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Secretary Clinton calls for taxing the global elite ‘in an equitable manner’

NEW YORK — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton entered the 2012 US presidential campaign fray for the first time Monday, highlighting a burning issue at the center of debate — taxing the wealthy. “One of the issues that I have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes…

French doctors stand trial for covering up deadly radiation overdoses

Two hospital doctors and a radiologist accused of giving hundreds of cancer patients potentially deadly radiation overdoses and then destroying evidence to cover up the mistake, have gone on trial for manslaughter. At least seven people died out of a group of 24 patients who received doses of radiation up…

‘Catch Me If You Can’-inspired Italian man impersonates airline pilot

An Italian man arrested after flying as a fake airline pilot told police he was inspired by the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can. The unnamed man, who was going by the name Andrea Sirlo, tricked his way into the cockpit of at least one jet by posing as a pilot.…

South Korean dictator’s daughter apologizes for abuses

The ruling party candidate in South Korea’s presidential election offered her “sincere apologies” on Monday to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-Hee. “I believe that it is an unchanging value of democracy that ends cannot justify the means in politics,” Park Geun-Hye said…

Minister: Palestinian state efforts at risk in cash crisis

Efforts to create a Palestinian state could collapse unless emergency funds are found to bail out its nascent government, the Palestinian finance minister said. The Palestinian Authority faces a $400 million shortfall this year and has already been hit by protests over the spiralling cost of living and spending cuts…

German economic miracle leaves the poorest behind

The economic “miracle” that has enabled Germany to escape the worst of Europe’s debt crisis is largely passing by some of the most vulnerable people in society, critics say. And as Germany finally begins to feel the pinch from a crisis that has pushed most of its neighbours into recession,…

Locals hope yodelling class boosts Austrian tourism

Go hiking in the Alps around Salzburg these days and you won’t be surprised to hear a resounding “Hol-la ra-e ho-e he!” Amid the green pastures and snowy peaks that famously inspired Julie Andrews to launch into song in “The Sound of Music”, a new Yodel hiking trail — the…

State Department slams Pakistani minister’s $100,000 filmmaker bounty

he United States denounced a $100,000 bounty offered by a Pakistani cabinet minister for killing the maker of an anti-Islam film that has triggered a wave of deadly, violent protests. Pakistan’s Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour on Saturday offered the “prize” for killing the filmmaker of “Innocence of Muslims” and…

Bulawayo residents ordered to simultaneously flush toilets because of drought

It takes a special moment to bring people together. The residents of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city, will remember where they were and what they were doing at 7.30pm on Saturday. Flushing their toilets. The sound of thousands of lavatories gushing across the city was the result of an unorthodox attempt…

Head of Oktoberfest’s lost-and-found office reveals what drunk partygoers leave behind

With about eight million beers downed each year at the Oktoberfest, you might expect a few items to go awry, but the lost-and-found office at the world’s top beer fest really has seen it all. A total of 4,900 items were lost at last year’s festival, with the objects missing…

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