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Google to end music search and download service in China

US Internet giant Google said Friday that it would stop providing music search and download services in China from next month after a disappointing response from users. More than two years ago, Google effectively shut down its Chinese search engine, providing mainland users with a landing page that redirects to…

Walmart plans to open first store in India within 18 months

US giant Walmart said on Friday it aims to open its first store in India within the next 12-18 months after the government opened the vast consumer market to foreign chains. “That is the plan — to open (stores) in 12 to 18 months,” a Walmart spokesman told AFP, declining…

Italian police use Facebook to track mafia

Italian police are making use of Facebook to identify criminal networks and even to catch gangsters who cannot resist posting updates while on the run, L’Espresso weekly reported on Friday. “For us it is an important tool,” Alessandro Giuliano, head of police detectives in Milan, was quoted as saying. “It…

James Murdoch set to run News Corp’s U.S. Fox TV business

James Murdoch is reportedly being lined up to run News Corporation’s Fox TV business in the US despite being sharply criticised by British broadcasting regulator Ofcom on Thursday. The role being discussed would put him in charge of the Fox Networks Group, which includes the Fox terrestrial TV network as…

This year’s Ig Nobel awards: Researchers monitor a dead salmon’s ‘brain activity’

When a team of scientists decided to work out the complex mathematics that control the shape and movement of a human ponytail, they had not set their sights on fame or glory. On Thursday, however, the British-American team behind the work were celebrated as this year’s laureates for the Ig…

Five dead, nearly 40 wounded in Thai south car bomb

PATTANI, Thailand: At least five people were killed and almost 40 more were wounded Friday after a car bomb detonated in a packed market in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, officials told AFP. “As of now five (are) dead including a paramilitary ranger and four civilians,” a Sai Buri district hospital official…

Fifteen wounded at Pakistan ‘Innocence of Muslims’ protest

Peshawar: At least 15 people, including three police officers, were wounded on Friday in clashes at a Pakistani protest against an anti-Islam film made in the United States, a hospital official said. A driver working for private TV station ARY was seriously wounded and hooked up to a ventilator, said…

U.S. takes to TV and YouTube to quell Muslim anger

Frustrated the US government’s message denouncing an anti-Islam film is failing to be heard, the State Department is turning to social media and television ads to try to stem global protests. Leading the way, the US embassy in Islamabad has edited and produced a 30-second TV advertisement broadcast across seven…

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi calls for release of Pussy Riot

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, on a landmark visit to the United States, called on Thursday for the release of jailed members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. The opposition lawmaker, who spent 15 years under house arrest, said she “would like the whole group to be…

Nigerian actor sent to prison over gay sex

A NIGERIAN actor has been sentenced to three months in prison after allegedly admitting to having sex with a man, deemed an “unnatural offence” under Nigerian law. Bestwood Chukwuemeka, who is not well known but has reportedly acted in movies produced by Nigeria’s prolific Nollywood film industry, was sentenced this…

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