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Japan’s female athletes fly economy while men’s team sits in business

Japan’s female national football team Nadeshiko Japan placed in economy seats on flight to France sparking gender debate They are world champions and brought hope to a nation reeling from a natural disaster, but Japan’s female Olympic footballers had to make do with economy class seats during their gruelling flight…

Five charged with terrorism offenses in London

The Metropolitan Police have charged five people with terrorism offences following their arrest in operations carried out earlier this month. Police charged three men from London with preparing for acts of terrorism and one woman with possession of a document likely to be of use to a terrorist. All four…

Suicide attack on Israelis kills seven in Bulgaria

Bulgaria said Thursday a suicide bomber dressed as a tourist and with fake US ID was behind an attack on Israelis on the Black Sea that killed seven people and left two in a coma. US President Barack Obama called the attack on a bus at Burgas airport on Wednesday,…

Syria rocked by regime deaths ahead of UN vote

Rebels pushed their “Damascus Volcano” assault Thursday after three senior security chiefs were killed in a bombing Washington said indicated President Bashar al-Assad was losing control of Syria. The deaths Wednesday of Defence Minister General Daoud Rajha, Assad’s brother-in-law Assef Shawkat and General Hassan Turkmani, head of the regime’s crisis…

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…

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