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Sloths catch some rest in a Costa Rica sanctuary

They often arrive in bad shape — hit by cars, zapped by high-voltage wires as they climb trees, or orphaned because superstitious locals have killed their moms. But life gets sweet once the gates open at Costa Rica’s sloth sanctuary, one of few in the world specializing in the study…

European Union plans to trim biofuel targets to combat global warming

The European Union plans to trim targets on biofuel use, once seen as a potential source of cheap alternative energy but now widely blamed for soaring food prices, according to a draft proposal. In 2009, the EU fixed a target for renewables to account for 20 percent of all the…

Australia acts to stop super-trawler

The Australian government Tuesday announced plans to change its environmental protection laws to prevent a controversial super-trawler from fishing in its waters. The 9,500-tonne FV Margiris, recently reflagged as the Abel Tasman, is currently docked at Port Lincoln in South Australia, but under the new laws would not be able…

Two Saudis beheaded for armed robbery

Saudi Arabia beheaded two nationals in the southwestern city of Jizan on Tuesday after they were convicted of armed robbery, the interior ministry announced. “Mohammed bin Ahmed Kharmi and Musa bin Mohsen Kharmi lured a man and opened fire on him,” the ministry said in a statement published by SPA…

Al-Qaeda leader confirms deputy’s death

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has released a video coinciding with the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, confirming for the first time the death of his deputy, US monitors said. The 42-minute video is Zawahiri’s first release in three months, and confirms that Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in a…

Hong Kong moves to evict Occupy protesters

Hong Kong on Tuesday sent bailiffs to evict protesters camped outside the HSBC bank headquarters, the last outpost of the anti-capitalist “Occupy” movement in Asia. Unarmed officers began clearing around a dozen protesters from their camp on the ground floor plaza of the bank’s office tower, which has been occupied…

Fictional Japanese nuclear disaster film shot partially on Fukushima grounds

A deserted Fukushima devastated by a nuclear meltdown triggered by an earthquake and tsunami last year stood in for a fictional Japanese prefecture in director Sion Sono’s new film. “Kibou No Kuni” (The Land of Hope) premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs through to September…

Coke makes its first delivery to Myanmar in 60 years

Coca-Cola has put its stamp of approval on Myanmar’s reforms with the first official delivery of the popular soft drink in the country in more than 60 years, the company announced Monday. The soft drinks giant also said it was moving to establish a bottling operation in the country as…

France’s wealthiest man pledges to sue over front-page ‘rich idiot’ headline

France’s richest man said Monday he would sue a newspaper over its front-page headline — “Get lost, you rich idiot!” — which came in response to news he has applied for Belgian nationality. The headline in the left-wing Liberation daily was aimed at Bernard Arnault, boss of the luxury conglomerate…

Iraqi governor links bombing suspects to vice president

An Iraqi provincial governor on Monday said that 18 suspects arrested in connection with bomb attacks are linked to Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who has been sentenced to death in absentia. On Sunday several bombings rocked Nasiriyah, capital of the southern province Dhi Qar, including one near the French honorary…

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