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Judge dismisses firm’s lawsuit against Chevron

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chevron Corp will not have to face accusations from a prominent U.S. law firm that the oil major mounted a “smear campaign” related to long-running environmental battles in Ecuador, a U.S. judge has ruled. Patton Boggs, a Washington D.C.-based firm representing Ecuadorean plaintiffs suing Chevron, had…

Uganda threatens to block Twitter and Facebook over protests

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda will order social media sites Twitter and Facebook blocked locally if further protests over high food and fuel prices take place because they are being used to fan unrest, a senior official said Tuesday. Monday, soldiers and police fired teargas to disperse thousands demonstrating for a third time against rising…

Last Supper was a day earlier, scientist claims

LONDON (AFP) – Christians have long celebrated Jesus Christ’s Last Supper on Maundy Thursday but new research released Monday claims to show it took place on the Wednesday before the crucifixion. Professor Colin Humphreys, a scientist at the University of Cambridge, believes it is all due to a calendar mix-up…

Fidel Castro resigns as head of Cuba’s Communist Party

by Isabel Sanchez Isabel Sanchez – Tue Apr 19, 3:40 am ET HAVANA (AFP) – Fidel Castro confirmed his exit from the Communist Party leadership on Tuesday, ceding power to his brother Raul as delegates prepare to vote on changes that could bring term limits to key posts. The move…

China urges U.S. to protect creditors after S&P warning

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the United Statesmust take “responsible” measures to protect investors in its debt after Standard & Poor’s threatened to lower its credit rating on the United States due to a bulging budget deficit. “We hope the U.S. government will take responsible policies and measures to…

World’s oldest man greets 114th birthday in western Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – The world’s oldest man greeted his 114th birthday in rural JapanTuesday with a breakfast of grilled sea bream, miso soup and red-bean rice — telling interviewers he planned to live until the age of 120. Former postal workerJirouemon Kimura told city officials of his native Kyotango in western Japan that…

Attempts to attack royal wedding considered ‘highly likely’

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Police officers and sniffer dogs have been scouring drains, bins and peering inside lampposts in central London to check for explosives ahead of next week’s royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Officers have been checking under manhole covers and even hunting inside traffic lights for any hidden bombs…

With an eye to Japan, world pledges cash for Chernobyl

KIEV (Reuters) – The world community, spurred by the nuclear crisis in Japan, on Tuesday pledged 550 million euros ($780 million) extra cash to help build a new containment shell at the site of the 1986 Chernobyl accident. Ukraine had hoped for 740 million euros from world governments and international organizations at a conference…

Japan eyes sales tax rise to pay for post-quake rebuild

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese consumers may have to help foot the reconstruction bill after last month’s earthquake and tsunami caused $300 billion of damage, further burdening the hugely indebted economy, a newspaper said on Tuesday. It would be the first increase since 1997, though a sales tax hike had been…

Riots in Nigeria following presidential election

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) – Riots spread across Nigeria’s north on Monday as results from presidential elections showed incumbent Goodluck Jonathan assured of victory in polls that reflected deep regional tensions. Residents reported that a home belonging to an aide to the vice president was among those set alight and a…

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