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Hamid Aboutalebi  TEHRAN — The spokesman for Iran’s mission to the UN said the US decision to deny a visa for an Iranian newly-proposed ambassador to the UN is “regrettable,” local media reported yesterday. ...

Oscar Pistorius PRETORIA – Murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius did not look for his girl friend Reeva Stenkamp before shooting four bullets through a locked toilet door, where he thought there was an intruder in his house, the Pretoria High Court heard on Friday. ...

Ian Khama The Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) on Friday approached the High Court seeking an order barring President Ian Khama from making pronouncements on public service salary negotiations. According to court papers, the BOFEPUSU applied for an order barring Khama ...

Sydney – A tropical cyclone battered Australia’s Barrier Reef coast yesterday, knocking out power and phone lines for thousands of people and threatening floods, despite weakening as it headed south towards major tourist resorts. ...

One of the most fascinating elements of Switzerland’s success is its determination to remain neutral under unimaginable pressure to pick sides. The country has not declared a state of war since 1847 (it never entered the World Wars or the Iraq war) and opted out of joining the European Union. They didn’t even join the United Nations until 2002 and that was...

Is being an entrepreneur in your DNA, or can it be taught? A new study from Babson College finds the evidence is “overwhelming” that if business students take at least two core entrepreneurship classes, that can “positively influence” them to go on to start up a business. Are Entrepreneurs Born or Taught?   Professors at the Wellesley, Massachusetts-based...

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of Egyptians packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, keeping up pressure on the ruling generals to implement reforms more swiftly and to try ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his aides. But the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most organised group, said it was not participating and said the authorities must have time to respond...

DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — Three U.S. Navy ships were welcomed Friday by former foe Vietnam for joint training, despite China’s irritation following weeks of fiery exchanges between the communist neighbors over disputed areas of the South China Sea. U.S. and Vietnamese officials have stressed that the seven-day ship visit and naval training are part of routine exchanges...

TOKYO (AP) — A moderate earthquake has been felt in Tokyo. But the minor shaking caused no apparent damage and no tsunami.   The magnitude 5.5 quake hit at 9:01 p.m. Friday. The epicenter was about 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of Tokyo in southern Ibaraki prefecture. It was about 60 kilometers (37 miles) underground. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on...

Tijuana, Mexico (CNN) — Hidden between tomato stalks, the Mexican army found what officials describe as the largest marijuana plantation in the nation, a top military official announced Thursday. Gen. Alfonso Duarte Mugica said the plantation six hours south of Tijuana is 168 times larger than the soccer field in Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium. It spans for 120...