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European defense contractor considers launching its own bank

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) is considering launching its own bank to better manage its accounts, the new chief of subsidiary Airbus said in an interview. “Our parent company EADS is currently studying the possible advantages of founding our own bank,” Fabrice Bregier told the Sunday edition…

Afghan wedding suicide attack kills MP, 16 others

A suicide bomber killed a prominent Afghan lawmaker and 16 other people at his daughter’s wedding party in the north of the country on Saturday, officials said. The attacker embraced MP Ahmad Khan, a former militia commander, in front of wedding guests before detonating the explosives strapped around his waist,…

Israel ‘still holds 5 foreign women activists’

Israel was still holding five foreign women activists on Saturday who were arrested in the West Bank after a demonstration a day earlier, a police spokeswoman said. “Five European activists arrested Friday during a demonstration in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) remain in detention,” Luba Samri told AFP. “The five…

Students sue school district for violating their ‘right to read’

Michigan students sue school district for violating their 'right to read' Students are suing the state of Michigan and their Detroit-area school district for violating their “right to read.” The class-action lawsuit appears to be the first of its kind, and potentially signals a new wave of civil rights litigation…

Two charged with trying to smuggle nuclear-related equipment to Iran

US charges two with trying to smuggle nuclear-related equipment to Iran An Iranian businessman and a Chinese importer have been charged in a seven-count federal indictment with conspiring to smuggle nuclear-related equipment from the US to Iran, federal officials announced on Friday. Parviz Khaki of Iran and Zongcheng Yi of…

400,000 told to evacuate in Japan deluge

About 400,000 people were ordered or advised to leave their homes in southwest Japan Saturday as heavy rain pounded the area for a third day leaving 29 dead or missing, officials and media said. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more landslides and floods on the main southern island of…

Police arrest Jamaican doctor for performing abortion on 12-year-old

Police in Jamaica have charged a prominent doctor with performing an abortion on a pregnant 12-year-old. Dr Lloyd Goldson, a Kingston based consultant, is said to have performed the abortion on 4 July. The girl’s mother has also been charged. Abortion is illegal in Jamaica, and in many other countries…

Philippine authorities seize 1,500 live fish and 150 live coral en route to Japan

Philippine authorities seized some 1,500 live aquarium fish and about 150 live pieces of brain coral at a Manila pier Friday just before they were to be shipped to Japan. The fish and corals in water-filled plastic bags stored in styrofoam boxes were seized by quarantine officers, said fisheries bureau…

Animal rights group pushes for Spanish bull run ban

Animal welfare group Vier Pfoten (Four Paws) urged Spanish authorities Friday to ban the famous Pamplona bull run, which left 22 people injured and 42 bulls dead this week. “Four Paws is demanding an immediate break with this cruel tradition, in which many people get hurt and many bulls suffer…

Indian village bans women under 40 from using cell phones in public

Police in northern India are investigating a village council after it banned “love marriages” and barred women under 40 from shopping alone or using mobile phones in public, reports said Friday. In a slew of restrictive measures on women’s behaviour, the council, or “panchayat,” in the predominantly Muslim village Asara…

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