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Pakistan army wants Zardari out but not a coup

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful army is fed up with unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari and wants him out of office, but through legal means and without a repeat of the coups that are a hallmark of the country’s 64 years of independence, military sources said. Tensions are rising between…

Man dressed as Santa rescues driver from burning vehicle

DALLAS (Reuters) – A former volunteer firefighter in a Santa suit grabbed a man from a burning vehicle and then directed traffic around a two-vehicle traffic accident this week in the Dallas area, the Santa-clad man said on Wednesday. Brad Luddeke received worldwide attention after photos shot by passersby of…

Iran moves websites to avoid cyber attacks

Iran has moved most of its government websites to local hosts to protect them from cyber attacks, the country’s deputy communications minister said on Thursday. Ali Hakim Javadi, who is also head of Iran’s technology organisation, said more than 90 percent of the websites had already been transferred as “it…

Bullying troops charged in death of fellow soldier

KABUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) – - The U.S. Army has charged eight soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in the death of Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old Chinese-American who was bullied and taunted by fellow troops over his heritage. Chen was found in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan after apparently shooting himself,…

Ohio bans abortion funding in health insurance exchanges

(Reuters) – Republican Governor John Kasich on Wednesday signed into law a measure that prohibits abortion coverage under the insurance exchange Ohio must create to comply with the U.S. healthcare law championed by President Barack Obama. The law bans Ohio citizens from being able to purchase insurance through the exchange…

Sandusky case triggers jump in U.S. abuse calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Child molestation charges against a former Penn State football coach have sparked an unprecedented awareness of sexual abuse marked by a sharp upturn in calls to abuse hotlines and lawyers, attorneys and counselors said on Wednesday. More allegations of sexual abuse and a growing number of lawsuits…

North Korea’s military to share power with Kim’s heir

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week’s death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the…

China tightens rules for bloggers

BEIJING (Reuters) – China further tightened rules on microblogs on Thursday, requiring new authors on seven websites in southern Guangdong province to register their real names, state-run Xinhua news agency reported, in a move users decried as ineffective. Microblogs such as Sina’s Weibo allow users to issue messages of a…

Bombs kill 57 as Iraq mired in political crisis

A wave of attacks in Baghdad Thursday killed 57 people as Iraq faced a political crisis, with its vice president accused of running death squads and the premier warning he could break off power-sharing. The apparently coordinated blasts and the murder of a family-of-five in restive Diyala province were the…

Chinese scientist gets 7 years for stealing corporate secrets

A Chinese scientist was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for stealing trade secrets of major US agribusiness firms to benefit China. Huang Kexue, 46, stole secrets on organic insecticides from Dow AgroSciences, where he worked from 2003-2008, and handed them over to research students at or linked…

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