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Necklace worn on Titanic stolen from Copenhagen exhibit

COPENHAGEN — A necklace once worn by a passenger on the ill-fated ocean liner the Titanic has been stolen from a traveling exhibit in Copenhagen, the exhibit venue said Monday. The necklace was stolen Saturday during opening hours at the exhibit hall in Tivoli park in the centre of the…

UN leader accuses big business of health cover-up

UNITED NATIONS — UN leader Ban Ki-moon Monday accused big business of putting public health at risk “to protect their own profits” as he launched a summit on everyday diseases killing tens of millions each year. About 36 million people die each year from cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other…

‘Heavy fighting’ in Sudan border region

Heavy fighting in Sudan’s war-torn border region saw rebels loyal to an outlawed political party drive government forces out of a key garrison town, the party’s secretary general said on Monday. Yasser Arman also demanded that the government release more than 140 leaders of the northern branch of the Sudan…

Strauss-Kahn ‘rape attempt’ writer to go primetime

French writer Tristane Banon, who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2003 will appear on primetime television Monday, a day after the former IMF chief broke his media silence. Tristane Banon, a 32-year-old French author who is the daughter of a family friend of Strauss-Kahn, has…

News International to pay $4.7 million to settle hacking case

(Reuters) – News International is expected to pay about three million pounds($4.7 million) to settle hacking claims by the family of murder victim Milly Dowler against the now defunct News of the World newspaper, sources close to the case told Reuters on Monday. The settlement is likely to involve close…

WikiLeaks auctions memorabilia to raise funds

Fancy a signed version of a WikiLeaks diplomatic cable, or a sachet of coffee smuggled out of jail by Julian Assange? Then the cash-strapped whistleblowing website has the auction for you. With its coffers empty because of the blocking of credit card payments by major operators including Visa and MasterCard,…

Palestinian Pres. defiant as “all hell” breaks out over U.N. plan

(Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas said he is sticking to his plan to seek full United Nations membership for a Palestinian state although “all hell has broken out” over the move opposed by the United States and Israel. Abbas, speaking en route to the U.N. General Assembly in New York,…

Libya delays unveiling new cabinet as battles rage

The birth of a new government in Libya, due on Sunday, was put off indefinitely amid disputes over portfolios and as Moamer Kadhafi diehards put up stiff resistance in their remaining strongholds. National Transitional Council (NTC) number two Mahmud Jibril said last-minute haggling delayed the announcement of the new cabinet…

U.S. families call for courts martial over deadly mission

Family members of US war dead from a disastrous Afghan mission — from which a young Marine got the highest US military decoration — called Sunday for senior officers to be court-martialed. Former marine sergeant Dakota Meyer, 23, defied orders and repeatedly drove into a village despite a Taliban firestorm…

Thousands of Taiwanese children set violin record

More than 4,600 Taiwanese schoolchildren came together for a mass violin-playing session on Sunday, breaking a world record that had stood for 86 years. An official from Guinness World Records witnessed the event that brought together 4,645 children aged under 18 at a stadium in central Changhua county, the county…

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