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Growing Japan investigation highlights culture of insider trading

A probe into insider trading has thrust the spotlight on the cosy world of Japanese share dealing, with US investment banking giant JPMorgan now ensnared in the snowballing investigation. Criminal convictions for trading on inside information are few and far between in Japan. For those who are caught, the token…

Thousands protest tuition hikes in Montreal

Thousands of people took to the streets of Montreal Saturday braving driving rain to protest planned tuition hikes after talks between students and the Quebec government broke down. Students, along with parents and their children, marched peacefully, many of them wearing costumes and playing music with trumpets, foghorns and pans. CLASSE, the largest and…

Hugo Chavez meets Belarus leader in rare public event

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who recently underwent cancer radiation therapy, held a rare public event Saturday to welcome Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko with TV cameras rolling. Chavez, 57, made an appearance of about 15 minutes to bid farewell to Semashko at Miraflores Palace as the Belarusian official wrapped up his visit ahead…

Egypt Brotherhood’s presidential candidate says continue the revolution

The Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi Saturday called on Egyptians to continue their “revolution” as thousands protested against a controversial verdict in Hosni Mubarak’s trial. Mursi, who faces Mubarak’s last premier Ahmed Shafiq in a run-off on June 16 and 17, said protesters would guarantee a free election and the transfer of power from the ruling military.…

Russia marks 50 years since Soviet protest massacre

Russia on Saturday quietly marked half a century since Soviet forces brutally suppressed a rare protest led by striking factory workers in one of the worst massacres of the USSR’s postwar era. Twenty-six people were killed on June 2, 1962 when Soviet troops fired on the mass protest against working conditions and rising…

Arabs urge UN action amid fears of Syria civil war

Arab leaders called Saturday for UN action as at least 39 people were killed in Syria amid growing fears that envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan is failing and the country is heading for all-out civil war. Annan himself warned of sectarian warfare, singling out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime as the key to…

Three Rare Sumatran Elephants Found Dead Of Poisoning

Three critically-endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead in an oil palm plantation in western Indonesia and are believed to have been poisoned, an NGO said Saturday. Villagers found the dead animals on Thursday in a government-owned oil palm plantation in the eastern part of Aceh province. They were estimated to be four and five years old,…

Iran vows ‘proportionate’ response to any strike

Iran will respond to any Israeli or US attack against its nuclear sites with a “proportionate” reaction, the military adviser to the country’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said on Saturday. General Yahya Rahim Safavi, quoted by Fars news agency, said however that such an attack was unlikely. Despite warnings from…

Cheering Britons greet Queen at start of jubilee

A rapturous flag-waving crowd of more than 100,000 cheered Queen Elizabeth II at Epsom racecourse in Britain on Saturday as she arrived to kick off four days of celebrations for her diamond jubilee. Shortly after gun salutes across the country marked the exact anniversary of her coronation, the horse-loving 86-year-old…

Pope defends priest celibacy

The pope insisted Saturday that celibacy is central to the priesthood, amid increasing calls for clergy to be allowed to marry and claims that abstention may have contributed to sex abuse scandals. “The shining light of pastoral charity and a unified heart is sacerdotal celibacy and enshrined virginity,” Pope Benedict…

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