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Paul McCartney looks back on his life as he turns 70

His ballad “Yesterday” is one of the most covered songs in history — but as he turns 70 on Monday, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney shows no signs of settling back to reflect on his extraordinary past. Fresh from wowing huge crowds at Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee concert and with another…

Ford employees stage 24-hour strike in UK

British employees of US car giant Ford were staging a 24-hour strike on Monday in a row over pay and pensions. The Unite trade union said the walkout from 0500 GMT would affect plants at Dagenham in east London, Bridgend in south Wales, Halewood in north-west England and Southampton in…

American craft beer’s popularity behind record number of breweries

After a long day in the classroom, middle school teacher Melissa Repsch likes nothing more than to sit down to a fine dinner with beer — craft beer, that is. Like a growing number of Americans, she has developed a passion for full-flavored beers from small-volume, fiercely independent local breweries…

Americans: Supreme Court decision on health reform will be political

With the US Supreme Court set to rule within days on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms many Americans are fearful of the political fallout of the decision. While the nation’s nine top justices are meant to base their decisions on the framework provided by the centuries-old…

Iran, world powers begin another round of nuclear talks

World powers on Monday sought to wring concessions out of Iran to defuse the decade-long crisis over its nuclear drive at talks in Moscow billed as a last chance to find a diplomatic solution. Western diplomats were looking for signs that Iran could show willingness to scale down the intensity…

China gets closer to first space station with first automatic manned space dock

China completed its first automatic space docking on a manned mission Monday, before the three astronauts on board enter an orbiting module — a key step towards the nation’s first space station. The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, which took off Saturday carrying the nation’s first female astronaut, came together with the Tiangong-1…

Aboriginal rock art shown to Australian scientists dated at 28,000 years old

Aboriginal rock art found in remote Australia has been dated at 28,000 years old, experts said Monday, prompting new speculation that indigenous communities were among the world’s most advanced. Archaeologists picked up the fragment in inaccessible wilderness in Arnhem Land in the country’s north a year ago, and recent carbon…

UN calls Syrian bombardment of Homs ‘crimes against humanity’

Syrian forces on Monday shelled rebel bastions in Homs and Damascus despite pleas for help from the opposition and a warning by the United Nations that such bombardment amounted to crimes against humanity. US President Barack Obama, meanwhile, is due to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a G20…

Bloomberg remains firm on stop and frisk policy despite march

Thousands of people marched in silence in New York to protest against street checks by police that rights activists say disproportionately target blacks and Hispanics. The demonstration, called by civil rights organizations, began in Harlem and moved south through Manhattan to the residence of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Manhattan’s posh…

Socialists claim majority of seats in French parliament

France’s Socialists won control of parliament Sunday, handing President Francois Hollande the convincing majority he needs to push through his tax-and-spend agenda to battle the eurozone debt crisis. The Socialists’ bloc obtained between 308 and 320 seats — an absolute majority in the 577-seat National Assembly — and so will…

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