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Yemen president en route to U.S.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh was en route to the United States formedical treatment, Yemen’s state news agency said on Monday, after a dramatic farewell speech that left his opponents wary. The announcement came a day after Saleh in a televised address apparently marking the end of his rule appealed for forgiveness from the Yemeni people…

Stranded baby seals worry Dutch rescuers

A month ago, a young seal named Marco washed up on a beach on the northern Dutch Frisian island of Ameland, one of a growing number of recently stranded pups that has left his rescuers worried. Cold, hungry and riddled with parasites, Marco was taken to the Zeehondencreche (seal nursery),…

India ‘to complain to U.S. over Jay Leno temple gag’

India is to formally object to a joke by US TV host Jay Leno in which he said that the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine for Sikhs, was a summer home for wealthy presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Minister Vayalar Ravi termed the gag by “The Tonight Show” host as “quite unfortunate and quite objectionable” and said…

France risks Turkey anger with genocide law vote

French senators vote Monday on a bill to outlaw denial of theArmenian genocide, a move that a furious Turkey has vowed it would punish with “permanent” sanctions if it is passed into law. The French lower house drew a first wave of Turkish ire last month, when it approved the bill which…

U.S. drone strike kills four in Pakistan: officials

A US drone fired missiles into a vehicle, killing four militantsMonday in Pakistan’s Taliban and Al-Qaeda hub of North Waziristan that hugs the Afghan border, security officials said. It was only the third such US attack reported in the nuclear-armed state so far this year, following a moratorium after US firepower inadvertently killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, plunging…

Obama into fray as Republicans feud

As Republicans feud in a divisive nominating melee, President Barack Obama this week takes his reelection blueprint of economic justice for all direct and unfiltered to American voters. Obama will lay out his vision in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, seeking to defy political logic that suggests incumbent…

BlackBerry maker CEOs resign

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the co-chief executives of Research In Motion, have resigned following months of investor pressure for a change at the helm of the struggling BlackBerry maker. Chief operating officer Thorsten Heins was named president and CEO of the Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM, which has been steadily losing market share to Apple’s iPhone and handsets…

Hitachi to stop making televisions

Japanese high-tech giant Hitachi said it will stop making televisionsby the end of September as intense price competition hurts TV earnings at many electronics manufacturers worldwide. Hitachi will “terminate television production by the end of September” in Japan, said Sayori Nishino, a company spokeswoman, having already outsourced overseas TV manufacturing to foreign firms in 2009. But it will still…

Megaupload founder denies piracy, demands release

The founder of file-sharing site Megaupload.com appeared in a New Zealand court Monday demanding to be released from prison and denying he had done anything illegal. A judge reserved a decision until at least Tuesday on Kim Dotcom’s bail application as details emerged of his lavish champagne lifestyle involving fast…

Despite growth, few companies plan on hiring

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Few U.S. companies plan to step up hiring in the next six months although they do expect the economy to be a bit stronger this year, according to a poll released on Monday. The National Association for Business Economics’ industry survey found that two-thirds of respondents expected…

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