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Japan’s new pro-business government set to dismantle ‘zero nuclear power by 2040′ goal

Japan’s new leaders set to work Thursday on dismantling plans to rid the country of nuclear power by 2040, pledging to review a post-Fukushima policy. The pro-business Liberal Democratic Party-led government also said they would give the green light to any reactors deemed safe by regulators, indicating shuttered power stations…

Nicaraguan farmers stay put as volcano continues to rumble

Some 1,500 farmers living on the slopes of the San Cristobal volcano refused to leave, despite being ordered to evacuate as the volcano spewed gas, sand and ash. “People have not evacuated because we do not want to go and leave the area abandoned,” Maria Pereira told AFP. Pereira lives…

U.N. pulls staff out of Central African Republic as rebels attack

The United Nations on Wednesday ordered more than 200 non-essential staff and families of other workers to leave Central African Republic because of a rebel offensive against the government. Rebel coalition troops have stopped short of the capital, but UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said “their contradictory messages and their continued…

Pakistan prepares to mark five years since PM Bhutto’s murder

Pakistan Thursday marks the fifth anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, with her son expected to launch his political career with a speech in the family’s ancestral home town. Bhutto, twice elected prime minister, was killed in a gun and suicide attack after an election rally…

Unusually harsh winter hits Morocco’s mountain region

In a country on the doorstep of western Europe and popular for sunshine holidays, an unusually bitter winter has hit isolated mountain villages, causing hardship not usually associated with Morocco. On an icy morning in December, Salem Said trudges with his son along a snow-swept road to the only school…

Letter allegedly detailing Chinese forced labor camp found in Halloween kit

A note found in Halloween decorations purchased in Portland, Ore., over a year ago may have carried a letter from a forced labor camp in China, reported The Oregonian. Julie Keith was considering donating an unopened graveyard kit she bought at Kmart, but in October she opened it and discovered…

UN predicts 1.1 million Syrian refugees by June

The United Nations on Wednesday predicted the number of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries will double to 1.1 million by June next year if the country’s war is not ended. There are now more than 540,000 registered refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, according to the latest UN…

Iran grounds domestic flights during call to prayer

Iran has ordered domestic airlines to take off half an hour after pre-dawn Muslim prayers, the website of country’s civil aviation organisation quoted its chief as saying on Wednesday. “According to a directive we issued to the domestic airlines, from now on the airlines will be authorised to take off…

‘Thunderbirds’ creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83

Gerry Anderson, the British director and creator of the cult sci-fi animation series “Thunderbirds”, died on Wednesday aged 83, his son said on Wednesday. Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease since 2010 and his health had deteriorated in the past six months, Jamie Anderson said on his personal website.…

Germany ‘exporting’ elderly to foreign retirement homes

Pensioners are being sent to care homes in eastern Europe and Asia in an austerity move dismissed as ‘inhumane deportation’ Growing numbers of elderly and sick Germans are being sent overseas for long-term care in retirement and rehabilitation centres because of rising costs and falling standards in Germany. The move,…

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