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China calls on U.S. and Japan to fix their finances

China said Saturday the failure by Washington and Tokyo to fix their fiscal problems was hurting the global economy, as it called for “bold, swift and decisive action” to reverse a slowdown. Deputy central bank governor Yi Gang warned the absence of a “credible, medium-term fiscal consolidation in some of…

Anglo American Platinum loses $126 million over South Africa strikes

The world’s top platinum producer Anglo American announced $126 million in lost revenue due to a month-long illegal strike, as ratings agency S&P downgraded South Africa over the mining unrest. Anglo American also declared a force majeure in its chrome deliveries as a result of the wildcat strike by thousands…

Australian Matt White quits, admits to Lance Armstrong team doping

Australia’s former Olympian Matt White on Saturday confessed to being a part of the deepening Lance Armstrong doping conspiracy and quit his roles with Australian pro cycling team Orica-GreenEDGE and Cycling Australia. White, 38, admitted to being part of a general strategy of doping when he rode on the Armstrong-led…

U.S. requests extradition of ex-Kyrgyzstan president’s son

The son of Kyrgyzstan’s ousted president has been arrested in London after the United States requested his extradition, the Kyrgyz presidency and British and US diplomats said. Former top official Maxim Bakiyev, 34, was seeking asylum in Britain after his father Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in 2010 in violent street…

Women could save Japan’s economy: IMF’s Lagarde

Women could rescue Japan’s chronically underperforming economy if more of them went to work, the female director of the International Monetary Fund said Saturday. Christine Lagarde said Japan’s shrinking and greying workforce, which has left the country struggling to pay welfare bills, could really benefit from an injection of female…

Shot Pakistani girl still on ventilator

AFP - A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban remained on a ventilator in hospital Saturday, as people continued to pray for her recovery, the military said. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who campaigned for the right to an education, has been denounced worldwide and by the…

More than 100 injured as protesters clash in Egypt

More than 100 people were injured in Egypt Friday as demonstrations both supporting and opposing President Mohamed Morsi converged and battled one another across Tahrir Square. According to Russia Today, the violent clashes between liberal groups and supporters of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood started following the acquittal Wednesday of…

Cuba’s Fidel Castro in ‘good health,’ son says

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro is in good health, according to one of his sons in remarks cited Friday by local media. Castro, 86, is “going about his daily activities. He exercises, reads and stays in shape,” son Alex Castro Soto del Valle said in Guantanamo, as he presented a…

Asia’s first gay sports tournament begins in Nepal

Hundreds of athletes Friday took part in Asia’s first-ever sports tournament for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, organisers said. The three-day event at the national football stadium and other venues around Kathmandu kicked off with a football match between local teams. The tournament features basketball,…

Canadian teen in viral anti-bullying video commits suicide

A Canadian teen who filmed a viral anti-bullying video about how she was cyber-stalked by an unknown person who’d obtained a topless photo of her was found dead in her home on Wednesday in an apparent suicide. Amanda Todd’s video, published September 7, features a heartbreaking description of vicious bullying…

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