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Swedish government considers law to put financial blocks on kids’ smartphones

The Swedish government said Wednesday it was considering introducing a law to prevent children from emptying their parents’ bank accounts in just a few clicks when playing with their smartphones. “It isn’t okay that children can subject their parents to financial ruin with just a few clicks on their phone,”…

Protests erupt in Athens as the Greece finalizes cuts

Anti-austerity protests Wednesday clogged Athens as the government struggled to finalise additional cutbacks with its creditors and sought to jumpstart a privatisation drive delayed for months. Some 2,000 teachers, hospital doctors and municipal staff demonstrated against a new round of state salary cuts and job losses expected by October, with…

Australia slams ‘sick joke’ cigarette packs

Australia slammed as a “sick joke” Wednesday new cigarette packs on sale as part of the national phase-in to plain packaging which play on drab branding and claim it’s “what’s on the inside that counts.” Tobacco products in Australia will have to be sold in drab, uniform khaki packaging with…

Syrian army battles rebels near Aleppo airport

Syrian troops and rebels clashed near Aleppo’s international airport on Wednesday, a watchdog said, but it was unclear whether it was part of a rebel offensive to seize the facility. The fighting erupted at dawn in the Nayrab area, around five kilometers (three miles) from the northern city’s airport, which…

Hundreds of workers blockade S. African platinum mines

Hundreds of people barricaded roads leading to a mine of the world’s top platinum producer Anglo American as labour unrest spread in South Africa’s key industry, police said. “There is a strike, mine workers are gathering,” police spokesman Thulani Ngubane told AFP. “They are rioting, barricading the roads with tyres,…

Cambodian journalist found murdered in his car

A Cambodian journalist who reported on rampant illegal logging in the country has been found murdered in the boot of his car, police said. Hang Serei Oudom, a reporter at local-language Vorakchun Khmer Daily, was discovered on Tuesday, said senior police officer Song Bunthanorm. The vehicle was abandoned in a…

U.S. urges ‘cooler heads’ between Japan, China

WASHINGTON — The United States called for calm between Japan and China after Beijing sent ships to disputed islands in the East China Sea in response to Tokyo’s purchase of them. “We think, in the current environment, we want cooler heads to prevail, frankly,” Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of…

U.S. condemns attack on consulate in Libya

WASHINGTON — The United States condemned an attack on its diplomatic mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi, amid reports it had been set on fire and targeted with rocket-propelled grenades. “We can confirm that our office in Benghazi, Libya has been attacked by a group of militants,” State Department…

UN: New generation of secret British courts could conceal torture collusion

The new generation of secret courts proposed by the government could suppress evidence of British collusion in torture, according to the chief UN official responsible for investigating wrongdoing by security and intelligence agencies. Concern about the government’s plan – contained in the justice and security bill – was expressed by…

Poll: Distrust of Americans spreads beyond Middle East

American influence on the world stage is being sapped by widespread distrust of US intentions, not just in the Middle East and south Asia but also among traditional European allies, according to a survey of global opinions. Suspicion of America outweighed faith in its good intentions by large margins in…

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