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UN ends Libya no-fly zone

The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously voted to end the mandate for international military action in Libya, ending another chapter in the war against Moamer Kadhafi’s regime. NATO, which carried out the air strikes that played a key role in the downfall of Kadhafi, says it is studying new…

Snowfall in quake-hit Turkey as toll passes 500

Snow blanketed eastern Turkey Thursday, complicating rescue efforts and bringing more misery for the thousands left homeless by a devastating earthquake as the death toll surged past 500. Ninety-one hours after disaster struck in the eastern province of Van, rescuers pulled a 19-year-old from the rubble in the town of…

Bangkok exodus as floods advance on city center

Thousands of nervous Bangkok residents flocked to bus, rail and air terminals Thursday while heavy traffic snaked out of the sprawling Thai capital in an exodus from a mass of approaching floodwater. Water was seeping into central areas of the city of 12 million people, entering the grounds of the…

Outraged Brazilians ‘occupy’ downtown Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — Around 150 Brazilian activists held signs with angry slogans in downtown Rio de Janeiro in an “Occupy Rio” protest inspired by similar demonstrations in Spain and the United States. “2012 Is the End of the Capitalist World,” read one sign. “Why is the world for everyone,…

U.S. threatens to cut off UNESCO over Palestinian bid

WASHINGTON — The United States warned Wednesday that a vote by UNESCO to accept the Palestinian Authority as a full member with state’s rights could force the United States to cut off funding to the organization. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that in individual and bilateral consultations, the United…

Peugeot could slash 5,000 jobs to cut costs in 2012

French auto giant PSA Peugeot Citroen on Wednesday announced an 800-million-euro cost-cutting plan for next year, including up to 5,000 lay-offs amid a stagnating European car market. “It’s quite possible there will be an impact on the workforce,” the company’s chief financial officer Frederic Saint-Geours warned during a teleconference announcing the plan. Management is…

Heineken profits up despite bad beer season for Europe

Dutch brewer Heineken published a one percent climb in net profitfor the third quarter Wednesday, saying strong sales in Africa and elsewhere offset the impact of poor summer weather in Europe. Net profit reached 525 million euros (U$731 million) in the July-September period, while sales grew slightly by 0.6 percent from last year to 4.65 billion…

The unstable future of a world full of men

As the global population hits seven billion, experts are warning that skewed gender ratios could fuel the emergence of volatile “bachelor nations” driven by an aggressive competition for brides. The precise consequences of what French population expertChristophe Guilmoto calls the “alarming demographic masculinisation” of countries such as India and China as the result of sex-selective…

NATO choppers violated air space: Pakistan officials

Pakistani officials on Wednesday accused NATO helicopters of violating Pakistan’s air space over the Taliban and Haqqanistronghold of North Waziristan, along the Afghan border. “Two helicopters intruded several kilometres inside Pakistan territory in Datta Khel town around 2:00 am (2100 GMT Tuesday),” a military official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. The helicopters flew in from…

Turkey’s ethnic tension boils over in quake city

Crowds of Kurds pelted journalists and police with stones in the quake-hit city of Van as their anger at the Turkish media’s coverage of the disaster boiled over. The quake came only days after one of the deadliest attacks on the army in the three-decade-long Kurdish conflict and some journalists…

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