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Woman who killed banker husband seeks transfer to U.S.

HONG KONG — American Nancy Kissel, twice convicted of murder over the 2003 killing of her banker husband, will not appeal her life sentence and is seeking a transfer to a US prison, her lawyer said Thursday. “She has filed an application to be transferred to United States to serve…

U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ with human right in China post-talks

(Reuters) – The United States is “deeply concerned” about a crackdown on dissidents and rights lawyers in China, and the friction could impede the two powers’ ties, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner said on Thursday after “tough” talks in Beijing. The latest U.S.-China dialogue on human rights came at…

Royal Wedding frenzy turns off many Americans

WASHINGTON (AFP) – For every American setting an alarm clock to go off before dawn Friday to catch the Royal Wedding, there is at least one curmudgeon glowering in a corner, eagerly waiting for the whole thing to be over. In America, as in Britain, the wedding of Kate and…

Fatah, Hamas agree to form interim government, hold vote

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement and its bitter rival, the Islamist Hamas, struck a deal on Wednesday to form an interim unity government and fix a date for general election, both sides said. The deal, which took many officials by surprise because of profound Fatah-Hamas divisions…

$8 million of meth found in fake tourists’ shoes in New Zealand

In contrast to U.S. airports’ high-tech scans, authorities at Auckland Airport in New Zealand only had to use their naked eyes to detect criminal wrongdoing. Security guards at the airport noticed a group of 12 tourists walking funny, and when they stopped and searched them, found that they were hiding…

U.S. Senator goes after Sony over massive PlayStation Network hack

In the wake of a massive data breach that saw PlayStation Network subscribers’ information stolen by unknown hackers, Sony Computer Entertainment has been scrambling restore their online gaming service — but getting it back online may not be enough, if one U.S. Senator’s demands are to be taken seriously. Responding…

China in no mood to listen in U.S. rights talks

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s increasingly tough line against dissent suggests it will be in no mood to bend to U.S. demands to soften its approach when the two begin talks on human rights on Wednesday. Analysts said the gulf between the two sides looks especially deep ahead of this year’s…

Harvard academic elected to head Tibet’s exiled government

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – Harvard academic Lobsang Sangay was elected head of Tibet’s exiled government Wednesday, with the daunting task of assuming the political duties of a global icon, the Dalai Lama. Sangay, a 43-year-old international law expert, easily beat the two other candidates for the prime minister’s post, securing…

Pope John Paul II sainting process moving quickly

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Is Pope John Paul II approaching his halo too fast? As the Vatican prepares to elevate the late pontiff one step closer to sainthood this Sunday, the Catholic world is caught up with beatification fever. Rome is festooned with posters of the former pope on buses and lamp posts as…

U.S. denies considering tougher visas for Chinese officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department denied a newspaper report on Wednesday that Washington could respond to a series of Chinese diplomatic snubs by making it more difficult for senior Chinese officials to secure visas. “The U.S. has not contemplated, nor is it considering any changes to our visa policies in China,” State…

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