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UN representative Samantha Power: U.S. has ‘nothing to apologize’ to Afghanistan for

Washington’s UN representative Samantha Power said Thursday Afghanistan is owed no apology for US actions in the country since the overthrow of the Taliban 12 years ago. “We have nothing to apologize for. Our soldiers have sacrificed a great deal,” Power told CNN, as Washington hammered out the details of…

Weekly unemployment claims fall to 2-month low

First-time claims for US unemployment benefits fell last week to their lowest level in two months as the recovery in the jobs market grinds forward, government data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims, an indicator of the pace of layoffs, fell to 323,000 in the week ending November 16, from…

‘Dead’ baby wakes at Chinese funeral parlor before cremation

A Chinese baby boy who had been declared dead was saved from being cremated alive when he started crying at a funeral parlour, media reported Thursday. The parents of the critically-ill boy, who was less than one month old, had agreed to end his medical treatment at Anhui Provincial Children’s…

Jewish leader blasts return of Nazi art trove to hoarding recluse

The leader of Germany’s Jewish community on Thursday slammed a decision by authorities to return hundreds of paintings to a recluse accused of hoarding priceless artworks believed stolen by the Nazis. The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, said the aim by prosecutors to give…

Health-care price inflation is at its lowest rate in 50 years

President Obama makes a statement before the start of a meeting with representatives of health insurance companies in the White House in Washington Friday. (Evan Vucci/AP) Health care spending is growing at the slowest rate on record, and health-care…  …

Honda’s ‘Hydrogen Boy’ pees his way to a cleaner world

A little boy urinating might not easily conjure up images of a cleaner world, but Honda had other ideas Thursday as it tries to promote its green-car technology. The Japanese firm erected a 6.6-foot replica of famous Brussels landmark Manneken Pis — the bronze statue of a boy peeing into…

Uzbekistan’s cosmopolitan first daughter documents downfall on Twitter

With allegations of sorcery and featuring a feared autocratic ruler and the downfall of an ambitious daughter, it could be one of those mediaeval verse epics for which Central Asia is famed. But it is the very contemporary medium of Twitter that has exposed the extraordinary rift at the heart…

Home of North Dakota white supremacist defaced by racist graffiti after revelations about his ‘African’ DNA

Authorities revealed today that Neo-Nazi and Canadian hate-crime fugitive Craig Cobb’s arrest over the weekend stemmed from an incident involving a former follower of the racial purist. According to local prosecutors, after other white supremacists in Leith learned that Cobb possessed “sub-Sarahan African” DNA, one of them — currently not…

Methodist minister ‘convicted’ of performing gay marriage has 30 days to ‘repent’ or be defrocked

On Monday, the United Methodist Church convicted Reverend Frank Schaefer on two counts of breaking his pastoral vows after he officiated over the marriage of his gay son, Tim. On Tuesday, the church rendered its verdict: Rev. Schaefer is suspended for 30 days, during which time he must “repent of…

Australia police, central bank websites hacked

The websites of the Australian Federal Police and the Reserve Bank of Australia have been the victims of an apparent cyber attack, with reports Thursday blaming Indonesian hackers. The AFP called the attack “irresponsible”, and said whoever was to blame could face prosecution. “These attacks are irresponsible, and will not…

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