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Haiti should brace for more devastating quakes: study

WASHINGTON — The 2010 earthquake that devastated southern Haiti may have opened a new era of seismic activity and residents should brace for more massive temblors, said a US study on Thursday. The 7.0 quake that killed 250,000 people and leveled much of the capital Port-au-Prince, was of a magnitude…

Three dead, 16 missing in Rio high-rises collapse

Three people were confirmed dead and 16 were still missing early Thursday after three office buildings, one of them 20 stories high, collapsed in downtown Rio de Janeiro, authorities said. Officials in Brazil’s second largest city said the three bodies were retrieved as rescue teams with search dogs and heavy…

Key Darfur rebel group says new leader chosen

A key rebel group in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region said on Thursday it has chosen a one-time university professor to head the movement after his brother, the former leader, was killed last month. At a two-day meeting in South Kordofan state, the Justice and Equality Movement selected Gibril Ibrahim to…

Police ‘rescue’ Australian PM from Aboriginal rights protesters

Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Thursday had to be bundled out of a Canberra restaurant by security service agents after it was surrounded by furious Aboriginal rights protesters. Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott were stranded in The Lobby restaurant as dozens of demonstrators from a protest against Australia Day,…

Pollution sparks panic water buying in China

Pollution in China’s southern region of Guangxi sparked panic buying of bottled water this week after a mining firm dumped toxic cadmium into a river, according to state media. Residents in Liuzhou city filled shopping carts with boxes of bottled water, as the government sought to reassure people that the…

Graphic details emerge of Tibetan unrest in China

A Tibetan-inhabited region of China appeared to be under lockdown Thursday after it was rocked by deadly clashes, as exile groups gave grisly details of how the unrest unfolded. The west of Sichuan province, which has big populations of ethnic Tibetans, many of whom complain of repression, was earlier this…

Time for women to rise up, urges Desmond Tutu

DAVOS, Switzerland — After the uprisings in the Arab world, South Africa’s veteran Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu said Wednesday it was now time for women to have their revolution and banish men to the margins. Speaking at a gathering of the world’s political and financial elite in Davos, the vast…

Turkey to become first Muslim nation to show Holocaust film

ANKARA — Turkish public television will show an epic French documentary about the Holocaust, the first broadcast of its kind by national media in a Muslim state, it was announced Wednesday. A spokesman for Turkish public television TRT said the 1985 film “Shoah” would be shown on one of the…

Airbus says A380 wing cracks pose no danger

PARIS — Tiny cracks discovered in the wings of Airbus superjumbo A380 planes can be easily repaired and pose no danger, the aircraft’s manufacturer said Wednesday. Airbus’ statement came the same day the European Aviation Safety Agency said 20 of the aircraft must be inspected after cracks were found in…

Thai police catch prolific underwear thief

Police in Thailand said Wednesday that they had apprehended a thief with more than a thousand pairs of women’s underwear in the trunk of his car. Police also found more than ten thousand pairs at the house of the 48-year-old Thai suspect, who was arrested late Tuesday with an accomplice…

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