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Ecuador’s President Correa to run for third term

Ecuador President Rafael Correa officially announced Saturday that he would run for a third term in February elections — a contest in which he is expected to be the runaway favorite. “We are in the process of making history, and we will once again carry the citizens’ revolution to victory,”…

Director General of BBC resigns over erroneous news report

Society,Technology,UK News,Media: BBC in crisis as George Entwistle quits over Newsnight fiasco (1081) GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE A399181363 Lisa O’Carroll, The Observer www.guardiannews.com The BBC has been plunged into the deepest crisis in its history with the dramatic resignation of its director general, George Entwistle, after just 54 days in the…

Obama to get reelection gift of truffle weighing more than a kilo

A small Italian village renowned for its white truffles announced Saturday it would give US President Barack Obama a record specimen weighing in at more than a kilo as a reelection present. “A 1.012-kg truffle from Acqualagna will be gifted to the President of the United States Barack Obama to…

Two Afghan soldiers attack US-led NATO forces

Two Afghan soldiers attacked US-led NATO forces (ISAF) in western Afghanistan on Saturday — injuring a Spanish soldier — in the latest “insider” attack in the country, officials said. An ISAF spokesman in Kabul said that the attack by two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, one of whom died, occurred…

Denmark to scrap world’s first fat tax

Denmark said Saturday it would scrap a fat tax it introduced a little over a year ago in a world first, saying the measure was costly and failed to change Danes’ eating habits. “The fat tax and the extension of the chocolate tax — the so-called sugar tax — has…

Gazans killed, Israeli soldiers wounded in clashes

Two Palestinians were killed on Saturday and more than 20 others wounded in Israeli shelling, Palestinian sources said, as clashes erupted along the border in which three soldiers were also hurt. “Two Palestinians were killed and 22 others wounded, six of them seriously,” said spokesman Yahya Khader of the Hamas…

Sixteen dead in largest Sri Lankan prison riot in decades

The number of people killed in Sri Lanka’s worst prison riot in nearly three decades rose to 16 while another 43 escaped with injuries, officials said Saturday. The toll rose as three more people succumbed to their injuries following gunbattles between rioting inmates and security personnel at Colombo’s Welikada jail,…

Russia’s Putin hires army chief in military shake-up

President Vladimir Putin on Friday replaced Russia’s army chief of staff with a veteran commander from a Chechnya war, in a military shake-up after the dramatic sacking of the defence minister. Putin announced that army chief Nikolai Makarov has been replaced by General Valery Gerasimov, a commander from the second…

Google’s China service disrupted without explanation

Google on Friday reported unexplained disruptions to its service in China. “We’ve checked and there is nothing wrong on our end,” a Google spokeswoman told AFP. An online tool that tracks outages or disruptions to the California-based Internet giant’s services showed online traffic in China plummet mid-day. The disruption followed…

Explosive secret may be contained in Arafat’s tomb

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — The Palestinians’ most explosive secret may be lurking under the stone slab covering Yasser Arafat’s tomb where experts hope to explain his mysterious death eight years ago. When the iconic Palestinian leader died at the age of 75 in a French military hospital near Paris on…

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