UK to charge Coulson, Brooks over phone hacking
LONDON – Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief and Rupert Murdoch’s former UK newspaper boss are to be charged with phone-hacking offences in the most significant development in a scandal that has rocked Britain’s establishment.
India struggles to control deadly Assam riots
GUWAHATI, India – Police shot at a roving mob in India’s northeastern state of Assam on Tuesday (24/07/2012) as security forces struggled to contain ethnic fighting that has killed 22 people and left remote hamlets in flames, forcing tens of thousands from their homes.
Late night TV or computer sessions linked to depression
LONDON – Sitting in front of a computer or TV screen late into the night or leaving it on when you fall asleep could increase your chances of becoming depressed, according to a study by U.S. scientists.
Putin will not testify at Pussy Riot trial
MOSCOW – A court on Monday (23/07/2012) rejected a request to call President Vladimir Putin and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to testify in the trial of three female punk rockers who derided Putin in a protest in the country’s main cathedral, their lawyer said.
Syrian forces fight back after rebels gains
BEIRUT – Syrian forces fought on Friday (20/07/2012) to take back border posts seized by rebels and announced they had cleared fighters from a central part of the capital, aiming to regain the initiative after coordinated attacks by an emboldened opposition.
Israel plans to revive ailing Jordan river
KFAR RUPPIN, Israel – The River Jordan is neither deep nor wide these days.
Two Syrian rebel groups claim Damascus attack
BEIRUT – Two rebel Syrian groups claimed responsibility for an explosion in Damascus on Wednesday (18/07/2012) that killed several top state officials, hailing it as successful strike at the heart of the government.
Australia hit with 3rd WTO complaint on tobacco law
GENEVA – The Dominican Republic filed a complaint at the World Trade Organization about Australia’s tobacco packaging laws on Wednesday (18/07/2012), becoming the third country to challenge regulations strongly opposed by big cigarette manufacturers.
Australian woman wins multi-million Thalidomide payout from Diageo
MELBOURNE – An Australian woman has won a multi-million dollar payout from UK company Diageo Plc, the local distributor of the drug Thalidomide that caused birth defects in thousand of babies around the world in the 1960s, her lawyers said on Wednesday (18/07/2012)
Somali pirate kingpins enjoy ‘impunity’
NAIROBI – Somalia’s president has shielded a top pirate leader from arrest by issuing him a diplomatic passport, according to a United Nations investigation which criticises the “climate of impunity” enjoyed by pirate kingpins in Somalia and abroad.
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