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Turkish bulk carrier spilling oil on South African beaches

Oil from a Turkish bulk carrier that ran aground three years ago off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa’s prime tourist city, was spilling onto two beaches, officials said. Investigations on Saturday showed the vessel had disintegrated into three pieces, Cape Town city disaster management spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.…

Two killed in Brazil slum drug sweep

Two people were killed Saturday during a counter-narcotics operation by an elite police in a Brazilian slum, angering residents who blocked a main road into the city. The mayor’s central operations office in Rio de Janeiro reported that Brasil Avenue, which runs from the international airport downtown, was blocked for…

Oscar-winning songwriter Hal David dead at 91

Hal David, an Oscar- and Grammy-winning lyricist who produced dozens of hit songs with composer Burt Bacharach, died in Los Angeles. He was 91. David died of complications from a stroke, according to Jim Steinblatt, spokesman for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers that the songwriter once led.…

Egypt TV head denies inciting president’s murder

A television channel chief and presenter denied calling for the murder of President Mohamed Morsi when his trial on incitement charges opened in the Egyptian capital on Saturday. “I merely criticized President Morsi,” Tawfiq Okasha told judges at the court appearance, an AFP journalist reported. “This is a political trial.…

Obama, Romney trade job barbs in swing states

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney derided each other’s record on job creation Saturday as they made a fresh push through key battleground states. Gearing up for next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Obama rallied supporters in Iowa, a Midwestern state that helped launch…

Woman beats the odds to make Saudi Arabia’s first film

The female director of Saudi Arabia’s first feature film, showing at the Venice film festival, has explained how she beat the odds to produce the heartwarming tale of a girl’s quest to own a bicycle. In Haifaa Al Mansour’s landmark film “Wadjda,” 10-year-old Waad Mohammed plays a girl who is…

Dos Santos poised for victory with big lead in Angola vote

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was poised to extend his 33-year rule Saturday as his party took a hefty lead in the election count, despite frustrations among the poor at being left out of Angola’s oil boom. With 68 percent of the vote counted, his People’s Movement for the Liberation…

Putin’s top Russian parliament foe faces expulsion

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal and influential parliamentary critics said Saturday that prosecutors had asked lawmakers to expel him so that he could be charged with business crimes. Gennady Gudkov of the leftist A Just Russia party said he had received a copy of a letter the…

Online universities blossom in Asia

Thousands of kilometers from Kuala Lumpur in Cameroon, doctoral student Michael Nkwenti Ndongfack attends his Open University Malaysia classes online and hopes to defend his final thesis by Skype. A government worker, Ndongfack could not find the instructional design and technology course he wanted in his own country, so is…

Apple files new Samsung patent action in U.S.

Apple has filed a fresh patent infringement action in the United States against Samsung, alleging that the South Korean company is continuing to steal its technology despite a recent court ruling. The new claim was filed in San Jose, California on Friday and it says that Samsung, which last month was fined $1.05 billion by an American court for “willfully”…

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