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Tablet computers added to British measure of inflation

Tablet computers like Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab have been added into the basket of goods used to measure official British inflation, the Office for National Statistics said Tuesday. Inflation is measured each month by a notional “shopping basket” filled with typical goods and services bought by the average…

Street lights turned off as Italian town fails to pay bills

Street lights have been turned off in a Sicilian town after local authorities failed to pay a million-euro bill for power supplies, Italian news websites reported on Tuesday. Local residents of Monreale near Palermo — a popular tourist destination because of its famous Norman cathedral — have been forced to…

Kony 2012 maker defends ‘thoughtful’ campaign

By Lizzy Davies Charity chief behind controversial Ugandan film releases video hitting back at criticisms of its strategy and spending The chief executive of a group that produced the controversial video about the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony has hit back at criticisms of its strategy and spending decisions, insisting the…

‘Afghan soldier shot dead’ at scene of U.S soldier’s attack

An Afghan soldier was killed and a policeman wounded on Tuesday as gunmen opened fire on a government delegation at a service for 16 villagers killed by a US soldier, an official said. “One or more enemy were hiding there. When the delegation arrived they fired — one soldier is…

Axe-wielding arsonist kills imam in Brussels mosque

BRUSSELS — An axe-wielding arsonist burst into a Shiite Belgian mosque, killing the imam and destroying much of the building in an attack local Muslims tipped as the work of Sunni extremists. Police said the man, detained after mosque personnel trapped him inside the building, apparently used fuel to set…

Sri Lanka slaps censorship on text messages

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka has imposed censorship on security-related mobile phone messages despite the withdrawal last year of tough emergency laws following the end of its separatist war with Tamil rebels. The defence ministry’s Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) in a directive to media organisations said they must get…

Bloodhounds deployed to fight elephant poaching in DR Congo

KINSHASA — The Democratic Republic of Congo’s famed Virunga National Park has deployed bloodhounds to track down elephant poachers, a park official said Monday. “The first operation of the specially-trained bloodhounds was launched after a succession of elephant-poaching incidents,” LuAnne Cadd, the park’s public relations officer, told AFP. “The operation…

St. Petersburg bans ‘homosexual propaganda’

By Miriam Elder Twenty years after homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia, anti-gay legislation is making a rapid comeback, with St Petersburg becoming the latest city to ban “homosexual propaganda”. The law, signed by St Petersburg’s governor last week, came amid increasing calls by leading Russian politicians and Orthodox Church officials…

@PresHamidKarzai Twitter account a fake

The Afghan presidency confirmed Monday that a fake Twitter account had been set up in the name of Hamid Karzai, one which described a US soldier’s killing of 16 Afghan civilians as an “act of war”. The handle @PresHamidKarzai, which began tweeting on Monday with the announcement: “Welcome to my…

White House: No change to U.S. Afghan strategy

The White House said Monday that US strategy would not change in Afghanistan despite the fallout from a US soldier’s shooting rampage which killed 16 civilians in a new jolt to America’s war policy. “Our strategic objectives have not changed and they will not change,” White House spokesman Jay Carney…

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