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White House says no change in policy after surprise coalition change in Israel

A surprise coalition in Israel between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the center-right Kadima group will not make Washington change its “approach” to its close Mideast ally, the White House said Tuesday. “A new coalition in Israel will certainly not affect our policy approach. We continue to have…

‘Avengers’ draws anger over India slum scenes

The Avengers might be carrying all before it at the global box office, but in India, its healthy reported opening of INR110m (£1.3m) has been marred by high profile complaints over its portrayal of urban living conditions. Exception has been taken in regard to two brief scenes showing Bruce Banner…

Maurice Sendak, author of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ dead at 83

Author Maurice Sendak, a forever favorite of children around the world for his magical stories and inventive illustrations — including his classic “Where The Wild Things Are” — died Tuesday at the age of 83. His publisher said Sendak, who had a long history of heart trouble, died in Danbury,…

Niger is worst country to be a mother: report

Niger is the worst country on earth in which to be a mother, according to a report by Save the Children. The charity’s annual Mothers’ Index uses statistics covering female and child health and nutrition, as well as prospects for women’s education, economic prosperity and political participation in its assessment…

U.S. ambassador to Pakistan to step down

The US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, is to step down this summer after serving less than two years in the job, a US official said Tuesday. Munter has been Washington’s man on the diplomatic frontline at a time when relations between the two countries have dramatically worsened, especially over the covert raid…

Microsoft offers $99 Xbox consoles with a catch

Microsoft began testing whether a pricing strategy that has been a hit with smartphones will invigorate sales of its Xbox 360 videogame consoles. The technology titan began offering four-gigabyte consoles bundled with Kinect voice-and-gesture sensing controllers at select Microsoft stores in the United States for $99. The catch is that buyers must subscribe…

Google+ rolls out ‘Hangouts On Air’ worldwide

Google began letting members of its social network worldwide broadcast “hangouts” live to Internet titan’s growing online community. Hangouts On Air were introduced last year at Google+ with select high-profile members testing the service that lets as many as ten people at a time take part in virtual roundtable style video chats broadcast for…

Al-Jazeera closes bureau after China bars reporter

Al-Jazeera said on Tuesday it has shut its English-language bureau in Beijing after Chinese authorities expelled its correspondentMelissa Chan and failed to grant visas to other journalists. The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) said it was “appalled” by Beijing’s actions, calling the refusal to grant Chan a new visa a…

Greek leftists in bid to form anti-austerity coalition

Greece’s radical leftist Syriza party was set Tuesday to start trying to build an anti-austerity cabinet and prevent fresh elections, a day after the conservatives failed to form a coalition government. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras will be summoned by Greek President Carolos Papoulias at 1100 GMT and given three days to form agovernment, with debt-laden…

Activist says China helping him get passport to leave

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng said Tuesday officials have told him they will help him get a passport to leave, but friends and US embassy staff are still being blocked from visiting him in hospital. Chen also said he and his wife were unable to leave the hospital where he is being treated…

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