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World - South East Asia

Dotcom beats US bid to revoke bail in New Zealand WELLINGTON: Internet mogul Kim Dotcom avoided returning to jail in New Zealand on Monday when an Auckland court rejected a US application to revoke bail granted as part of a marathon online piracy case.Dotcom said the failed bid to lock him up was based on "bogus" allegations that he had breached bail conditions set following his arrest in a dramatic police helicopter raid on his home in 2012."I think this is another example of harassment and bullying by the United States government in concert with the New Zealand government," he told reporters outside the Auckland District Court.Dotcom spent a month in jail after his arrest in January 2012, when an FBI-led investigation shut down his Megaupload file-sharing empire, alleging it pocketed more than US$175 million from pirating movies and other copyright material.He was granted bail ahead of a US bid to extradite him on racketeering and money laundering charges carrying ...


World - North America

Mayor vows to rebuild riot-torn US town of Ferguson WASHINGTON: The mayor of the US city at the center of a deadly police shooting that sparked repeated nights of racially charged unrest pledged Sunday to rebuild.Looting erupted and businesses were set ablaze in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson after a grand jury on November 24 said white police officer Darren Wilson would face no criminal case in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black.Sporadic protests continued across the US on Sunday."We ...

World - South East Asia

Australia opens door to nuclear energy SYDNEY: Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday opened the door to the use of nuclear energy as Australia faces growing pressure to bring down its greenhouse gas emissions.Australia is the world's third-ranking uranium producer behind Kazakhstan and Canada but does not use nuclear power, largely due to its abundance of low-cost coal and natural gas reserves, and community sentiment.But with demands growing for Canberra to announce its climate targets for beyond 2020 at global talks ...

World - South East Asia

Afghan leaders look to start new chapter with Europe trip KABUL: Afghanistan's new leaders head to Europe on Monday to showcase their plans to foster peace and revive the economy, but a spate of Taliban attacks threatens to overshadow their optimistic message.President Ashraf Ghani and chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah will visit NATO headquarters in Brussels and attend a donor conference in London in a public show of unity after they signed a power-sharing deal in September.Afghanistan faces serious challenges including a fragile economy, declining ...

World - Europe

Unruly rebel nightlife in east Ukraine DONETSK: The icy avenues of Donetsk have been silent for hours -- only the garish neon of the Banana Cafe sign cuts through the gloom, defying the curfew so that rebel fighters have somewhere to drink, smoke and fight.The underground bar is open 24 hours a day and one of the few nightspots in this separatist bastion of eastern Ukraine, where no one is supposed to be on the roads between 11:00 pm and 6:00 ...

World - Africa

Leftist Vazquez wins Uruguay presidential runoff MONTEVIDEO: Uruguay's ex-president Tabare Vazquez won a new term in a runoff election Sunday, extending the left's decade in power, though not necessarily his predecessor Jose Mujica's groundbreaking marijuana law.Vazquez, a 74-year-old cancer doctor who previously served as president from 2005 to 2010, had won 55.5 percent of the vote with almost 72 percent of the ballots counted.His center-right opponent, 41-year-old lawmaker Luis Lacalle Pou, conceded defeat after three exit polls showed him losing by ...

World - South America

Colombia rebels free captured general, two others BOGOTA: Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas freed an army general Sunday in a concession to revive peace talks, but the president refused to budge on their calls for a ceasefire.Two weeks after sending the peace process into crisis by capturing Brigadier General Ruben Alzate, their highest-ranking captive in 50 years of conflict, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia handed him and two other army captives over to the Red Cross in the jungle-covered department of Choco."Freed... ...