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Bank of England official: Occupy movement right about global recession

The Occupy Movement has found an unlikely ally in a senior Bank of England official, Andrew Haldane, who has praised protesters for their role in triggering an overhaul of the financial services sector. Haldane, who oversees the City for the central bank, said Occupy acted as a lever on policymakers…

Many views of the storm from Internet webcams

WASHINGTON — Americans got an unparalleled view of the unprecedented storm hitting the eastern United States from the dozens of live webcams set up in the region. Officials were urging people to avoid heading to the shore for pictures, but they could watch the storm’s impact in real time —…

Greek journalist detained for publishing list of Swiss bank account holders

Police detain magazine editor for breaching Greece’s privacy law A Greek journalist has been arrested for publishing the names of wealthy Greek citizens with deposits totalling €2bn (£1.bn) in Swiss bank accounts. Kostas Vaxevanis, editor of the Greek magazine Hot Doc, published the so-called “Lagarde list.” It’s an electronic file…

French judge orders release of breast implant founder

A French judge on Monday ordered the release of the founder of breast implant company PIP, which sparked a global health scare over potentially faulty products, after eight months in preventive detention. Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) boss Jean-Claude Mas, 73, was ordered released but will be “placed under judicial supervision,”…

Buddhist monk declared world’s happiest man

As he grins serenely and his burgundy robes billow in the fresh Himalayan wind, it is not difficult to see why scientists declared Matthieu Ricard the happiest man they had ever tested. The monk, molecular geneticist and confidant of the Dalai Lama, is passionately setting out why meditation can alter…

Early results put ruling party ahead in Ukrainian elections

Ukraine’s ruling party was set for victory in legislative polls, comfortably ahead of the party of ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko, whose jailing sparked Western concerns of foul play, early official results showed Monday. With ballots counted from 14.6 percent of polling booths following Sunday’s vote, the Regions Party of President Viktor…

Egypt’s Copts to choose new pope

Egypt’s Coptic Christians vote on Monday for a new leader to succeed Pope Shenuda III, who died in March leaving behind a community anxious about its status under an Islamist-led government. The death of Shenuda, who headed the church for four decades, set in motion the process to elect a…

French president Hollande to meet with World Bank

French President Francois Hollande holds talks on Monday with the heads of the World Bank and other top economic bodies to discuss the eurozone debt crisis and ways to kickstart growth. The meeting will start at 11:00 am (1000 GMT) at the Paris headquarters of the OECD and will be…

Chocolate re-conquers the world

History is coming full circle: borrowed from the Aztecs four centuries ago, perfected for the palate by the Europeans, chocolate is conquering new worlds, with sales booming from Asia to Brazil. Every second, 95 tonnes of chocolate are wolfed down around the world, or three million tonnes a year, according…

Vatican says it regrets honoring notorious British pedophile

The Vatican said Sunday it regretted conferring a papal knighthood on Jimmy Savile in 1990, but said there was no way to revoke the honour despite revelations of child sex crimes committed by the disgraced British television star. The Vatican is “deeply saddened that someone who has been defiled in…

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