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South Africa celebrates Mandela’s birthday

Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela celebrated his 94th birthday in “good” spirits on Wednesday as millions of South Africans joined in the global praise for the much-loved statesman. Mandela, whose 1990 release from an apartheid prison put South Africa on the path to democracy and reconciliation, spent a quiet day with…

Honda recalls 320,000 vehicles worldwide

Japan’s Honda Motor said Thursday it is recalling more than 320,000 vehicles worldwide because of a door lock defect. The faulty locks could allow the vehicles’ doors to open unexpectedly, the automaker said, adding that its recall was for the 2012 CR-V sports utility vehicle and 2013 Acura ILX sedan.…

4 banking giants ‘under spotlight’ in Libor scandal

Regulators are investigating Credit Agricole, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Societe Generale over the Libor manipulation scandal that claimed the boss of British bank Barclays, the Financial Times reported Thursday. Citing sources close to the probes, the FT said regulators were examining evidence of links between traders at all four banks…

Police oust indigenous group in Colombia standoff

Riot police clashed with indigenous protestors in southern Colombia, retaking a military post after a weeklong standoff by demonstrators demanding outsiders get off their land. “At (1030 GMT) we retook control. There was resistance (by the indigenous people), there were some skirmishes but there are no wounded among the police,”…

China’s ‘unwanted’ single women feel the pressure

Xu, a pretty woman in her 30s, warily walked into a Beijing singles club in a bid to shed her status as one of China’s “Unwanted”. Xu had not been to the “Garden of Joy” for more than a year but, with time and societal judgement weighing heavily on her,…

Putin agrees to work with Obama on Syria

WASHINGTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Wednesday in a phone call with President Barack Obama to work with the United States to find a solution to the crisis in Syria, the White House said. But the Kremlin stressed that “differences” remain ahead of a UN Security Council vote in…

WHO: HIV drug resistance creeping higher in Asia and Africa

Drug resistance to HIV medicines has been creeping higher in parts of Africa and Asia but is not steep enough to cause alarm, said a survey released by the World Health Organization on Wednesday. In low- and middle-income countries, drug resistance stood at 6.8 percent in 2010, the WHO said…

A record 8 million people in developing countries get HIV drugs

More than eight million people — a record number in low- and middle-income countries — are now taking antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV, according to data released Wednesday by UNAIDS. The rise in drug coverage was accompanied by a dramatic 31 percent drop in deaths from AIDS-related causes in sub-Saharan…

Study: Millions of East Germans returning home

Many of the millions of east Germans who flocked to the west of the country to take jobs after the Berlin Wall fell are now returning home, a study to be published Thursday showed. In 2010 alone more than 40,000 people born in communist East Germany who had moved west…

Japan looks for ‘active faults’ under restarted nuclear plant

Japan’s nuclear safety watchdog on Wednesday ordered a probe into claims the country’s only working nuclear power station sits on an active tectonic fault. The order came as Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) readied to refire a second reactor at the Oi plant, western Japan, just weeks after the first…

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