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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…

Zimbabwe AIDS activist demands medication for prisoners

An HIV-positive Zimbabwean man who was denied medication while detained on treason charges last year has launched a legal battle for prisoners to be allowed access to ARVs, his lawyer said Monday. In a landmark case, Douglas Muzanenhamo, who was infected 18 years ago, wants an end to the ill-treatment…

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…

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