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'Ordinary bloke' Key wins a third term in New Zealand

Sep 21, 2014

'Ordinary bloke' Key wins a third term in New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who won a third term on Saturday, has achieved the rare feat of combining an everyman appeal with economic credibility and political pragmatism. The 53-year-old’s popularity appears undimmed after six years in power, with approval ratings close to ...

Sep 21, 2014

Kim Dotcom bombs in New Zealand general election foray

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom confessed his brand was “poison” after his aspirations of bringing down the New Zealand government were overwhelmingly shunned in Saturday’s general election. The German-born Megaupload founder, who is wanted in the United States on massive Internet piracy charges, established his ...

Sep 21, 2014

New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent a recent evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son’s school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera had ...

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Sep 21, 2014

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Germany’s world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer. Millions of revelers will soak up the frothy atmosphere in the 16-day annual extravaganza. With the cry of “O’zapft is” (“The keg is tapped”), the amber fluid began ...

Sep 21, 2014

French criminal arranges his own funeral to escape justice

A French criminal came up with a cunning plan to escape the long arm of the law by announcing his own funeral, which both the police and his unsuspecting grandmother attended. The 26-year-old, wanted for a long list of offenses including fraud and theft, ...