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Japanese mother ignored dead child for a day while she chatted online

A woman whose baby boy lay dead for nearly a day while she chatted on Internet forums has been arrested in Japan, media and police said Friday. Yumiko Takahashi knew that 19-month-old Neo was running a high fever when she checked on him on the afternoon of June 24 last…

Assange stays at embassy despite police order to turn himself in

Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, remains at the Ecuadorean embassy in London after failing to present himself at a police station to begin the process of extradition to Sweden over allegations of rape and indecency. Assange, who said he would remain at the embassy because he feared…

Olympics opening ceremony director reassures PETA over animal usage

12 horses, three cows, nine geese, two goats and 70 sheep among participants in Isles of Wonder-themed event The director of the London 2012 opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, has moved to assuage concerns about the welfare of animals who will feature in his £27m show by promising to remove them…

U.S. exempts China, Singapore from Iran sanctions

The United States exempted China and Singapore from sanctions over purchases of oil from Iran hours before a deadline, saying that major economies were united in pressuring Tehran. The United States, however, did not grant exemptions to smaller-scale importers such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, meaning that banks from those countries…

Hundreds evacuated as deadly storms flood Britain

Britain was bracing for more disruption on Friday after storms and flash floods in which one man died and hundreds of homes were evacuated. A landslide near the England-Scotland border overnight brought train services to a halt as torrential rains hit large swathes of Britain in the latest bout of…

Dramatic pre-dawn Eurozone deal sends markets soaring

A dramatic pre-dawn deal to save the euro and revamp the eurozone by leaders of the 17 eurozone nations brought immediate relief to crisis-hit Italy and Spain and sent markets soaring on Friday. At the end of tense talks that stretched almost till dawn, EU president Herman Van Rompuy hailed…

Morsi to speak from Tahrir on ‘rebirth of Egypt’

Egypt’s President-elect Mohamed Morsi is to address the people on the country’s “rebirth” at a rally at Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, before being sworn in Saturday at the Constitutional Court. Morsi “is taking part in the march of a million Egyptians tomorrow at Tahrir Square and across the country,”…

French speakers urged to resist incursions from English

The Francophone world should vigorously defend the language of Moliere and abandon its “obsession” with the English language, an online appeal declared Tuesday ahead of a major gathering here celebrating French language and culture. French speakers’ alleged fixation on English “constitutes an obsession from another era and another world. It’s…

UN declares an ‘International Day of Happiness’

The United Nations on Thursday declared that March 20 each year will be the International Day of Happiness — and it wants everyone to join in the fun. The UN General Assembly passed a resolution proclaiming the new commemoration that adds to an already packed UN calendar of international days…

Julian Assange rejects police request to surrender for breaking bail terms

Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has said that he will ignore a request by the police to give himself up because he fears that the US has secret plans to extradite him to Washington. He said he had been advised that he was within his rights to…

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