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Myanmar opposition says Suu Kyi wins parliamentary seat

Myanmar’s opposition claimed a historic victory Sunday for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her bid for a seat in parliament, sparking scenes of jubilation among crowds of supporters. Hundreds of people cheered as a giant screen outside National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters in Yangon announced a…

U.S. feared Falklands war would draw in Soviet Union, documents reveal

Declassified cables show U.S. felt Thatcher had not considered diplomatic options, and feared Soviet Union could be drawn in. The US feared the Thatcher government “had not thought much about diplomatic possibilities” for resolving the Falklands crisis when it dispatched a military taskforce 30 years ago, and predicted the conflict…

North Sea oil exploration getting harder, costlier

The North Sea has some way to go before running out of oil but faced with falling output, unlocking new reserves is proving technologically complex and expensive, according to experts. “There are clouds on the horizon but the outlook is bright,” said Nils Helge Sorgard, head of business development at…

Laughter clubs catch on in stressed-out Hong Kong

Hypnotherapist Dick Yu has a mission that seems unthinkable to some Hong Kong people: he wants to make the Asian financial hub’s seven million residents laugh. “Hong Kong people don’t laugh because they are under constant pressure to make more money, to make life better,” says Yu, who has founded…

World’s biggest Titanic attraction opens in Belfast

The largest Titanic visitor attraction in the world opened in the ship’s Belfast birthplace on Saturday, some 100 years after the doomed liner was built in the same yards. Almost 100,000 tickets for Titanic Belfast, a striking aluminium-clad building which tells the famous ship’s story through special effects, interactive screens and a ride, have been…

Viral video will spur Kony arrest this year: ICC

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor voiced confidence Saturday that Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony will be arrested this year, praising the role of a viral online campaign. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the California-based Invisible Children lobby group, and its viral “Kony 2012,” a 30-minute video seen by more than 100 million people, had helped bring…

One dead, one injured in German chemical plant blast: police

An explosion at a German chemical plant killed one person Saturday and left another injured, rescuers and industrial park administrators said. The explosion of a tank at the Evonik Degussa plant in the western town of Marl sent black smoke billowing over the town, and residents were warned to stay indoors, with their windows…

German public sector workers to get 6.3% pay rise

German public service employees reached a pay deal following a marathon 40-hour round of negotiations and work stoppages which hit airports and infant schools over the past month, unions said Saturday. Some two million public service employees will see their wages increased by 6.3 percent between now and August 2013.…

China cracks down on Internet after coup rumours

China has shut down websites, made a string of arrests and punished two popular microblogs after rumours of a coup linked to a major scandal that brought down a top politician. Authorities closed 16 websites for spreading rumours of “military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on in Beijing”,…

Syria declares it has defeated revolt

Syria’s regime declared on Saturday it has defeated those seeking to bring it down while reiterating support for a UN-Arab peace plan, as its troops reportedly shelled rebels in the city of Homs. Foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi, cited by the official SANA news agency, also said Syrian troops would…

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