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Hashemi trial: Murder plots detailed in Iraqi court

The trial of Iraq's fugitive Vice-President, Tariq al-Hashemi, in absentia has heard gripping testimony from a man said to have arranged a revenge bomb attack on his behalf. Wearing sandals and a brown jumpsuit, Hameed Mashhadani approached the bench and faced the judge. Only muffled sobs were audible as he placed his hand on the Koran. "Swear to tell the ...

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Dalai Lama says religion is like medicine

Buddhists worldwide continue to look towards His Holiness the Dalai Lama for spiritual guidance. On June 1 the Dalai Lama began three days of teaching to introduce Buddhism to young Tibetans in Dharamsala, India. During his initial lecture the Dalai Lama commented that “religion is just like medicine” as reported upon by Hamsini for The Tibet Post International in the ...

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UN condemns Syrian slaughter

The UN’s top human rights body has voted overwhelmingly to condemn Syria over the slaughter of more than 100 civilians last week. However, Damascus appears impervious to the crescendo of global condemnation following a string of massacres. Syria’s most important ally, Russia, has refused to support any move that could lead to foreign intervention. New bloodshed was reported across Syria ...

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US will put more warships in Asia, says Defence Secretary

Speaking at an annual security forum in Singapore, Panetta sought to dispel the notion that the shift in US focus to Asia was designed to contain China’s emergence as a global power. He acknowledged differences between the world’s two largest economies on a range of issues, including the South China Sea. "We’re not naive about the relationship and neither is ...

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Costa Concordia: Sun, sea, sand… and shipwreck

Click HERE to view ‘Costa Concordia: Raising a giant’ graphic The reason why this little island came to the world’s attention on 13 January this year is rarely out of sight or mind, though. Just beyond the port opening, the wrecked Costa Concordia lies, partially submerged, at the same odd angle. Its yellow funnel, with its black rim, points at ...

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Google Warns Chinese Users on Faulty Web Searches

Cyber giant Google — locked in a tug-of-war with China over Internet freedom — has issued a warning to users in the People’s Republic that some search words may disrupt connections, and is encouraging them to try other search terms. A statement posted on Google’s website says searches from China have for several years produced results that are, in its ...

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‘Canadian psycho’ killed Chinese student: police

AFP – A macabre profile of a Canadian porn actor suspected of filming the dismemberment of a Chinese student and mailing his body parts emerged from his acquaintances and hundreds of websites. The victim, identified as Lin Jun, had been “in a relationship” with the porn star, according to Montreal police commander Ian Lafreniere. Police say Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, ...

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Cyber-attack on Iran came from U.S., report says

Los Angeles — It reads like a riveting sci-fi novel, but it’s stunningly real: A supersophisticated malicious computer virus burrowed its way into Iran’s nuclear facilities and took down several parts of the operation. Oh, and it apparently came from us. In 2010, it was the United States who launched Stuxnet, a seek-and-destroy cyber-missile so sophisticated that some briefly thought ...

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Obama spends rare night at home, eager to putter

CHICAGO — All President Barack Obama wanted to do was go home. No, not to the fancy government house in Washington. He wanted the familiar bed at his Kenwood/Hyde Park house in Chicago. The comfy chair. Maybe watch some ESPN. Chill. “I am sleeping in my bed tonight,” he told a group of fellow Chicagoans at a fundraiser Friday evening. ...

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Syria turns deaf ear to warnings of civil war: New clashes outside Damascus

DAMASCUS – Clashes broke out between Syrian troops and rebels outside Damascus on Saturday as world powers warned of the country descending into civil war. And Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said he had asked the UN Security Council to take strong action in order to protect civilians in Syria. “I sent a letter to the UN Security Council ...

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