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Global survey of Muslims reveal they differ widely in religious tolerance

The global Muslim community of 1.6 billion people agree on the core principles of their faith, but differ widely in religiosity and religious tolerance, according to a poll published Thursday. “Muslims are unified by core beliefs and in core practices” like faith in a single God, believe in the Prophet…

Experts: Philippine flood disaster that affected 2 million is man made

Deadly floods that have swamped nearly all of the Philippine capital are less a natural disaster and more the result of poor planning, lax enforcement and political self-interest, experts say. Damaged watersheds, massive squatter colonies living in danger zones and the neglect of drainage systems are some of the factors…

Olympic Africa Village shutters due to debts

Africa Village, the continent’s shop window in London during the 2012 Games and its first joint hospitality venue at an Olympics, was closed permanently Thursday due to unpaid debts, organisers said. The hospitality house, set up in Kensington Gardens in central London, had laid on cultural, sporting and culinary festivities…

North Korea first lady spotted with designer-style handbag

North Korea’s young first lady has been pictured sporting what appears to be a Christian Dior handbag, in stark contrast to widespread shortages elsewhere in the impoverished nation. Ri Sol-Ju, the wife of leader Kim Jong-Un, was pictured accompanying him on a “field guidance trip” to an army unit. It…

Global food prices rise sharply in July: UN

Global food prices rose six percent in July after dropping for three months, largely because of a hike in the price of grains and sugar, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization said Thursday. The FAO’s Food Price Index, a monthly measure of changes in a basket of food commodities, was…

Euro losing ground against most major currencies: ECB

The euro has fallen in value against most major currencies in recent months as volatility on the foreign exchange markets has increased in the debt crisis, the European Central Bank said Thursday. “Between the end of April and early August 2012, the effective exchange rate of the euro depreciated overall…

Vietnam, U.S. begin historic Agent Orange cleanup

From deformed infants to grandparents with cancer, families near Vietnam’s Danang Airbase have long blamed the toxic legacy of war for their ills. Now after a decades-long wait, a historic “Agent Orange” clean-up is finally beginning. The base was a key site in the US defoliant program during the Vietnam…

Fourteen killed across bloodstained Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Three brutal killings on Wednesday claimed at least 14 lives across Mexico, in the latest bloodshed of a years-long crime wave fueled by warring drug cartels. Just outside Mexico City, armed gunmen burst into a bar in the early morning hours and opened fire on the crowd,…

Top Colombian drug trafficker arrested: authorities

BOGOTA — The leader of a major drug trafficking organization known as the “Oficina de Envigado” was arrested Wednesday in the northeastern city of Medellin, Colombian authorities said. Calling the arrest of Erikson Vargas a “death blow” to the crime group, President Juan Manuel Santos said at a news conference…

India monitors BlackBerry emails without encryption codes

India has found a way to monitor BlackBerry corporate emails without asking developer Research in Motion (RIM) to hand over encryption codes a report said Wednesday, which could help end a standoff with the Canadian company. RIM and the Indian government are at loggerheads over access to Blackberry’s secure corporate email service, with New Delhi…

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