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Thief posts own picture on victim’s Facebook page

A suspected thief appears to have mistakenly posted his own picture on his victim’s Facebook page using a stolen tablet computer, South African media reported Friday. James and Barbara McCall returned from a weekend break to find thieves had broken into their home and had made off with digital cameras,…

Red-dust sunset as west Australia braces for cyclone

Western Australians were bracing for a cyclone with residents warned to batten down for storms and destructive winds gusting up to 140 kilometres per hour (90 mph). Cyclone Narelle was estimated to be 525 kilometres (325 miles) north of Exmouth and 505 kilometres north-west of Karratha near the Pilbara mining…

Pollution turns Hong Kong harbour from ‘fragrant’ to foul

Hong Kong’s name may mean “fragrant harbour”, but cargo ships burning dirty fuel in what is one of the world’s busiest ports add to a foul layer of pollution that kills more than 3,000 people a year. Now the government is vowing to get tough, with activists hoping mandatory restrictions…

Critics of Likud’s new vanguard say party has abandoned founder’s ideals

Critics of Likud's new vanguard say party has abandoned founder's ideals Few Israelis today remember that until 1966, Arab citizens of the Jewish state were under army rule and needed permits from the local military governor to travel outside their home towns for work, study, or medical care. Even fewer…

Idle No More: Canada’s indigenous ‘Occupy’ movement

Idle No More: Canada's indigenous 'Occupy' movement Canada’s First Nations peoples and their supporters have been loudly protesting federal legislation that, they say, strips protections from dozens of Canada’s lakes and waterways and ignores the government’s treaty obligations to its indigenous inhabitants. Since November, dozens of demonstrations…   [Idle No…

Billions in Afghan aid could be wasted: U.S. inspector

Billions of dollars in American assistance to Afghanistan could ultimately go to waste without better planning and security in the war-torn nation, a US investigator said Thursday. John Sopko, the congressionally mandated Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, aired his concerns as Afghan President Hamid Karzai held talks in Washington…

Tensions rising in Canada over aboriginal living conditions

Canada’s governor general on Thursday invited native chiefs to meet with him amid growing tensions with aboriginal peoples over squalid living conditions on reserves. The “ceremonial meeting” at Rideau Hall, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in this former British colony, is scheduled for Friday evening after planned…

Catholic bishops slam Israel’s security barrier

A delegation of Roman Catholic bishops from Europe and North America pledged on Thursday to press their governments to act against the “injustice” of Israel’s West Bank separation barrier. During a three-day trip ending on Thursday, the eight prelates visited Christian congregations in the Gaza Strip, Bethlehem, the West Bank…

94-year-old man breaks out of Munich hospital in search of a birthday beer

A 94-year-old pensioner broke out of hospital in Munich so he could belatedly celebrate his birthday in one of the German city’s famous beer halls, police said Thursday. A passer-by noticed the elderly man at an underground rail station on Wednesday as he still had an intravenous drip needle implanted…

Chinese state media mocks ‘repulsive’ government cliches

Chinese state media turned on the government’s own use of language Thursday, mocking a list of “repulsive” official cliches submitted by social media users. The public shaming of bureaucrat-speak — hosted on the microblog of the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily — came after China’s new leaders slammed the…

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