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China ‘re-education’ labor camp reform revealed — then deleted

China will stop using its long-criticised “re-education” labour camps this year, state media quoted a senior official saying Monday — only for reports of the news to disappear within hours. The fate of the announcement — at once historic but also short-lived — offered a rare glimpse behind the tightly…

Thailand to extradite hacker wanted by the FBI

An Algerian computer hacker wanted by the FBI for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from American banks to fund a lavish lifestyle has been arrested in Bangkok, Thai police said Monday. Hamza Bendelladj, 24, appeared unruffled by his looming extradition to the United States as he was paraded before the…

Egypt’s Morsi backs calls for Assad war crimes trial

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told CNN Sunday he backs Syrian calls for Bashar al-Assad to be tried for war crimes, and predicted Assad’s regime would fall in the country’s bloody civil war. “The Syrian people, through their revolution, and through the movement will, when the bloodshed stops, move to a…

Statue built to Chinese reformer whose death sparked Tiananmen Square democracy protests

A statue of former Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang, a reformer whose death sparked the Tiananmen Square democracy protests, has been set up in the coastal city of Taizhou, state media reported on Monday. The bronze image, depicting Hu looking into the distance, was unveiled Sunday on Dachen island…

‘World’s greatest living explorer’ sets off for world’s first Antarctic winter crossing

Adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes said his bid for the world’s first Antarctic winter crossing, with no option of rescue, would be a trip into the unknown despite his multiple record expeditions. Known as the world’s greatest living explorer, Fiennes will depart Monday for the coldest place on Earth. The intrepid…

Kuwait jails second tweeter for insulting emir

Kuwait’s lower court on Monday handed a two-year jail term to an opposition tweeter for allegedly insulting the emir in the second such sentence in as many days, a human rights activist said. “Ayyad al-Harbi was sentenced to two years in jail,” director of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights…

Japanese police taunted by anonymous hacker find clue on cat’s collar

Police in Japan who have for months been taunted by an anonymous hacker have found a digital memory card attached to an animal’s collar after solving a set of emailed riddles, reports said Monday. The discovery was made after messages were sent to newspapers and broadcasters, with the sender claiming…

Syrian opposition dismisses Assad call for talks amid attack on ‘western puppets’

Rebels say Syrian president offered no meaningful concessions in his first public speech in seven months Syria’s opposition and its international backers have rejected Bashar al-Assad’s latest initiative to end the 21 months of violence, insisting that he offered no meaningful concessions and should surrender power at once. Hopes of…

Northern Ireland violence continues despite peace talks

Violence flared for the fourth night running in Northern Ireland on Sunday, hours after politicians and Church leaders held talks in a bid to quell a row over the flying of the British flag. After three nights of rioting and attacks on police, Northern Ireland’s chief police officer Matt Baggott…

Weight-loss drug linked to deaths in France shaken by fresh scandal

Drug company boss faces manslaughter investigation as victims complain of delays in compensation A weight-loss drug believed to have killed hundreds in France’s biggest ever pharmaceutical scandal has sparked fresh controversy as victims complain of delays in state compensation and a major drug-company boss has been placed under formal investigation…

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