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Liberian ex-leader Charles Taylor guilty of Sierra Leone war crimes

Liberian ex-leader Charles Taylor was convicted Thursday of arming rebels who killed and mutilated thousands in Sierra Leone, in a historic verdict for international justice. Taylor, 64, was found guilty on all counts including acts of terrorism, murder and rape committed by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels, who paid…

Cher ‘upset’ as Adelaide key sells for $95,900

US singer Cher is “upset” and trying to get to the bottom of why a key to the city of Adelaide she was given in 1990 ended up on eBay, selling Thursday for nearly US$100,000. The appearance of the brass key and an accompanying memorial plaque on the Internet auction house offended…

Game giant Nintendo posts first annual loss

Japanese videogame giant Nintendo on Thursday posted its first annual loss since becoming a public company, blaming a soaring yen and price cuts on its consoles for sinking it $530 million into the red. The Kyoto-based company in August slashed the price of its newNintendo 3DS by about 40.0 percent in Japan after a…

Israel’s Peres dismisses Holocaust, Iran comparison

President Shimon Peres on Thursday distanced himself from the Israeli premier’s comparison between the Holocaust and the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear programme. “It’s not the same thing,” Peres told the Ynet website of Yediot Aharonot newspaper in an interview for Israel’s independence day. “Holocaust is one thing and Iran is another. The comparison is out of place. But…

Charles Taylor’s blood diamond trial opens

An international court opened on Thursday its judgement hearing for Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor, accused of arming Sierra Leone’s rebels who paid him in “blood diamonds”. Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and red tie, Taylor listened attentively and made notes as judge Richard Lussick started reading a summary of the verdict…

Thousands of Norwegians to sing song Breivik hates

Thousands of Norwegians were to gather in Oslo on Thursday to protest against mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik by singing a folk song he hates and which he considers a Marxist indoctrination method. After an Internet campaign, more than 5,000 people have said they plan to meet at a square…

The ultimate babysitter? iPads for infants stir debate

Twenty-two-month-old George sits on a tiny blue chair, at a baby-sized desk, playing with a grown-up toy — an iPad, sign of a powerful trend that has set alarm bells ringing among child developmentexperts. Leaning over the tablet, the little Parisian finger-stabs the duck icon on “Moo Box”, an application with animal images that…

No evidence that mobile phones harm health: study

There is no convincing evidence that the use of mobile phonesdamages human health, a “comprehensive” review of scientific evidence said on Thursday. Studies have not demonstrated that the use of mobiles causes brain tumours or any other cancer, according to the review by the Health Protection Agency (HPA)’s independent advisory group on non-ionising radiation. But it said it was…

Murdoch says ‘someone took charge of a cover-up’

Rupert Murdoch said on Thursday that there was a “cover up” over phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid but that it was kept hidden from him and senior executives in his media empire. “There’s no question in my mind that, maybe even the editor but beyond that, someone took charge…

Apple enjoying fruit of China’s labor

SAN FRANCISCO — People in China are not only making coveted Apple gadgets, they are snapping them up as the booming nation becomes a top market for the trend-setting California company. Aftershocks of blockbuster Apple earnings powered by demand for iPhones in China echoed in rising stock markets on Wednesday.…

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