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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to receive extradition ruling on May 30

Britain’s Supreme Court said on Wednesday it will give its judgement in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s long-running fight against extradition to Sweden on May 30. The court announced the date in a statement on its website, saying the judgement would start at 9:15 am (0815 GMT) next…

Churchill’s will among millions published online

The wills of famous Britons such as Winston Churchill are among those of six million people being published online for the first time Wednesday. The massive collection of documents, which also includes the wills of Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale and Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, has been made availabe by family history website ancestry.co.uk. The latest records show that…

Australian tycoon ‘is world’s richest woman’

Australia’s richest person Gina Rinehart has eclipsed Wal-Mart heiress Christy Walton to become the world’s wealthiest woman, according to an annual index by Business Review Weekly. A preview of the respected BRW Rich 200 list, published Wednesday, put the mining tycoon’s personal fortune at Aus$29.17 billion (US$28.48 billion), a figure that sees her outstrip Walton for the first…

Olympic torch takes a wrong turn

The Olympic torch briefly took a wrong turn on Wednesday, delaying the flame’s relay across Britain by about ten minutes. The torch convoy muddled the route in Failand near Bristol, southwest England, a London Organising Committee of the Olympicand Paralympic Games (LOCOG) spokesman said. The relay was “in convoy mode” at the…

World Bank: China must act to prevent hard landing

China’s economic growth will ease further this year, presenting policy makers in Beijing with the challenge of preventing an excessively abrupt slowdown, the World Bank said in a report Wednesday. The bank warned slower expansion in China would ripple acrossAsia and the Pacific, but said the region remained resilient toEurope’s economic woes,…

Schizophrenic Christian believed he was beheading a space alien

A Chinese immigrant who beheaded and cannibalized a Canadian bus passenger in front of horrified travelers four years ago spoke out for the first time, saying he believed his victim was an alien. Vince Weiguang Li, 43, after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was found not guilty of murdering 22-year-old…

Egyptians vote in historic presidential election

CAIRO — Egyptians take to the polls on Wednesday in a historic presidential election contested by Islamists and secularists promising radically different futures for the country. The election is the final phase of a tumultuous transition overseen by the ruling military council after a popular uprising ousted longtime president Hosni…

Alert in Chile over half a million abandoned pigs

SANTIAGO — Chile declared a health alert at a site where 500,000 pigs, abandoned by a slaughtering company, were dying in large numbers until authorities stepped in Tuesday. Health Minister Jaime Manalich visited the plant in Freirina, 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Santiago in the parched Atacama region, and…

Pictures show North Korea rocket launch upgrade

WASHINGTON — North Korea has undertaken a major upgrade of a launch pad that could pave the way for longer-range missiles, a research group said Tuesday, amid mounting concern over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Satellite images show that North Korea has made “rapid progress” in the past year at its Musudan-ri…

Man survives plunge into Niagara Falls

MONTREAL — A man who leaped into Niagara Falls survived but has been hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said Tuesday. The unidentified man was rescued around noon on Monday about two hours after witnesses reported seeing him scale a protective wall at the popular tourist attraction and “deliberately jump” into…

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