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Eurozone jobless numbers hit record 18 million

AFP – Jobless numbers across the 17-nation eurozone hit a record 18 million in July, the EU statistics agency said Friday. An additional 88,000 people joined the ranks of the unemployed throughout July, although upwardly-revised June data meant that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 11.3 percent, with Eurostat confirming…

Asylum-boat survivors ‘watched others drown’

A total of 54 people — mostly males and believed to be Afghan — were plucked from the water after their rickety wooden boat broke up and sank early Wednesday as they tried to make their way to Australia. Hopes were fading Friday for around 100 more still missing. The…

Tokyo court rejects Apple patent claim against Samsung

A Japanese court on Friday rejected Apple’s claim that South Korean rival Samsung stole the US firm’s technology for its own products. The Tokyo District Court ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s patents on its iPhone and iPad computer for some of its Galaxy smartphones and tablet computer,…

Sun Myung Moon illness ‘irreversible’: Unification Church

The illness of Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon is “irreversible”, the church said Friday, after he was hospitalised with complications from pneumonia more than two weeks ago. Moon, 92, has critical organ failure and is on life support, it said in a statement. Spokesman Ahn Ho-Yeol told AFP that…

U.S. threatens legal action over SEAL’s bin Laden book

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon threatened legal action against the former Navy SEAL who has written a book recounting his role in the May 2011 raid that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Just days before the release of the first-hand account of the operation on Pakistani soil, the Pentagon’s top…

Romney accepts Republican presidential nod

TAMPA, Florida — Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination with a prime-time pitch to voters on the final night of the party convention in Tampa, Florida. “Mr Chairman and delegates, I accept your nomination for president of the United States,” the 65-year-old Romney said to massive…

Apple shoots down drone strike tracking iPhone app

SAN FRANCISCO — The maker of an application that would alert iPhone users to US military drone strikes said Thursday that Apple has repeatedly shot down his efforts to get it into the App Store. “I just wanted to make a simple app that would send a push notification every…

Young-gun Republicans ready for their star turn

TAMPA, Florida — America’s Grand Old Party, meet your Generation Next — a fresh-faced crop of 30- and 40-something Republicans led by VP pick Paul Ryan who buzz with youthful energy as they shake up the party establishment. While homage has been paid to the party’s elder statesmen at the…

West Nile virus claims first victim in Maryland

WASHINGTON — The West Nile virus, responsible for more than 60 deaths in the United States so far this year, has now claimed its first victim in the eastern state of Maryland, state health officials said Thursday. “We reported 13 cases of West Nile virus that occurred since the 1st…

Obama to highlight Iraq withdrawal on Friday

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will Friday mark the second anniversary of his declaration of the end of US combat missions in Iraq, highlighting his leadership credentials at a key political moment. Obama will fly to Fort Bliss in Texas to meet service members and their families, one day after…

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