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Google feels sting of financial crisis

Google reported a sharply lower fourth-quarter profit Thursday because of bad investments, while its core business showed resiliency amid the global recession. The results, which beat analyst expectations, were enough to dispel investor concerns about how the company is weathering the gloomy economy. But at the same time, the earnings …

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Trial date set for father who raped daughter for 24 years

Josef Fritzl, the Austrian accused of keeping his daughter as a sex slave for 24 years, will go on trial on 16 March, a court in Austria has announced. He is charged with murder, enslavement, rape, incest and false imprisonment. Investigators say Mr Fritzl, 73, has confessed to imprisoning and …

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China contaminated milk scandal: two to die

A Chinese court condemned two men to death Thursday and handed a life term to a former dairy boss in the first sentences for those involved in the country’s contaminated milk scandal. The Intermediate People’s Court in Shijiazhuang gave the life sentence to Tian Wenhua, 66, the former general manager …

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Hunger strike for change in Zimbabwe

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is among activists in southern Africa who have launched a fast and hunger strike in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe. The new Save Zimbabwe Now movement says African leaders must abandon the policy of quiet diplomacy and recognise there is no legal government in Zimbabwe. A …

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Liberia’s awful prison conditions lead to jail breaks

When over 200 prisoners broke out of Monrovia Central Prison just before Christmas, some may have felt that the inmates, many of them on remand, were justified in their actions. The prison system in Liberia, which is still recovering from a 14-year civil war that ended in 2003, is notoriously …

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Service station card scam inquiry

Details from bank cards thought to have been compromised at a Northampton filling station have been used for fraudulent spending across the globe. A Shell service station on the A45 eastbound road near Northampton is at the centre of a police investigation. Purchases were made in places like Thailand, Canada …

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French college starts degree programme in Islamic finance

A French business school launched a degree in Islamic finance on Wednesday January 21, 2009, as more European Muslims seek careers in a fast-growing sector run under the precepts of Sharia law. Islamic banks avoid business that could be considered ‘riba’ – usually translated as ‘usury’ – and will not …

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Ghanaian jailed 12 years for identity theft

A Ghanaian has been jailed for 12 years in Singapore for identity theft. The man, 33-year-old Essien Emmanuel was sentenced Wednesday January 21, 2009 for his involvement in the cloning of credit cards and theft of cash from Citibank auto-teller machines, Singaporean media and press have reported. Emmanuel pleaded guilty …

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Guinea junta audits industry leaders

Guinea’s ruling junta has summoned former ministers and top business executives to appear Thursday before an audit commission investigating corruption, a public order published Wednesday said. Top businessmen such as employers’ federation chief Mamadou Sylla and representatives of the country’s rich bauxite mines have also been summoned to appear before …

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Obama’s first interview as President

The following is a transcript of Robin Roberts’ exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, on his opening day as the nation’s first black president. The president talks to ABC’s Robin Roberts about the error at inauguration. ROBIN ROBERTS: “Mr. President.” Sound good, doesn’t it. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It’s got a …

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