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China closes two fake Apple stores

Chinese authorities have closed two fake Apple stores in the country’s southwestern Yunnan province, state media reported Monday, following a storm of publicity over the rip-off shops. An investigation of 300 IT stores in the city of Kunming found five outlets using the Apple trademark without the US giant’s permission,…

Japan passes second recovery budget

Japan’s parliament on Monday enacted a $25 billion extra budget to pay for relief and rebuilding after the March 11 quake-tsunami, as Prime Minister Naoto Kan faced mounting pressure to resign. Earlier in the day a ruling party heavyweight suggested Kan could be closer to stepping down with the budget…

‘Anonymous’ hackers access Austrian bank data

The Austrian branch of the hacker group Anonymous accessed the bank data of 96,000 people in an attack on the website of the country’s GIS television licence agency, officials said on Monday. The hacker group, which was targeted last week by US authorities in a crackdown that included 16 arrests,…

Physicists closing in on ‘God particle’

Experiments at the world’s biggest atom smasher have yielded tantalising hints that a long-sought sub-atomic particle truly exists, with final proof likely by late 2012, physicists said Monday. “We know everything about the Higgs boson except whether it exists,” said Rolf Heuer, director general of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). “We can…

NYT writer: James and Rupert Murdoch are ‘done’

With James Murdoch being pursued for allegedly lying to the British Parliament, and his father Rupert on the ropes and refusing to accept any responsibility for the mess his company has created, at least one prominent writer for The New York Times is predicting the downfall of both men. “Mr.…

Norway killer tells judge ‘two more cells’ exist

OSLO (Reuters) – Anders Behring Breivik told a Norwegian judge on Monday his bombing and shooting rampage that killed 93 people aimed to save Europe from a Muslim takeover, and said that “two more cells” existed in his organization. Breivik has previously said he had acted alone and police have…

No permanent U.S. bases in Afghanistan: U.S. ambassador

KABUL (Reuters) – The United States has no interest in creating permanent military bases in Afghanistan and does not want to use the country as a platform to influence neighboring countries, the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Monday. Washington is negotiating with the Afghan government on a deal to…

Fresh Karachi violence leaves 44 dead in three days

KARACHI (Reuters) – Fresh political and ethnic violence gripped Pakistan’s commercial capital over the past three days, leaving up to 44 people dead and taking the death toll for July to 339, city police said Monday. Most of the weekend’s casualties were reported in the city’s eastern Malir, Landhi and…

UN atomic watchdog head lauds Fukushima cleanup

TOKYO (Reuters) – Cleanup work at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant is proceeding smoothly and the prospects are good for bringing it under control, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said Monday after a visit to the crisis-hit plant. Japan said last week that it was on track with…

Norway mass-killer seeks show-trial celebrity

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik appears before an Oslo judge on Monday, seeking show-trial celebrity as the once placid Nordic nation mourns the 93 weekend victims lying in city morgues. The 32-year-old self-styled white ‘Jihadist’ will make his first appearance in a downtown court around 1:00 pm (1100 GMT),…

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