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World of ‘contradiction’ awaits 7 billionth person

The world’s seven billionth person will be born Monday into what UN leader Ban Ki-moon calls a “world of contradiction” — and facing an uphill battle if it is on the wrong side of the poverty line. While many countries around the world will be choosing their own symbolic baby,…

Student visa scams at sham U.S. colleges exposed

A case working its way through a federal court in California has exposed huge student visa scams by “sham” universities cashing in on Indians and other foreigners looking for a quick path to jobs in the United States. Enrollment at Tri-Valley University, an unaccredited self-styled Christian graduate school, surged from…

Arab teens rap out angry politics in Nazareth

Mai and Amane, Arab Israeli teenagers living in Nazareth, are happy to leave talk about boys and make-up to their peers. They have a political message and they’re telling it through rap music. The girls, only 15 and 16, make up the duo “Damar” — Arabic for “destruction” — whose…

Saudis swear allegiance to new crown prince

Saudis swore allegiance on Saturday to new Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, described by the local press as the “man for the job” and praised in Washington for his commitment to fight terrorism. Nayef, who served as interior minister for nearly four decades and led a crackdown on Al-Qaeda…

Angry at World Bank, Ecuador leader exits summit

Ecuador’s leftist president stormed out of a summit of leaders of Latin America, Spain and Portugal on Saturday, demanding apologies from a World Bank representative. Leaders from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking nations wrapped up a two-day event here on how to weather the effects of the global economic slowdown. President Rafael…

China coal mine blast kills 29: media

A gas explosion at a coal mine in central China has killed 29 miners, according to state media, the latest in a series of deadly accidents to hit the country’s mining industry. Some 35 miners were working in the state-owned mine at the time of the blast, which happened early…

Tens of thousands stranded as Qantas grounded

Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded around the world Sunday after Australian airline Qantas made a shock decision to ground its fleet indefinitely in a bid to end a bitter industrial dispute. Stunned flyers who had been booked on Qantas queued up at airports around the world to find…

Rockets pound Israel as air raids kill nine in Gaza

Israeli warplanes launched fresh raids in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, after earlier attacks killed nine Islamic Jihad militants and retaliatory rocket fire killed one Israeli. The first Israeli attack early Saturday afternoon killed five members of the Al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, said Adham Abu Selmiya, spokesman for…

ICC fears Gaddafi’s son will flee from justice

TRIPOLI/BEIJING (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court said Saturday that Libya’s Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was in contact via intermediaries about surrendering for trial, but it also had information mercenaries were trying to spirit him to a friendly African nation. U.S. military and government representatives held security talks in neighboring Niger…

Global leaders pledge to fight polio

World leaders Saturday added their weight to a push to eradicate polio, pledging millions of dollars in new funds to bring an end to the crippling and potentially fatal disease. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, said her country would…

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