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France summons Facebook over private messages rumor

The French government said on Tuesday it had summoned Facebook managers to explain rumours that some users’ old private messages were being posted publicly on the social network. In a joint statement, Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg and the junior minister for the digital economy, Fleur Pellerin, said Facebook managers…

Oxfam: Yemeni women worse off after uprising

Oxfam has warned that women in Yemen are worse off than before the uprising that ousted long-time dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh as a deepening humanitarian crisis in the country shows no signs of abating. In its latest report, entitled “Still waiting for change,” Oxfam said “four out of five” Yemeni…

Psy to dance half-naked if ‘Gangnam Style’ tops U.S. chart

South Korean rapper Psy pledged Tuesday to perform his signature horse-riding dance “half-naked” somewhere in his home city Seoul if his global hit “Gangnam Style” tops the US Billboard chart. The song is currently ranked 11 on the chart’s “Hot 100″ list. “If I do become number one on Billboard,…

Tibet exiles gather to debate change in China

Tibetan exiles began their biggest gathering in four years on Tuesday, eyeing a change of leadership in China and seeking ways to end a gruesome wave of self-immolation protests. About 400 Tibetans from around the world came together in the home of the exile community in mountainous northern India for…

Google launches Nexus 7 tablet in Japan

Google said on Tuesday it was launching its Nexus 7 tablet computer in Japan, aiming to take on Apple’s iPad in one of the most lucrative markets in the world. The Nexus 7′s 16 gigabyte model, powered by the latest generation of Android software is available to order at Google…

Syria’s extraordinary archaeological heritage falls prey to war

Syria’s extraordinary archaeological heritage has fallen prey to the fighting ravaging the country for more than 18 months, with destruction, theft and systematic looting on the rise. In a country where corruption and trafficking of archaeological artefacts and treasures was already a chronic problem, widespread clashes and a power vacuum…

Afghanistan hails decision to put two U.S. Marines on trial for urinating on dead Taliban fighters

Afghanistan on Tuesday welcomed a Pentagon decision to put two US Marines on trial for urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters and posing for photographs with them. The Pentagon announced that Staff Sergeants Joseph Chamblin and Edward Deptola will face court martial, a month after three other Marines…

Anchors aweigh for China’s first aircraft carrier

China’s first aircraft carrier entered service on Tuesday, the defence ministry in Beijing said, as the country expands its blue-water fleet at a time of increasing maritime tensions in the region. The ministry named the 300-metre (990-foot) vessel, a former Soviet ship bought from Ukraine, the Liaoning after the northeastern…

No tax, no sacraments, decrees German Catholic Church

Germany’s Roman Catholics who refuse to pay a church tax will be barred from receiving the sacraments or becoming a godparent, under controversial new restrictions entering into force on Monday. In a move decried by a progressive Catholic group, the German bishops’ conference last week issued a decree, saying it…

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wants to become an Australian citizen: reports

Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, revealed Tuesday his fondness for Australia and said he hopes to become a citizen. “I actually like this country and want to become a citizen,” he told the Australian Financial Review, saying he was particularly impressed with plans to roll…

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