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36 more arrested in Quebec student protests

Police in Quebec arrested 36 protesters in the latest demonstrations over plans to raise university tuition hikes, authorities said Tuesday. The demonstrations, which took place in the town of Sherbrooke late Monday, could result in fines of between $1,000 and $5,000, according to authorities, who said about 100 protesters, mostly…

Canadian anti-whaling activist blames Japan for recent arrest in Germany

Militant environmental group Sea Shepherd’s leader Paul Watson on Tuesday suggested Japan was involved in his recent arrest in Germany, as he vowed to continue his campaign against whaling. Watson is on bail while German authorities decide whether he can be extradited to Costa Rica on charges stemming from a…

First woman to command Royal Navy warship takes helm

Four hundred and fifty years after the founding of the modern Royal Navy, a woman will take command of a major British warship on Tuesday for the first time. Women have captained smaller vessels, likesuch as minesweepers, but not the large frigates and destroyers, which are regarded as the bulwarks…

Microsoft sees ‘rebirth’ with new Windows 8 system

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 series — featuring an upgraded cloud computing service — marks a “rebirth” of its operating systems, chief executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday. Ballmer described Windows 8 as the “deepest, broadest and most impactful” Windows software ever created by the US tech giant, after the current Windows 7 sold at…

‘Grandpa’ fights for Bulgarian zoo’s survival

“Come babe, come to grandpa. Don’t be afraid,” Behcet Ali coos as he handfeeds two eight-month-old lion cubs at his tiny zoo in the sleepy northeastern Bulgarian town of Razgrad. At 82, Bai (Granddad) Behcet, as he is known locally, is Bulgaria’s oldest zookeeper, famous for raising over 15 lion cubs during his 33 years of…

U.S. Senate approves sanctions against Iran

The US Senate approved new sanctions against Iran aimed at convincing the Islamic Republic to suspend its uranium enrichment, which western powers say is a cover for developing nuclear weapons. The measure was approved unanimously ahead of talks Wednesday in Baghdad between Iran and representatives of the world’s main powers. The bill allows President Barack Obama to impose…

U.S. rules pomegranate juice claims deceptive

Pomegranate juice has not been proven to be an effective treatment for cancer, heart disease or erectile dysfunction, US regulators said Monday, calling a company’s ad claims deceptive. The US Federal Trade Commission’s chief administrative law judgeD. Michael Chappell ruled that the company, POM Wonderful LLC, violated federal law by making deceptive claims. The judge ordered the…

LG Display builds new LCD plant in China

LG Display, one of the world’s largest flat screen makers, said Tuesday it had started work on a new liquid crystal display plant inChina, the world’s largest market for LCD televisions. The world’s second biggest liquid crystal display TV maker afterSamsung Electronics said commercial operation at the factory inGuangzhou would start in the second half of…

U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan ‘plans to quit’

US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, a veteran diplomat who previously served as the US envoy to Iraq, Pakistan and Syria, plans to step down soon, CBS news reported early Tuesday. The surprise news came after the conclusion of a NATO summit in Chicago in which leaders charted a path out of the unpopular war in…

World’s soccer organization FIFA appoints first woman to executive committee

FIFA has appointed the first woman to its executive committee on Tuesday, as world football’s governing body bids to restore its image after a series of corruption scandals. Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, has been co-opted onto the executive committee and will be formally installed at the FIFA Congress in Budapest on Friday, FIFA said in a…

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