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Chinese author Mo Yan wins Nobel literature prize

Chinese author Mo Yan on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize for writing that mixes folk tales, history and the contemporary, the Swedish Academy announced. “Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the…

Benghazi attack testimony claims state department ignored warnings

Former security chiefs testify at heated House committee hearing that safeguarding US embassy in Libya was a ‘struggle’ Two former heads of US diplomatic security in Libya have told a congressional hearing that requests for additional agents to protect American officials and premises in the face of a growing threat…

Kellogg recalls cereal over metal fragment fears

AFP - Kellogg Company has recalled millions of boxes of cereal over fears of contamination from metal fragments that fell off during manufacturing, according to a document filed with US authorities. A company spokesman said late Wednesday the recall concerns some 3.2 million boxes of “Mini-Wheats” cereal sold in the United…

World cycling body to study Armstrong evidence

AFP - Cycling’s world governing body on Thursday said it would look at a US Anti-Doping Agency report that accused seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of being at the centre of a widespread doping conspiracy. “The UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) will examine all information received in order to consider…

Pussy Riot ruling sows division says Russia media

AFP - The court ruling that saw one member of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot walk free from court has generated new tensions in a case that is far from over, Russian media reported on Thursday. A Russian appeals court on Wednesday unexpectedly ordered the release of Yekaterina Samutsevich, but…

Shot Pakistan teen activist improving after surgery

AFP - A Pakistani child activist shot in the head by the Taliban is slowly improving but will remain sedated in intensive care for at least another 24 hours, a relative said Thursday. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the scenic Swat valley has been denounced…

Denying girls school entrenches poverty: report

AFP - Millions of girls worldwide are not going to school, an education gap that condemns them to lives of hardship and entrenches broader extreme poverty, a new report said Thursday. The report, “Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2012,” was released in New York by…

China bloggers expose more corruption: reports

AFP - Chinese officials have launched a probe after microbloggers said they had uncovered another allegedly corrupt leader who owns millions of dollars worth of property, state press said on Thursday. Southern Guangzhou city will investigate urban management official Cai Bin, 56, who has 21 homes valued at 40 million yuan…

Bankrupt Kodak cuts retirement benefits

AFP - Eastman Kodak will be scaling back benefits paid to retirees as part of a restructuring program aimed at pulling the century-old photography pioneer out of bankruptcy. Medical, dental, life insurance and survivor income benefits, which were costing the company $10 million per month, will be terminated at the end…

French Islamic group ‘biggest terror threat since 90s’

 A French prosecutor said Thursday he would pursue charges of attempted murder and terrorism against seven of the 12 suspected Islamist extremists arrested at the weekend. Francois Molins, the Paris prosecutor, said the seven had been part of an “active terrorist cell” that posed the biggest threat of its kind…

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