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More protests in Egypt as Morsi plans meeting with judges

Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was to meet with senior judges on Monday in a bid to defuse a crisis that erupted after he assumed sweeping new powers, sparking strikes and deadly protests. The crisis talks, on the eve of rival rallies which threaten to deepen the country’s divisions, come…

Samsung finds ‘inadequate’ practices in China plants

Samsung Electronics said Monday that a probe of its suppliers in China had found no evidence of alleged child labour, but did uncover some “inadequate” employment practices that needed to be remedied. The South Korean technology giant inspected 105 Chinese partners in September following a report by China Labor Watch…

New factory fire in Bangladesh before national day of mourning

Bangladesh firefighters battled a new blaze at a garment factory Monday as the country prepared for a day of mourning after the death of 110 workers over the weekend in the export industry’s worst accident. The second fire broke out at a 12-storey facility on the outskirts of the capital…

Hamas chief backs Palestinian UN bid: statement

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal on Monday told Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas that his movement backs a bid for enhanced UN status for the Palestinians, a Hamas statement said. “Khaled Meshaal… held a telephone conversation with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in which he affirmed that Hamas welcomes the step of going…

WHO issues warning of SARS-like virus

WHO Issues Warning of SARS Like Virus in Middle East (via NewsLook) So far, the number of cases identified is small. But the fact it is so highly contagious, and has been brewing for months, has scientists concerned.…

Researchers find gene that can predict time of death

Researchers Find Gene That Can Predict Time of Death Researchers discovered a gene that determines what time of the day people die.…

Obama administration aims to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

The administration of President Barack Obama aims to keep around 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan after formal combat operations in that country end in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported late Sunday. Citing unnamed senior US officials, the newspaper said the plan was in line with recommendations presented by General…

Catholic brother accused of sex crimes flees

A former Catholic brother wanted in Australia on more than 250 child sex charges was reported Monday to have fled New Zealand for Sri Lanka before his extradition could be secured. Bernard McGrath is facing 252 child sex charges in Australia relating to his time in church-run institutions in the…

In world’s most religious country, humanists rally for secular space

In world's most religious country, humanists rally for secular space In Ghana, where deeply held religious beliefs unite much of the population, a new group has formed around a shared disbelief in religion. The Humanist Association of Ghana practices a philosophy that is mostly unheard of in Ghana, which a…

‘Party train’ to link California and Las Vegas

While the future for cross-country high-speed rail in America is questionable, one company is working on a specialized kind of rail service: a “party train” linking San Bernadino County in California to Las Vegas, Nev., reported Newsy. The Las Vegas Railway Express has signed an agreement with Union Pacific to…

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