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North Korea’s Kim Jong-un gets new official theme song

Over the past decade or so, the bubblegum pop and kitsch dance routines of South Korean K-pop bands have taken the charts by storm across Asia and Latin America. Across the Korean border to the north, meanwhile, broadcasters are prompting a track somewhat less likely to find international success: a…

U.S. crew sings ‘Miss American Pie’ before launching missile in Afghanistan

A video has surfaced online that appears to show a US helicopter crew singing “Bye-bye Miss American Pie” before blasting a group of Afghan men with a Hellfire missile. The footage comes in the wake of a string of damaging videos and pictures showing US forces in Afghanistan urinating on…

Pena Nieto wins Mexico’s presidential election

Enrique Pena Nieto decisively won Mexico’s presidential election, the electoral office said Friday, issuing final vote results following a demand for a recount by his closest rival. Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who had contested the provisional tally, scored 31.59 percent of the vote, against 38.21 percent for Pena…

UK government raises LGBT pride flag for first time

The government on Friday hoisted the rainbow flag symbolising gay pride over one of its ministries for the first time. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg requested the flag be flown on Whitehall, the central London street that houses several ministries, ahead of the World Pride parade celebrating gay rights in…

Afghanistan working toward a hydroelectric future

Say the word ‘Afghanistan’, and you’ll conjure up a number of associations in your listener’s mind. It’s a safe bet that none of them will include ‘promising haven of renewable energy’. But that’s a pretty fair description of what’s underway in the mountainous north eastern province of Badakhshan – “the…

Pakistan to scan all NATO containers

All containers passing through Pakistan to supply NATO troops in Afghanistan are to be scanned to ensure they do not contain lethal supplies, customs officials said Friday. Islamabad reopened overland routes to NATO convoys earlier this week after closing them in protest at a US air raid that killed 24…

Mali children raped, maimed, recruited by armed groups

The United Nations Childrens’ Fund said Friday that armed groups occupying northern Mali were recruiting children, while others had been raped and killed by explosive devices. UNICEF said in a statement that evidence collected since the end of March, when Islamists and other armed groups seized the northern half of…

Britain readies ‘Fortress London’ for Games

Britain is girding itself for the biggest peacetime security operation in its history featuring anti-aircraft missiles on rooftops and a warship in the River Thames for the London Olympics. A security force of more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel, backed by a huge intelligence operation, will turn the British…

IMF chief warns over slowing global growth

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Friday warned that the global economy was slowing, with a soon-to-be published growth outlook lower than earlier forecasts. “What I can tell you is that it will be tilted to the downside and certainly lower than the forecast that was published three months…

World meets in Paris to end Syria killings

The United States is set to call for tough UN sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle at a “Friends of Syria” meeting of over 100 Western and Arab nations in Paris Friday. But despite the estimated killing of more than 16,500 people in the 16-month uprising, key…

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