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Putin promotes Russian unity with ‘biker brothers’

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday described leather-clad bikers as brothers and boasted of the “indivisible Russian nation” after roaring into a biking rally on a Harley Davidson. The black-clad Putin led a column of bikers, their lights blazing into the night sky, who drove into a mass biking rally…

Gaddafi’s wife, two sons and daughter in Algeria: ministry

Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi’s wife, two sons and a daughter entered Algeria on Monday, the foreign ministry in Algiers announced. “The wife of Moamer Kadhafi, Safiya, his daughter Aisha, and sons Hannibal and Mohammed, accompanied by their children, entered Algeria at 08:45 am (0745 GMT) through the Algeria-Libyan border,” the…

U.S. dismisses Georgian elections as illegitimate

The United States on Monday dismissed elections in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia as illegitimate, and renewed support for what it called Georgia’s internationally-recognized borders. In polls on Saturday that were widely seen as illegitimate, Abkhazia elected Alexander Ankvaba, a top politician who advocates firm ties with Russia, as the…

Japan’s finance minister Noda to become PM

Japan’s premier-designate Yoshihiko Noda on Monday vowed a safe pair of hands in rebuilding the country from its tsunami-nuclear disasters after he was elected the ruling party chief. The low-key, business-friendly finance minister is set to be confirmed as prime minister on Tuesday by parliament, replacing the unpopular Naoto Kan…

Mumbai hit by heavy flooding

Heavy rainfall left parts of the Indian financial hub Mumbai underwater on Monday, flooding homes, closing schools and badly disrupting train services. The Indian Meteorological Department said 178.6 millimetres (7.03 inches) of rain fell in the 24 hours to 8:30 am local time (0300 GMT) in the south of the…

S.Africa may dehorn rhinos, ban hunts to stop poaching

South Africa is investigating dehorning its rhino population and stopping legal trophy hunts to fight a poaching crisis that has killed 279 animals this year, the environment minister said Monday. Officials are considering putting a moratorium on rhino hunting to deal with abuses in the allocation of permits, which were…

Taiwan deploys 50,000 troops as typhoon hits

Taiwan deployed more than 50,000 troops on Monday and evacuated thousands of people as Typhoon Nanmadol pummelled some of the island’s most densely populated areas. Soldiers moved in to help flood-threatened residents, a motorcyclist was reported killed, and in one remote area more than 300 villagers were trapped by landslides.…

Bolt says he must move on after 100m false start

Jamaican Usain Bolt Monday insisted that he will not dwell on his sensational disqualification from the men’s 100m final at the world championships because of a false start. The 25-year-old, who has been the unchallenged star of world sprinting in recent years, lost out in his bid to defend his…

Passengers jump out of plane in India after bad landing

Terrified passengers jumped out of a plane in India on Monday after it skidded to halt on landing, trying to escape before emergency ladders were put in place, officials said. Seven passengers were injured in the pre-dawn incident when the Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to Kochi in the southern…

Samsung, Apple tablet row heats up in Australia

Electronics giant Samsung Monday said it would launch a counter claim against US firm Apple in Australia as part of a dispute between the rival companies over tablet computers. The American company launched legal action against South Korea’s Samsung Electronics in Sydney earlier this month, accusing it of infringing its…

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