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New faces of poor among Athens homeless

ATHENS — It is hard to miss the colourful house with its walls covered with graffiti in Metaxourgeio, a working-class Athens district. Here, immigrants push supermarket carts full of metal scraps, while in garages only old cars are being repaired. In this little red house, alongside the railway line, the…

British coach driver charged with manslaughter in France

REIMS, France — The driver of a British coach that crashed in northern France as it was taking schoolchildren home from a skiing trip was indicted Monday for manslaughter, a prosecutor said. The 47-year-old man, who was driving the coach that crashed in the early hours of Sunday, killing a…

Mexican prison riot kills 44

Members of Mexico’s Zetas drug gang killed 44 rivals from the Gulf cartel in a prison riot before staging a mass escape, possibly with help from authorities, Mexican officials said Monday. Prisoners bludgeoned and stabbed other inmates to death in one of Mexico’s deadliest prison riots Sunday in the Apodaca…

‘Hundreds gather’ in China after monk’s self-immolation

Hundreds of Tibetans gathered in China’s southwest to hold a vigil for a young Buddhist monk who set himself on fire, a rights group said, in the latest self-immolation to hit the country. The 18-year-old monk, identified as Nangdrol, set himself alight Sunday in Sichuan province’s Rangtang county, where one Tibetan was reportedly shot…

Republican presidential battle could get messy

On February 6, it all seemed so clear. Mitt Romney had won landslides in Florida and Nevada and looked set to soon lock up the Republican presidential nomination to take on Barack Obama in November. But if a week is a long time in US politics, two weeks is an age. The meteoric rise of Christian conservative Rick Santorum,…

Apple’s legal woes in China offer hope to rivals

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Apple Inc’s legal row over its iPadtrademark in China creates a window of opportunity for rivals such as Lenovo Group Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd as they try to chip away at the U.S. firm’s dominance of the potentially vast Chinese tablet market. Apple, the world’s most valuable technology company, is fighting lawsuits brought…

Nepal cracks down on cannabis at Hindu festival

Police in Nepal said they had cracked down on members of the public using cannabis at a major Hindu festival where the drug is smoked legally by thousands of holy men to honour a Hindu god. The wandering mystics — known as sadhus – use an ancient legal loophole to smoke marijuana during a night of…

Pakistanis shout ‘death to America’ in Islamabad

Several thousand Pakistanis poured onto the streets of Islamabad Monday, chanting “death to America” and demanding holy war at a rally whipped up by right-wing, religious and banned organisations. It was the latest show of support for Defence of Pakistan, a coalition of around 40 parties chaired by a cleric dubbed…

Samsung Electronics board endorses LCD spin-off

South Korean giant Samsung Electronics says its board has agreed to spin off its loss-making liquid crystal display (LCD) business. Samsung, the world’s largest maker of flat panels, memory chipsand flat-screen televisions, said its LCD unit would be launched as a separate entity on April 1 with capital of 750 billion won ($668 million). The LCD business suffered…

First Sun on Sunday to be printed next weekend

A new Sunday edition of Rupert Murdoch’s top-selling tabloid The Sun will hit the shelves this weekend, the paper said, seven months after the closure of its scandal-ridden sister title. “Rupert Murdoch said during his visit on Friday that a new Sunday title would be published ‘very soon’ – and that is a…

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