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Spot where Julius Caesar was killed will be open for tourism in 2013

The area among Rome’s ancient ruins where general Julius Caesar was assassinated will be open to tourists starting in 2013 following long-running excavation work, local officials told AFP on Thursday. “Next year we will complete the excavation work and give the area back to visitors,” said Umberto Broccoli, the head…

Germany to re-legalize circumcision

Germany’s Parliament approved a bill on Wednesday that explicitly legalizes circumcision, following months of uncertainty over the law after a court declared the practice illegal. The surgery is one of the most common medically unnecessary procedures performed around the world, and while it is mostly safe, it also carries the…

Right-wing French politician sues over claims he had affair with Socialist first lady

A right-wing politician is to sue the authors of a book on French first lady Valerie Trierweiler that claims she had an affair with him while also seeing the current Socialist president, his office said Thursday. Patrick Devedjian, who was a minister under ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, is suing the authors…

China calls on U.S. to rescind solar cell import taxes

Beijing on Thursday urged the United States to rescind hefty anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on China’s solar-cell makers amid an intensifying row in the sector dominated by Chinese companies. The US Commerce Department on Wednesday issued a final confirmation of its May finding that Chinese producers and exporters had been…

German analysts warn there is ‘great danger’ of recession

Germany’s leading economic think tanks warned on Thursday there was a “great danger” that Europe’s top economy could fall into recession, as they slashed their growth forecasts for next year in half. The four institutes — Ifo in Munich, IfW in Kiel, IW in Halle and RWI in Essen —…

Arab women launch cyber uprising for equality

Taking their cue from the Arab Spring, but fearing a backlash from Islamists the uprisings brought to power, Arab cyber activists have embarked on a daring campaign urging women fight for equality. “The uprising of women in the Arab World” is the title of the Facebook page where the campaign…

Chinese author Mo Yan wins Nobel literature prize

Chinese author Mo Yan on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize for writing that mixes folk tales, history and the contemporary, the Swedish Academy announced. “Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the…

Shot Pakistan teen activist improving after surgery

AFP - A Pakistani child activist shot in the head by the Taliban is slowly improving but will remain sedated in intensive care for at least another 24 hours, a relative said Thursday. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the scenic Swat valley has been denounced…

Denying girls school entrenches poverty: report

AFP - Millions of girls worldwide are not going to school, an education gap that condemns them to lives of hardship and entrenches broader extreme poverty, a new report said Thursday. The report, “Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2012,” was released in New York by…

China bloggers expose more corruption: reports

AFP - Chinese officials have launched a probe after microbloggers said they had uncovered another allegedly corrupt leader who owns millions of dollars worth of property, state press said on Thursday. Southern Guangzhou city will investigate urban management official Cai Bin, 56, who has 21 homes valued at 40 million yuan…

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