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Tunisia’s national assembly votes for gender equality in new charter

Tunisia’s national assembly on Monday approved an article in the draft constitution that would guarantee gender equality “without discrimination” in the Muslim nation. “All male and female citizens have the same rights and duties. They are equal before the law without discrimination,” states article 20 of the new charter, which…

Chevrolet partners with AT&T to roll out 4G-connected cars in 2014

The new Chevrolets coming out this year will be faster — on the information superhighway. The General Motors division said Sunday it would deploy fourth generation (4G) Internet connections on several models to help motorists who want to stay connected with the growing number of apps for automobiles. Chevy will…

JPMorgan Chase to pay $2.0 billion to avoid Bernard Madoff investigation: reports

JPMorgan Chase, the US bank used by Bernard Madoff who masterminded the biggest fraud on record, has agreed to pay about $2.0 billion to US authorities to avoid litigation, press reports said Monday. Madoff masterminded a massive and long-running so-called Ponzi investment fraud which came to light in 2008 as…

Guardian journalist Simon Hoggart dies at age of 67

Simon Hoggart, the veteran Guardian journalist, has died at the age of 67 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer, the British newspaper said on Monday. Hoggart joined the daily straight from university in 1968, spent 12 years working for its sister Sunday paper The Observer, and for the past…

Millions in the northeastern United States prepare for sub-zero arctic blast

Millions of people across the United States on Monday made last minute preparations for an unusually bitter Arctic blast that could send temperatures plummeting to their coldest in 20 years. The northeastern United States and parts of Canada have endured heavy snow and deadly sub-zero conditions since the start of…

China crushes six tons of ivory in symbolic gesture to help end illegal trade

China crushed a pile of ivory reportedly weighing over six tons on Monday, in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as a global hub for the illegal trade in African elephant tusks. Clouds of dust emerged as masked workers fed tusks into crushing machines in what was described…

Angela Merkel fractures pelvis while cross-country skiing in Switzerland

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was injured in a fall while cross-country skiing in Switzerland and has cancelled several meetings in the next three weeks, her spokesman said Monday. Steffen Seibert told reporters that Merkel had suffered a fractured pelvis, “which makes it necessary for her to lie down a lot…

Naked Aussie gets stuck in washing machine

A naked Australian man was left red-faced after getting stuck in a washing machine during a game of hide and seek, after police had to grease him up with olive oil to get him out. The man clambered into the top-loader machine on Saturday afternoon at his home north of…

New Bruce Springsteen album ‘High Hopes’ available on Internet-only pre-release Monday night

Bruce Springsteen’s 18th studio album “High Hopes” went online in the United States, nine days before its general release — and on the 41st anniversary of The Boss’s debut outing. Television network CBS had announced it would host the Internet-only pre-release at www.cbs.com/shows/the_good_wife/springsteen after the conclusion of this week’s episode…

Anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd catch Japanese fleet slaughtering four whales inside sanctuary

Militant anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd said they had zeroed in on a Japanese fleet Monday and captured evidence that four whales had been slaughtered, alleging the ships were found inside a Southern Ocean sanctuary. Sea Shepherd said it had located all five Japanese vessels and was now in pursuit, forcing…

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