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Bitcoin trading platform defrauds Chinese investors

An online Bitcoin trading platform aimed at Chinese investors has suddenly closed, leaving hundreds with more than 20 million yuan ($3.3 million) in combined losses, a newspaper said on Thursday. Hong Kong-registered Global Bond Limited shut down in late October and disappeared before users could withdraw investments from their accounts,…

Paul McCartney urges Putin to help free ‘Arctic 30′ Greenpeace activists

Former Beatle Paul McCartney said Thursday he has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging him to intervene to help 30 people jailed after a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic. “It would be great if this misunderstanding could be resolved and the protesters can be home with their families in…

U.S. military presence in the Philippines could grow after typhoon Haiyan

US military footprint on Philippines could grow after typhoon Haiyan (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) A US military plane evacuates residents at Tacloban airport in central Philippines Wednesday in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan. (Bobby Yip/Reuters) Earlier this month, negotiations between the United States and the Philippines to sharply…

Britain’s Prince Charles becomes a pensioner

Britain’s Prince Charles officially became a pensioner as he celebrated his 65th birthday on Thursday, another landmark in his patient wait for the grand role he was born to play. The heir apparent, Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, will mark the occasion in India, where he is currently touring with…

Stock analysts hope Macy’s strong showing is good holiday omen

US retail icon Macy’s soared Wednesday after a strong earnings report raised hopes for the important holiday-shopping season and helped lift the overall stock market to new records. Macy’s closed up $4.35 (+9.4 percent) at $50.68 after third-quarter earnings came in at $177 million, up 22 percent from last-year. That…

Ex-Brazilian president exhumed amid claims he was poisoned

The remains of Joao Goulart, ousted as Brazilian president ahead of the 1964-85 military dictatorship, were Wednesday exhumed to determine if he was poisoned. Goulart’s remains were exhumed under police guard at a cemetery at Sao Borja, near the Argentinian border some 600 kilometres (400 miles) from the southern city…

Wikileaks: U.S. backing pharmaceuticals in Trans-Pacific Partnership draft

The United States is seeking broader protections for its pharmaceutical and other companies in negotiations on an ambitious Pacific trade deal, according to a document released Wednesday by WikiLeaks. Julian Assange’s anti-secrecy activist website published what it said was the draft text as of late August for a chapter of…

U.S. posts $1 million reward against Laotian poaching ring

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday offered a $1 million reward to help smash a Laos-based poaching network slaughtering endangered elephants and rhinos for their precious horns and tusks. The reward, the first of its kind by the State Department, targeted the Xaysavang network which operates from Laos…

Scientists study evolution of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’

“Little Red Riding Hood” may have been heading to her grandmother’s house — but anthropologists wanted to know where she came from and just how her story spread. By applying a mathematical model more commonly used by biologists to study the evolution of species, the researchers were able to create…

Britain appeals to keep Napoleon death mask following auction

A cast of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask recently sold at auction in Britain could leave the country unless a domestic buyer can match the £175,100 ($280,640, 208,400 euros) sale price, the government warned Wednesday. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced that he had deferred granting an export licence for the death…

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