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‘Peeping Tom’ on Japan flight avoids charges: reports

A “peeping Tom” who used a pen-shaped camera to take an upskirt shot of a cabin attendant during a domestic flight in Japan has avoided charges after prosecutors failed to decide which prefecture the plane was flying over at the time, reports said. The 34-year-old man extended his hand with…

Occupy protesters chain themselves to London cathedral

Cathedral authorities accused of colluding with big banks during evensong protest on eve of anniversary of start of Occupy camp The traditional solemnity of St Paul’s Sunday evensong was disrupted when four members of the Occupy London movement, which camped outside the cathedral for four months, chained themselves to the…

Lance Armstrong ‘may take lie test’ as new claims emerge

PARIS — Disgraced cycling icon Lance Armstrong might be prepared to take a lie detector test, his lawyer has suggested, as further damning evidence emerges of the intimidation and threats he used to cover up his alleged drug taking. While Armstrong has refused to respond to the litany of charges…

Kafka works to be given to Israel state library

JERUSALEM — An Israeli court has ruled the literary estate of Max Brod, including the writings of his friend Franz Kafka, will be transferred to Israel’s national library, after more than four decades in private hands. In a Tel Aviv family court ruling seen published on Sunday, justice Talia Kopelman-Pardo…

Jailed Bahrain medics ‘go on hunger strike’

DUBAI — Five medics jailed in connection with last year’s anti-regime protests in Bahrain went on hunger strike on Sunday, urging international rights groups to campaign for their release, lawyers said. The Shiite medics, who have been in prison since October 1 after the Gulf kingdom’s highest court upheld their…

‘Violations’ mar Russian elections

MOSCOW — Russians on Sunday voted to elect governors and mayors in the first such polls since President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin as observers complained of numerous violations. Voters went to the polls to elect different layers of local and regional government in almost all the country’s regions,…

Gaza Salafist leader among three dead in Israel air strikes

A top Salafist leader and two other militants were killed in overnight air strikes on Gaza, as Israel vowed on Sunday to “act aggressively” against jihadists. In the first of two deadly strikes, which took place in the northern town of Jabaliya late on Saturday, the Israeli air force killed…

China calls on U.S. and Japan to fix their finances

China said Saturday the failure by Washington and Tokyo to fix their fiscal problems was hurting the global economy, as it called for “bold, swift and decisive action” to reverse a slowdown. Deputy central bank governor Yi Gang warned the absence of a “credible, medium-term fiscal consolidation in some of…

Anglo American Platinum loses $126 million over South Africa strikes

The world’s top platinum producer Anglo American announced $126 million in lost revenue due to a month-long illegal strike, as ratings agency S&P downgraded South Africa over the mining unrest. Anglo American also declared a force majeure in its chrome deliveries as a result of the wildcat strike by thousands…

Australian Matt White quits, admits to Lance Armstrong team doping

Australia’s former Olympian Matt White on Saturday confessed to being a part of the deepening Lance Armstrong doping conspiracy and quit his roles with Australian pro cycling team Orica-GreenEDGE and Cycling Australia. White, 38, admitted to being part of a general strategy of doping when he rode on the Armstrong-led…

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