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John Lennon peace sign sells for nearly $150K

A placard reading “Bed Peace”, which was made by former BeatleJohn Lennon during his peace-in with wife Yoko Ono at a Canadian hotel, has fetched almost £100,000 at a London auction. The sign, sold at Christie’s auction house on Tuesday, was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder for £97,250 ($153,835, 113,670 euros). The iconic…

Canada ‘frustrated’ by Europe’s lack of action

Canada’s finance minister on Wednesday said he was “frustrated” at the lack of action by Europe’s leaders to solve their continent’s crippling debt problem. Jim Flaherty told reporters in Tokyo the countries at the centre of the crisis had a responsibility to put their house in order. “I think you’ll understand if…

Obama ‘deeply concerned’ at Europe market turmoil

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he was “deeply concerned” at the turmoil in the eurozone that has spooked global markets amid growing fears about Europe’s debt crisis and anaemic growth. “I am deeply concerned and I have been deeply concerned. I suspect I will be deeply concerned tomorrow and…

Berlusconi packs up sword, vase on last day in office

Italy’s departing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly packed up two gifts ahead of his last day in office on Wednesday — a scimitar from Kazakhstan and a Ming dynasty vase from China. The report in La Repubblica newspaper said the larger-than-life billionaire, who has been in power for 10 of the past 17 years, had…

WikiLeak’s Assange appeals extradition to Sweden

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange applied Tuesday for Britain’s Supreme Court to hear his appeal against extradition to Sweden, dragging out a legal saga that has already lasted more than a year. His latest gambit comes less than two weeks after the High Court in London ruled that the…

Zurich police evict ‘Occupy’ protesters

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss police on Tuesday evicted anti-banker protesters from the Lindenhof, an ancient square in one of the oldest parts of Zurich, just hours after a similar move by police in New York against an anti-Wall Street demonstration. The 50 or so protesters were given 20 minutes to…

Israelis doubt world will stop Iran’s nuclear quest: experts

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – The latest report by U.N. inspectors has hardened suspicions that Iran is seeking nuclear arms capability, but Israeli experts have little confidence that international action will deny the Islamic Republic the means to make a bomb. The pessimism sounded by academics, retired generals and statesmen on…

French consul injured after Israeli raid on Gaza

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s consul to the Gaza Strip, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were injured during an Israeli air strike on Sunday night, French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said. Valero told reporters the three were hit by shrapnel at their residence in Gaza, which is located 200 meters…

Obama insured against crocodiles in Australia

President Barack Obama is expected to receive a warm welcome in Australia Wednesday, but just in case the reception is wilder than expected a firm has offered him insurance against crocodiles. Obama will be the fifth president to visit close ally Australia, and his flying two-day visit will take in…

China peace prize awarded to Russia’s Putin

A group of Chinese academics has awarded its version of the Nobel Peace Prize to Vladimir Putin, an organiser said Tuesday, pointing to the Russian Prime Minister as “outstanding in keeping world peace.” Putin beat other candidates such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Yuan Longping, a Chinese agricultural scientist,…

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