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Recruiter: British banking crisis could draw more talent to engineering

The banking crisis could bring an unexpected benefit for British industry by increasing the allure of engineering and manufacturing jobs at the expense of City posts, according to a specialist recruitment firm. SThree, which recruits professionals educated in the so-called STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and maths, said the…

Berlusconi hints at comeback in German interview

Italy’s former leader Silvio Berlusconi Monday gave a strong hint that he would return to politics, declaring he would “never leave his party in the lurch” as rumours swirled of an imminent comeback. In an interview in Germany’s mass circulation daily Bild, Berlusconi said he was “often and persistently” asked…

Libyan Olympic chief kidnapped in Tripoli: official

The president of Libya’s Olympic Committee Nabil al-Alam was kidnapped by gunmen in the centre of Tripoli and taken to a secret location, a committee official told AFP on Monday. “Nine gunmen posing as members of the Libyan army removed Mr. Alam from his car in the centre of the…

HSBC seeks to evict Hong Kong ‘Occupy’ protesters

Global banking giant HSBC on Monday sought legal permission to evict a handful of protesters camped outside its Hong Kong headquarters, one of the last remnants of the “Occupy” movement in Asia. The bank named the “occupiers of the ground floor” of its downtown office tower as the defendants in…

New Zealand to clamp down on ‘legal’ highs

New Zealand announced plans on Monday to ban the use of drugs offering so-called ‘legal’ highs unless manufacturers can provide clinical evidence that they are safe. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne described the move as a knockout blow to the market for products such as synthetic cannabis and legal “party…

New UN campaign against ‘organized crime’

The UN’s drugs and crime office launched a new media awareness campaign on Monday to highlight the threat posed by the multi-billion dollar operations run by organised crime groups worldwide. International crime rackets pull in an estimated annual turnover of $870 billion (710 billion euros), the United Nations Office on…

South African becomes first woman to chair African Union Commission

By Helen Vesperini (AFP) – 2 hours ago ADDIS ABABA — She beat the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon, in a closely fought election over several rounds of voting. “Now we have the African Union chair Madame Zuma, who will preside over the destiny of this institution,” Benin’s president and…

Archbishop Tutu accuses Britain of neglecting human rights obligations

LONDON — Archbishop Desmond Tutu has accused Britain of neglecting its human-rights duties over a case brought by Kenyans allegedly abused by British colonial officials in the 1950s, The Times reported Monday. The case of three elderly Kenyans who claim to have been tortured during the Mau Mau uprising begins…

Russia accused of sabotaging probe into murder of human rights activist

World activists accused the Russian state of sabotaging a probe into the abduction and murder three years ago Sunday of an award-winning campaigner for those struggling in the crisis-torn Caucasus. Natalya Estemirova was bundled into a car moments after stepping out of her home in the Chechen capital Grozny on…

Sudan responds to student protests by shutting down university

Administrators at Sudan’s main university have partially shut down the campus, sources at the institution said Sunday, after several Arab Spring-style student protests sparked by high inflation. “Now there is no teaching from today up to the end of Ramadan,” one University of Khartoum source told AFP. He said the…

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