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Lincoln statue vandal suspect is Chinese national

Jul 31, 2013

Lincoln statue vandal suspect is Chinese national

Moments before District of Columbia police found Jiamei Tian hiding in a bathroom stall at Washington National Cathedral, a family of tourists had spotted her in a back pew of the Children’s Chapel guarding two bags and muttering softly in a foreign language. Tian’s ...

Jul 31, 2013

German castle brewers beat beer downturn

The froth of fermenting beer laps the inside of a copper vat, the creation of a centuries-old Bavarian castle brewery carving out a niche in a bitter fight for Germany’s shrinking market. A previous batch of beer there sold out in just two weeks, ...

Jul 31, 2013

Observers view poll as a litmus test on employment, peace

While observers wade through the power-politics and connivances of Zimbabwe’s election, Obert Murinda, a Harare resident, like countless other Zimbabweans, is clear about what he wants from Wednesday’s poll. “Jobs and peace. Those are the two things I wish for,” she said. “My prayer ...

Jul 31, 2013

Australia graft probe urges charges for Labor officials

Criminal charges were recommended Wednesday against two former high-profile Australian Labor Party ministers over corruption allegations following an explosive inquiry that gripped Sydney for months. The Independent Commission Against Corruption found that Eddie Obeid, formerly a powerful kingpin in the New South Wales state ...

Jul 31, 2013

Liechtenstein bank settles U.S. tax row

Liechtenstein’s oldest bank said Tuesday it would pay nearly $25 million to settle a dispute with U.S. tax authorities over its suspected role in helping clients dodge U.S. taxes. “Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG, Vaduz, (LLB Vaduz) has reached a definitive solution to the U.S. taxation ...

Jul 31, 2013

NEC pulls plug on smartphone biz

NEC Corp. said Wednesday it is withdrawing from its money-losing smartphone business due to dropping sales and lack of competitiveness with rivals. NEC said it has ended the development, manufacturing and sales of new smartphones, adding it will continue to sell and provide maintenance ...

Jul 31, 2013

Facebook toys with mobile games bid

Facebook on Tuesday got into the business of publishing mobile games, offering developers help at going global with smartphone or tablet titles in exchange for a share of revenue. The social network unveiled a Facebook Mobile Games Publishing pilot program in which it will ...

Jul 31, 2013

Ousted Egypt leader 'in good health'

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Tuesday that she had met with deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the first contact he has had with an independent official since he was taken into military custody almost a month ago. Ashton, a low-key British ...

Jul 31, 2013

Record heat wave kills 10 in Shanghai

More than 10 people have died in Shanghai, a local health official said Wednesday as China’s commercial hub grapples with its highest temperatures in at least 140 years. Much of China is in the grip of a summer heat wave, and the China Meteorological ...

Jul 31, 2013

Kao faces ¥10 billion hit over recall

Kao Corp. President Michitaka Sawada says his company expects consolidated sales for the business year through December to fall about ¥10 billion due to the recall of skin-whitening items produced by group company Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. That includes sales of ¥5 billion that the ...

Jul 31, 2013

Pakistan elects Hussain president

Pakistan on Tuesday elected businessman Mamnoon Hussain as the 12th president of the nuclear-armed state, replacing unpopular Asif Ali Zardari, whose five-year term expires in September. Lawmakers from both houses of the legislature and four provincial assemblies voted Hussain into the ceremonial post in ...

Jul 31, 2013

China cadmium poisoning 'kills 26'

At least 26 villagers have died from cadmium poisoning and hundreds more have fallen ill since 2009 near a disused factory in central China, local media said Wednesday, underscoring the country’s mounting pollution challenge. Soil samples from Shuangqiao in Hunan province contained 300 times ...

Jul 31, 2013

Potash shares drop over end of cartel

Shares in the world’s leading potash firms plunged Tuesday after Russia’s top producer of the fertilizer announced it was cutting links with its Belarusian partner and triggered fears of a price crash. The announcement by Uralkali was seen by the market as representing an ...

Manning cleared of aiding enemy charge

Jul 31, 2013

Manning cleared of aiding enemy charge

A military judge acquits Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy by disclosing a trove of secret U.S. government documents but finds him guilty of espionage, a mixed verdict that dealt a rebuke to military prosecutors who sought to prove that the largest leak in ...

Jul 31, 2013

Ex-JBL star Lewis hired by Lakers

Larry Lewis, a standout forward for the JBL’s Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins from 1996-2001, was recently named a Los Angeles Lakers’ player development coach. Former Laker Mark Madsen was also appointed to the same position. Lewis, a Morehouse College product, was an assistant coach and ...