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U.S. vows to hold Yemen’s Saleh accountable in power transfer

WASHINGTON — The United States said Wednesday it would hold Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh accountable for transitioning power after February elections, after he canceled a planned trip to America. Saleh provoked a stir late last month when he first mooted a US trip and the United States said it…

Singapore to slash leaders’ million-dollar pay

Singapore will slash its leaders’ unpopular multi-million-dollar salaries by at least a third, new guidelines showed Wednesday, but they will remain the world’s best-paid politicians. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who promised the salary review to ease public anger that surfaced in landmark 2011 elections, will take a 36 percent…

Bangladesh teacher arrested over banned book

A head teacher in Bangladesh has been arrested after a banned book regarded by some Muslims as blasphemous was found in her college, police said Wednesday. Yunus Ali was arrested from the KC Technical and Business Management College in the coastal district of Pirojpur after police discovered a copy of Taslima Nasreen’s novel “Lajja” (“Shame”)…

Taliban move ‘could help Afghan peace drive’

The Taliban’s move to open a political office abroad ahead of possible peace talks with the US could mark a significant step on the road towards a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s bloody war, analysts say. The hardline Islamists announced on Tuesday that they had come to an “initial agreement with relevant sides including…

Ecuador court upholds $9.5 billion ruling against Chevron for environmental damage

QUITO — A court in Ecuador upheld a 2011 ruling requiring US oil giant Chevron to pay $9.5 billion for environmental damage in the Amazon rainforest. The landmark ruling for environment management costs was in the suit that dates back to 1993 against Texaco, a firm later acquired by Chevron.…

Mexican Grand Warlock predicts Obama loss in 2012

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Grand Warlock predicted US President Barack Obama would fail to win re-election and two more Latin American leaders would be diagnosed with cancer, in a traditional New Year’s forecast Tuesday. The Grand Warlock, or “Brujo Mayor” in Spanish, leads a Mexican tradition of “brujeria” or sorcery…

Castro ‘laughs’ off Twitter rumors of death

HAVANA — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is “laughing” off rumors about his death that went viral on Twitter, an official Cuban blogger said Tuesday. “Fidel Castro studied, analyzed and is laughing at the rumors on Twitter,” wrote Yohandry Bloquera on his blog (www.yohandry.com). “The CIA tried to kill him…

North Korea holds mass rally in support of new leader

SEOUL — More than 100,000 North Koreans rallied in support of new leader Kim Jong-Un on Tuesday, state media reported, days after he was proclaimed the “great successor” to his father. The mass rally at Kim Il-Sung Square in the capital Pyongyang was attended by citizens and a number of…

7-year-old girl attacked by kangaroo

A 7-year-old Australian girl says she thought she was going to die when a kangaroo attacked her on New Year’s Day. Makayla McEvoy recalled that a kangaroo pinned her to the ground and kicked her while she was playing at a campsite near Cowra, leaving her covered with bruises and…

Anger over secret drug trials on Indian children

Indian activists have reacted angrily after 12 doctors were fined less than $100 each for conducting secret drug trials on children and patients with learning disabilities. The Madhya Pradesh state government said the tests had not been cleared by health authorities, and it added that the doctors refused to disclose…

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