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Strauss-Kahn files $1 million suit against NY maid

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against the New York hotel maid at the center of last year’s explosive sexual assault allegations, a report said Tuesday. A year after the scandal broke, the former French Socialist party presidential hopeful accused the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, of “knowingly and intentionally making a false…

Mickey Mouse hosts same sex weddings in Japan

Just days after US President Barack Obama came out in favour ofgay marriage, another supporter of homosexual unions emerged in Japan: Mickey Mouse. Despite their having no legal status, same sex couples are able to hold fairytale wedding ceremonies at hotels inside the popularTokyo Disney Resort, including at the Cinderella Castle, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. News…

Greece races against time to form government

Greece tries again on Tuesday to form a government, hoping a technocrat solution to disputes over a tough EU-IMF bailout deal will avoid new polls and keep it in the eurozone as time runs down fast. Leaders from all bar the far-right parties that won seats in inconclusive May 6 polls will meet at 1100…

Hollande sworn in as French president

Socialist leader Francois Hollande was sworn in as president ofFrance on Tuesday at a solemn ceremony overshadowed by the catastrophic debt crisis threatening to unravel the eurozone. After brief ceremonies in Paris, the 57-year-old career politician was to dash to Berlin to confront Chancellor Angela Merkel over their very different visions as to how to save the…

Economic growth sows unhappiness in China: study

WASHINGTON — China’s economic growth of the last 20 years has generally been met with declining happiness, especially among the poorest members of society, according to a US analysis published on Monday. The study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is based on six different…

McCain calls for suspension of Myanmar sanctions

Key Republican Senator John McCain called Monday on the United States to suspend most sanctions on Myanmar, saying the administration must go further than planned to encourage the country’s reforms. McCain proposed that the United States, like the European Union, freeze sanctions on the country formerly known as Burma for…

Obama skips APEC summit in Russia in favor of Democratic convention

US President Barack Obama will not attend the APEC summit in Vladivostok in September, which comes soon after the Democratic presidential nominating convention, the White House said Monday. The announcement by White House spokesman Jay Carney came days after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would skip this week’s G8…

Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk wins Sonning Prize

Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk on Monday won the 2012 Sonning Prize, Denmark’s highest cultural award that honours contributions to European culture. Orhan Pamuk, 59, was the first Turkish writer to receive the Nobel Literature Prize, in 2006, for his body of work that discusses the clash of Muslim and Western…

International Criminal Court brings charges against Congo warlord

The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor on Monday sought new war crimes charges against Bosco “Terminator” Ntaganda and another notorious Democratic Republic of Congo warlord. Ntaganda and Sylvestre Mudacumura are two of the “most dangerous” men in a region where millions have been killed in the past 20 years, chief…

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes southern Peru near Chile

A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook an area of southern Peru near the border with Chile early Monday, seismologists said, prompting people to flee their homes but reportedly causing no casualties. The quake occurred at 1000 GMT on the Chilean side of the border 107 kilometers (65 miles) northeast of…

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