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‘Occupy Wall Street’ puts its hopes in spring rebirth

Two months after being ejected from their campsite in New York’s financial district, the founders of Occupy Wall Street hope the arrival of spring will breathe new life into a flagging campaign. On Thursday, barely 20 people attended the daily General Assemblymeeting at Zuccotti Park, the square where the OWS movement was born in September last year…

Online ad revenue overtakes newsprint in China

China’s revenue from online advertising was higher than the equivalent in newsprint for the first time in 2011, a study by the market research firm iResearch said, quoted in the Global Times Saturday. Web advertising in the world’s second largest economy generated 51.19 billion yuan ($8.11 billion), while newsprint advertising brought in 45.36 billion…

Filmmakers capture ‘human view’ of Palestinian village

Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat spent five years filming his village’s resistance to Israeli settlers — and brought his intimate but powerful documentary to the Sundance film festival. Co-directed with Israeli Guy Davidi, “5 Broken Cameras” was shown in competition on the first weekend of the world-renowned independent film festival, which…

Obama offers glimpse of State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, in the first glimpse of his keynote State of the Union address next week, said Saturday it would focus on manufacturing jobs, energy and education, alongside an election themed message for a “return to American values.” “I’m going to lay out a blueprint for…

Some Americans preparing for ‘civilization’s collapse’

(Reuters) – When Patty Tegeler looks out the window of her home overlooking the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, she sees trouble on the horizon. “In an instant, anything can happen,” she told Reuters. “And I firmly believe that you have to be prepared.” Tegeler is among a growing subculture…

‘Occupy London’ protesters take over new building

Anti-capitalist protesters said Saturday they have taken over a large building in the City of London financial district. ‘Occupy London’ activists entered the nine-storey Roman House building in the Barbican earlier this morning, the group announced. “Occupy London this morning publicly repossessed Roman House, an abandoned nine-storey office building in…

Egypt’s Islamists win parliamentary elections

Egypt’s Islamists led by the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood clinched two thirds of seats in parliament in historic polls after the ouster of strongman Hosni Mubarak, official results showed on Saturday. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won 235 seats in the new People’s Assembly, or 47.18 percent, electoral committee head…

U.S., Russia to conduct joint Antarctica inspection

The United States and Russia will jointly inspect foreign facilities in Antarctica to make sure environmental and other responsibilities under the 1959 Antarctica Treaty are being met, the State Department said Saturday. A US-Russian team will travel to Antarctica January 23-28 to check foreign stations, installations and equipment, it said.…

Stress blamed for student tics at New York school

BUFFALO (Reuters) – State health officials have determined stress likely caused a dozen female high school students to suddenly experience tics and other neurological symptoms associated with Tourette Syndrome, they said on Friday. The Le Roy Central School District, about 50 miles east of Buffalo, scrambled to conduct environmental testing…

New York City in court over homeless shelter policy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration went to court on Friday to defend its controversial new application process at homeless shelters, arguing no rules were broken when the policy was adopted without public scrutiny. The city’s Department of Homeless Services in November tried to reduce the number of…

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