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IMF chief assaulted another woman nearly a decade ago, lawyer claims

PARIS (Reuters) – A French lawyer said on Monday his client was considering filing a legal complaint against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn over an alleged sexual incident almost a decade ago. Lawyer David Koubbi said his client Tristane Banon, a writer, could file a complaint over an alleged incident that took place when she went…

China doubles solar power target by 2020: report

SHANGHAI (AFP) – China has more than doubled its target for solar power capacity to 50 gigawatts by 2020, state media said, as the world’s largest polluter steps up efforts to boost clean energy sources. The increased target follows a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan that triggered a nuclear…

No-smoking laws could span US by 2020: study

WASHINGTON — About half the United States has banned smoking in bars, restaurants or workplaces, and similar no-smoking policies could span the nation by 2020, the government said Thursday. Over the past decade, 25 states have enacted laws that prohibit smoking indoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said…

Huge surge in Hispanic population in US

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Hispanic population in the United States has grown to 50 million, becoming the largest minority with 16 percent of the population, according to US Census Bureau figures released Thursday. The Hispanic population grew by 43 percent in the past decade, accounting for more than half of…

In leaked e-mail, Fox News boss told staff to cast doubt on climate change

For the second time in less than a week, the Fox News Washington managing editor has been caught trying to “slant” the news. In an e-mail obtained by liberal watchdog group Media Matters, Bill Sammon told his staff to downplay the importance of climate science that showed the world was…

Income of very richest shot up by 281% since 1979

In the wake of BP’s calamitous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, CEO Tony Hayward is stepping down, but he will be receiving a severance package amounting to an estimated $18 million. “That’s what he gets for presiding over a record oil disaster and massive losses,” commented Chris Hayes,…

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