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Pakistan to scan all NATO containers

All containers passing through Pakistan to supply NATO troops in Afghanistan are to be scanned to ensure they do not contain lethal supplies, customs officials said Friday. Islamabad reopened overland routes to NATO convoys earlier this week after closing them in protest at a US air raid that killed 24…

Mali children raped, maimed, recruited by armed groups

The United Nations Childrens’ Fund said Friday that armed groups occupying northern Mali were recruiting children, while others had been raped and killed by explosive devices. UNICEF said in a statement that evidence collected since the end of March, when Islamists and other armed groups seized the northern half of…

U.K. government flies LGBT pride flag for first time

The government on Friday hoisted the rainbow flag symbolising gay pride over one of its ministries for the first time. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg requested the flag be flown on Whitehall, the central London street that houses several ministries, ahead of the World Pride parade celebrating gay rights in…

Hopes rise for better-than-bleak U.S. jobs report

After two rough months of poor jobs growth, the US labor market looks poised for a small June rebound in Friday’s official data but weak hiring remains the biggest roadblock to recovery. A trio of positive indicators Thursday offered a bit of wind behind hopes for a better reading to…

Analysts: Apple may trounce rivals with smaller iPad

Apple, which is expected to launch a mini version of its market-leading iPad tablet, could quickly overpower its rivals in the segment with the addition of the new product, analysts say. The launch expected later this year however would probably prompt Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to roll over in his…

IMF chief warns over slowing global growth

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Friday warned that the global economy was slowing, with a soon-to-be published growth outlook lower than earlier forecasts. “What I can tell you is that it will be tilted to the downside and certainly lower than the forecast that was published three months…

Obama raps China, Romney in debut campaign bus tour

President Barack Obama heralded his first re-election campaign bus tour with a new trade blast at China and fresh accusations his White House foe Mitt Romney helped send US jobs abroad. Obama set off through bellwether Ohio on his sleek, black, armored bus, touting his rescue of the US auto…

World meets in Paris to end Syria killings

The United States is set to call for tough UN sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle at a “Friends of Syria” meeting of over 100 Western and Arab nations in Paris Friday. But despite the estimated killing of more than 16,500 people in the 16-month uprising, key…

MegaUpload boss takes ‘freedom fight’ to Twitter

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has taken to Twitter as a self-styled “freedom fighter” as he waits to find out if the United States can extradite him from New Zealand to face online piracy charges. The German national has amassed more than 56,000 followers in less than three weeks since he…

Biomechanical legs are a giant step for robot-kind

Scientists in the United States say they have made the world’s most advanced pair of biomechanical legs, bringing the goal of human-friendly household robots a bit closer. About half the size of their human counterparts, the legs are the first to mimic walking in a biologically accurate, energy-efficient manner, say…

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