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Indian cartoonist held on sedition charges

Indian police Monday questioned a cartoonist on charges of sedition over a series of cartoons which lampooned the government’s corruption record, including one that depicted parliament as a giant toilet bowl. The arrest of Aseem Trivedi, a freelance artist, triggered widespread condemnation from media and anti-graft activists who said it…

Traveler caught in India with monkey in pants: report

Customs authorities in India have arrested a man who was attempting to board a flight at New Delhi’s international airport with a monkey in his underwear, a report said on Monday. The man, who was detained along with two other travellers, had arrived from Bangkok and was about to take…

‘Rogue trader’ goes to court in $2.3 fraud trial

A trader accused of losing $2.3 billion in a fraud at Swiss bank UBS goes on trial in London on Monday in a case expected to once again put the supervision of bankers under the spotlight. Ghanaian-born equities trader Kweku Adoboli denies two counts of fraud and two of false…

Transport strike paralyzes West Bank

Cities across the West Bank ground to a halt on Monday as transport unions called a mass general strike in protest over rising petrol prices, AFP correspondents said. Clouds of black smoke poured into the air across the territory as angry protesters set light to tires, kicking of a second…

Russian rock stars hold pro-Pussy Riot concert

Russian rock group DDT, whose lead singer is known for his anti-Kremlin views, was among the bands that played a concert in Saint Petersburg Sunday backing the country’s political prisoners. Attending the show were two lawyers for the jailed members of female punk band Pussy Riot, sentenced last month for…

Japan says it will buy islands claimed by China

The Japanese government will buy three islands at the center of bitter territorial row with China, a spokesman said Monday after a cabinet meeting. “During the ministerial meeting today, we agreed that we will obtain the ownership of the three Senkaku islands as quickly as possible,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu…

Rain, flash floods kill 78 in Pakistan

At least 78 people died and dozens were injured as torrential rains and flash floods wreaked havoc in Pakistan over the past three days, a government spokesman said Monday. Heavy monsoon rains which began falling last week destroyed more than 1,600 houses while damaging a further 5,000, Irshad Bhatti, a…

15,000 miners take part in new S. African mine strike

Around 15,000 workers have downed tools in South Africa at a Gold Fields mine west of Johannesburg, just under a week after a strike ended at another part of the same mine, the company said Monday. “Employees of the west section of the KDC Gold Mine … on the West…

Greek PM meets with international auditors

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras meets Monday with auditors from the country’s international creditors in a bid to finalise a new austerity programme needed to unlock critical bailout loans. This will be the first meeting between Samaras and the so-called troika chiefs, who arrived on Friday and are expected to…

Rogue ‘fake’ doctor examined 2,300 people in Japan

A hospital in Japan is checking the qualifications of all of its doctors after a man believed to have no medical licence examined more than 2,300 of its patients. The man conducted medical interviews, examined electrocardiograms and explained check-up results to people in 2010-2011 at Takashimadaira Chuo General Hospital in…

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