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Industrial output stagnates in June

Industrial output stagnated in June and the trade-in-goods deficit worsened, official data showed on Tuesday, further clouding the economic outlook amid plunging stock markets. Industrial production was unchanged in June from the previous month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement. However it sank by 0.3 percent in June on a…

Pregnancy reignites Australia gay marriage debate

Australia’s Finance Minister Penny Wong Tuesday announced her female partner was expecting their first child, sparking renewed debate on the country’s ban on gay marriage. Wong said her long-term partner Sophie Allouache was pregnant, in a statement that also thanked the child’s biological father “for giving us the opportunity to raise…

Australia’s aborigines forced off land by government

Australia’s Aborigines are being forced off their traditional land because of government policy, despite the fact they would live longer if they stayed put, Amnesty International claimed Tuesday. The human rights organisation studied small groups in the central desert region and found those choosing to live on their ancestral lands were effectively…

Malaysia’s gay pastor urges more to ‘come out’

Malaysia’s only openly gay pastor is urging homosexuals in the mainly Muslim country to “keep coming out” to help battlehomophobia, as he gets set to tie the knot with his American partner. Reverend Ouyang Wen Feng is a highly controversial figure who faced outrage and threats when he opened in 2007 the…

British PM recalls Parliament after days of rioting

Prime Minister David Cameron recalled parliament and ordered thousands of extra police onto the streets after Britain’s worst rioting in decades left parts of London and other cities in flames. After cutting short his holiday in Italy to return for an emergency meeting on the riots, Cameron said his government…

Londoners begin to clean up after riots

Londoners began cleaning up their city after a third night of riots on Tuesday, aided by a Twitter and Facebook campaign which rallied people to the most damaged areas. Fires broke out across the capital on Monday night as looters smashed up and set ablaze buildings, shops and cars, while…

Somali government offers amnesty to rival rebels

Somalia’s embattled government offered an open amnesty on Tuesday to Islamist Shebab fighters after the rebels made a surprise withdrawal from the famine-struck capital over the weekend. The Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents have waged a bloody war since 2007 to topple the Western-backed transitional government, which they had hemmed in to…

Markets hit new low despite world leaders’ positive talk

Efforts by US President Barack Obama and other global leaders to restore confidence failed to do the trick Tuesday as markets hit new lows in a massive sell-off driven by fears of a new recession. European stock markets fell deeply into the red in morning trade, with early gains for…

Twitter users could be arrested for ‘inciting’ London rioting and looting

Twitter users in the United Kingdom who posted inflammatory messages encouraging others to engage in violence could be arrested, according to Scotland Yard Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh. Kavanagh told The Telegraph that officers were investigating messages posted on Twitter and would “absolutely” consider arresting users who helped incite some…

New theory blames Soviets for death of Albert Camus

ROME — Famous French author Albert Camus, who died in a car accident in 1960, may have been the victim of a Soviet plot, new research suggests. Italian academic Giovanni Catelli, an eastern European specialist, put forward the theory in the pages of the Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera.…

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