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South African teacher hacked to death in front of class

A teacher was hacked to death with a machete in front of a shocked classroom of primary school students in South Africa, media reports said on Thursday. Guilford Shapo, 53, was killed Tuesday at Masehlong Primary School in the northern town of Polokwane, where he was observing seventh-grade students taking…

Thousands of Kuwaitis storm parliament

Thousands of Kuwaitis stormed parliament after police and elite forces beat up protesters marching on the prime minister’s home to demand he resign, an opposition MP said. The demonstrators broke open parliament’s gates and entered the main chamber, where they sang the national anthem in a country so far spared…

Protester sets self on fire in Tiananmen Square

A Chinese man set himself alight in Tiananmen Square last month, authorities said Thursday, the first such protest reported in the politically sensitive heart of the capital in more than a decade. Police moved quickly to put out the fire and the 42-year-old man survived, the Beijing Public Security Bureau…

Japan bans Fukushima rice for radiation

Japan on Thursday announced its first ban on rice produced near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant after samples showed radioactive contamination well above legal limits. The findings will further worry nervous consumers, already fretting over the safety of domestic produce, despite its previous solid safety reputation. Authorities in Fukushima…

Disarmament group slams U.S.-led cluster bomb treaty

GENEVA — Disarmament campaigners accused the United States on Wednesday of negotiating a treaty on cluster munitions which it says could encourage the use of the deadly weapon. Negotiations began in Geneva this week among member states of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) as they attempt to conclude…

‘Occupy London’ protesters get 24 hours to leave St Paul’s

LONDON — London authorities ordered anti-capitalist protesters camped at St Paul’s Cathedral to leave within 24 hours Wednesday in a new blow after the global movement’s US birthplace was torn down. As bedraggled Occupy Wall Street activists trickled back through heavy security into a New York park a day after…

U.S. missiles kill up to 18 Pakistani Taliban: officials

A major salvo of U.S. missiles on Wednesday destroyed a Pakistani Taliban base on the Afghan border, killing up to 18 militants including possible Al-Qaeda fighters, local officials said. Five U.S. drones fired up to 10 missiles into a sprawling compound in the Baber Ghar area of South Waziristan, killing 15 to 18…

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…

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