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IMF chief warns over slowing global growth

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Friday warned that the global economy was slowing, with a soon-to-be published growth outlook lower than earlier forecasts. “What I can tell you is that it will be tilted to the downside and certainly lower than the forecast that was published three months…

World meets in Paris to end Syria killings

The United States is set to call for tough UN sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle at a “Friends of Syria” meeting of over 100 Western and Arab nations in Paris Friday. But despite the estimated killing of more than 16,500 people in the 16-month uprising, key…

Wiesenthal Center to Germany: restore circumcision

The Wiesenthal Center on Thursday urged authorities in Berlin to overturn a court ruling banning circumcision, saying it would be “a stain on today’s Germany” to let it stand. The Los Angeles-based Jewish lobby group said Chancellor Angela Merkel and German lawmakers should act immediately to reverse the June 26…

UN calls for ‘billionaires tax’ to help world’s poor

The United Nations on Thursday called for a tax on billionaires to help raise more than $400 billion a year for poor countries. An annual lump sum payment by the super-rich is one of a host of measures including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, currency exchanges or financial transactions…

Libyan oil terminals shut down by demonstrators

Two oil terminals in east Libya were forced to halt production Thursday by federalism backers, an AFP journalist at the scene and local sources said. “The harbour is closed… The pumping and loading of oil has been stopped… The group that came were federalists,” said Tumi Shakari, a supervisor at a major oil terminal in the port…

Former Argentine dictators sentenced to long jail terms in “stolen babies” case

Two former Argentine dictators were handed heavy prison sentences Thursday for their involvement in the kidnapping of babies from leftist activists killed during the 1976-1983 dictatorship. Jorge Videla, 86, was sentenced to 50 years in prison and Reynaldo Bignone, 84, was given a 15-year jail term, presiding judge Maria Roqueta said as she read the…

EU votes to end whaling in Greenland

Denmark on Thursday lost a bid to extend whaling by Greenland’sindigenous people beyond this year, with EU nations sharing concerns that tourists were being served a glut of whale meat. In a surprise at International Whaling Commission talks in Panama, all other European Union nations voted against fellow member Denmark after saying they failed to reach…

Hamburg moves forward with concert hall designed to rival Sydney Opera House

German city Hamburg ended a row Thursday with the firm building a concert hall intended to rival the Sydney Opera House, already years behind schedule and millions over budget. Under the deal between the local government and the construction company Hochtief announced in a joint statement, the Elbphilharmonie hall, which…

Google and Italy partner to put film heritage on YouTube

US Internet giant Google and Italy’s Istituto Luce-Cinecitta on Thursday announced a joint project to make much of the country’s silver screen heritage available on a YouTube channel. “This announcement represents an important step in our efforts to safeguard Italy’s rich culture and allow global public access to it,” said…

UN Human Rights Council backs Internet freedom

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva passed its first resolution on Internet freedom on Thursday with a call for all states to support individuals’ rights online as much as offline. Despite opposition on the issue from countries including China, Russia and India, countries promoting the resolution hailed the…

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