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.
Nuclear issue puts increasing pressure on Japan government
TOKYO – Japan’s government came under fire on Tuesday (17/07/2012) over its handling of public hearings on nuclear energy policy, threatening to dent already sagging support for the ruling party ahead of an election many expect to be this year.
UNESCO slated for Equatorial Guinea-sponsored prize
PARIS – Rights groups said on Monday (16/07/2012) UNESCO’s decision to award a science prize sponsored by the president of Equatorial Guinea was “shameful and utterly irresponsible”.
Japan reviews nuclear plant sites as faultline worries mount
TOKYO – Japan is reviewing seismological data on nuclear plants, the trade minister said on Tuesday, as fears mount over the danger from earthquakes after media reports that a second plant in three months had been found to be sitting atop a faultline.
The brave new world of tomorrow’s tablets
SAN FRANCISCO – Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality – the stuff of science fiction may be coming to a store near you.
Russia accuses West of blackmail, stands firm on Syria
MOSCOW – Russia said on Monday (16/07/2012) it would block moves at the U.N. Security Council to extend a U.N. monitoring mission in Syria if Western powers did not stop resorting to “blackmail” by threatening sanctions against Damascus.
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