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China purges rising political star as wife is probed for murder

China’s biggest political crisis in decades took a dramatic turn with the removal of one of the Communist Party’s biggest stars from his post and his wife’s arrest on suspicion of murder. Bo Xilai, the charismatic former party leader of Chongqing city, had been tipped for the very highest echelons of…

Massive Indonesia quake triggers tsunami alert

A massive earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, triggering an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert and evacuation orders to clear people away from the coast. The quake’s magnitude was 8.6, according a revised reading from the US Geological Survey, and struck 431 kilometres (268 miles) off the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh where…

Spanish town decides against massive marijuana plantation

Proposal by mayor of Rasquera to become centre of marijuana production gets only 56% backing; however, he does not resign To many people in the small town of Rasquera in the east of Spain, it seemed like the perfect remedy to the economic crisis: a massive legal cannabis plantation that…

Cuba: U.S. locked in Cold War

HAVANA — Cuba criticized the United States Tuesday for “aggressive” Cold War-style moves to block it from attending the Summit of the Americas which meets in Colombia this week. The US government vetoed proposals to include Cuba, the Americas’ only Communist country, among invited leaders to the summit in Cartagena,…

Vicious words mark the war between pro and anti-nuclear environmentalists

The dispute is getting personal and much closer to the political bone with the fallout potentially damaging the whole idea of ‘environmentalism’ The war of words between the pro- and anti-nuclear environmentalists shows no sign of ending, with those writers in favour – George Monbiot, Mark Lynas, Fred Pearce and…

Spain has stopped importing Iranian oil: official

Spain stopped importing Iranian oil ”at the end of February” because of the imposition of a gradual European Union embargo, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. “We haven’t imported Iranian oil since the end of February as businesses have diversified their buying because of Europeansanctions,” a ministry spokesman said. “This is the logical fallout of Spain’s…

Top China leader ousted; wife probed over Briton’s murder

Chinese politician Bo Xilai, once a rising star, has been stripped of his elite Communist Party post while his wife is being investigated for the murder of a British national, state media said. The shock announcements — published Tuesday by the officialXinhua news agency – shed some light on a mysterious political scandal…

‘Kony 2012′ group confirms WikiLeaks spy allegation

The non-profit group Invisible Children has confirmed that a U.S. diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, which claims the group fed intelligence to the Ugandan government to enable the 2009 arrest of a central resistance figure, is in fact true. “In 2009, Invisible Children was contacted by a member at the…

UN Council must respond ‘credibly’ to NKorea rocket: US

The United States on Tuesday demanded that the UN Security Council respond “credibly” to anyrocket launch by North Korea which would breach international sanctions. Susan Rice, US ambassador to the United Nations, said the major powers had already held informal talks on the looming event and that 15 UN Security Council members agreed it would be a “provocative…

‘Kony 2012′ group on defensive amid WikiLeaks spy rumors

A non-profit organization behind the enormously successful “Kony 2012″ viral videos is on the defensive this week after anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks released a U.S. State Department cable which claims the group fed information to the Ugandan government that led to the arrest of at least one key opposition figure in…

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