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Ghanian president-elect urges respect for disputed vote results

Ghana’s John Dramani Mahama urged respect for results giving him victory in presidential polls after the opposition alleged fraud in a nation trying to uphold its image as a model African democracy. There were no reports of trouble on the streets of the west African nation’s capital Accra on Monday…

North Korea extends rocket launch window over Christmas

North Korea on Monday extended the window for its planned rocket launch by one week due to technical problems but stressed it was pushing on with the mission in the face of international condemnation. A day after announcing a review of the original December 10-22 launch schedule, the Korean Committee…

Crying Pacquiao ‘let Philippine fans down’

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao shed tears on national television Monday, saying he had let his country down in his devastating knockout loss to his great Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez. “The low morale, the sadness, I accept that. This is my job…. But the reaction of the Filipinos, the…

Indonesian Shiites persecuted as ‘heretics’ live in limbo

Condemned as heretics, a community of around 200 Shiite Muslims have for months lived as pariahs in a sports hall, driven from their Indonesian village after a deadly clash with Sunnis. In August, a mob of hundreds armed with sickles and swords hacked a Shiite man to death and torched…

Russian PM caught insulting investigators after interview

Stark divisions within Russia’s elite were exposed Monday when a hot mic mishap showed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev slamming security forces as “jerks” for launching an early morning raid against a filmmaker. Medvedev on Friday gave an extensive end-of-year interview to five Russian channels in a clear bid to keep…

Divided European Union steps up to collect Nobel Peace Prize

Undermined by three years of economic crisis, the European Union steps up divided Monday to collect this year’s Nobel peace prize, awarded for turning Europe “from a continent of war to a continent of peace”. The Nobel medal, diploma and almost million-euro prize will be handed to the organisation’s top…

Chavez to leave for Cuba for more cancer surgery

Hugo Chavez was set to leave for Cuba early Monday to undergo new cancer surgery that the Venezuelan leftist president admitted was urgently needed to fight the deadly disease. It will be the fourth time the firebrand anti-American populist, re-elected only last October, has undergone surgery since being diagnosed last…

Oil giant says August cyber attack targeted whole Saudi kingdom

Oil giant Saudi Aramco said on Sunday that an August cyber attack on its computer network targeted not just the company but the kingdom’s economy as a whole. The interior ministry, which joined Aramco’s investigation into the attack that affected some 30,000 of the firm’s computers, said it was carried…

Controversial skyscraper alters Santiago skyline

The skyline of Chile’s capital has been altered over the past year by a skyscraper — the tallest in South America and one so towering it casts a shadow nearly two kilometers (more than a mile) long. The 70-story Gran Torre Costanera Center, a giant that dwarfs Santiago’s other skyscrapers,…

Monkey wearing coat and diapers found in Toronto Ikea parking lot

A monkey wearing a shearling coat and diapers was found wandering around an Ikea parking lot in Toronto, reported the CBC. The monkey’s owner, who was shopping at the home and furniture store, put the monkey in a crate inside her car, but it managed to escape. “It’s a smart…

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