vietnam’s tech-savvy entrepreneurs see boom in e-commerce

Vietnam’s young, tech-savvy population is turning to the Internet to break out of an economic system stifled by decades of communist rule, leading to a boom in e-commerce. Internet entrepreneur Thao Phuong earns twice as much money each month selling tropical fruit online to Hanoi housewives as she does from…

French Al-Qaeda leader captured in Pakistan

A French militant described as an Al-Qaeda leader linked to the 9/11 attacks has been captured in Pakistan, experts and a Pakistani official said Wednesday. Naamen Meziche was detained after disclosures by Younis al-Mauritani, apparently tasked by Osama bin Laden to plot attacks on Australia, Europe and the US and…

Afghan professor fired for book that calls ethnic group ‘liars, stubborn, violent and anti-Islamic’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday sacked four academics from a leading research centre over a book that sparked fury for reportedly insulting the Hazara ethnic group. The head of the Afghanistan Academy of Science and three other scholars were dismissed and referred to the attorney general’s office for questioning,…

Mother of world’s first test-tube baby dies at 64

The British woman who gave birth to the world’s first test tube baby has died aged 64, her family said on Wednesday. Lesley Brown made history on July 22, 1978 when her daughter Louise was born following pioneering in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. She died in hospital in Bristol, southwest England,…

Walgreens expanding globally despite refusing emergency contraception to men

Walgreens, already the largest drug retailing chain in the US, is to expand into the global marketplace with the takeover of Alliance Boots in the UK. It may have work to do on its reputation among female consumers, however, as it has repeatedly come under fire from US reproductive health…

Public health officials warn effort to eradicate polio at risk

The quest for polio eradication is faltering, with millions of children still unvaccinated and insufficient funds available to finish the job, the official monitoring group says in a new report. Global politics is having a severe impact on vaccination programmes in some parts of the world, according to health officials,…

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