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News Corp will have to answer questions in Australia

CANBERRA (Reuters) – The Australian arm of News Corp will have to answer “hard questions” in Australia following the growing phone hacking scandal in the United Kingdom, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Wednesday. Gillard said Australians had been “disturbed” by events in Britain, where Australian-born Rupert Murdoch and…

Strauss-Kahn lawyers to meet prosecution: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York prosecutors are scheduled to meet with the lawyers for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday to discuss whether the sexual assault case against him can be resolved through a dismissal or a plea agreement, The New York Times reported. The next scheduled court appearance…

Woman took murdered baby shopping: local media

CHICAGO — A Chicago woman is accused of strapping her baby’s corpse into a sling and taking him shopping after killing the three-month old in a drunken rage, local media reported Wednesday. Ken Blackman Jr. had been dead for eight to 14 hours when the women wrapped up her shopping…

Obama to reveal size of Afghan troop drawdown Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will announce the size of his drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan on Wednesday, mapping out an endgame for a 10-year war that has exacted a fearsome human and financial toll. Two administration officials said Obama would reveal the fruit of his deliberations on…

YouTube launches online ‘Town Hall’ website

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube on Wednesday launched a “Town Hall” website at which US congressional leaders address issues in brief videos and viewers get to show which positions they support. Republicans monopolized top slots in a “leaderboard” at the online forum for debating topics from energy and debt to health…

Obama on bin Laden pics: ‘We don’t trot out this stuff out as trophies’

In an interview that will air on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday, President Barack Obama said that he will not release post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden to dispel conspiracy theories. CNN and Fox News confirmed the decision Wednesday. “It is very important for us to make sure that very graphic…

US Lawmakers trying to ban experiments on chimps

US lawmakers proposed bills Wednesday banning medical research on chimpanzees in the United States, the last major industrialized country to still use to the apes for experiments. “Scientists worldwide have halted chimpanzee experiments, because these intelligent creatures suffer immensely and are poor models for researching human diseases,” said Elizabeth Kucinich,…

US lawmakers seek to ban chimp experiments

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers proposed bills Wednesday banning medical research on chimpanzees in the United States, the last major industrialized country to still use to the apes for experiments. “Scientists worldwide have halted chimpanzee experiments, because these intelligent creatures suffer immensely and are poor models for researching human diseases,”…

Over 800 abuse cases reported in Austrian Catholic institutions

VIENNA — Over 800 cases of abuse in Catholic institutions in Austria have been reported so far, a commission tasked with investigating abuse cases announced on Wednesday. A total 837 abuse victims approached the commission, which was set up by the Austrian Catholic Church last year after it was hit…

Rocket slams into Israel city as Gaza violence spirals

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Palestinians sent a Grad rocket slamming into the Israeli city of Beersheva Wednesday, injuring a man, after Israeli air strikes and a mortar attack killed eight Gazans. The Al Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, claimed responsibility for the attack as well as for…

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