01 October 2014

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Karzai says goodbye with a final gibe at US

KABUL: Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai used his farewell speech on Tuesday to take a parting shot at the United States, accusing Washington of waging a war against Taliban insurgents for its own ends.Karzai rose to power with American support in 2001 after the ousting of the Taliban regime, but he has often criticised the US military campaign that has struggled to defeat the Islamist insurgency that engulfed the country.He will step down next week after a 13-year reign that

Miner BHP Billiton to cut 700 jobs in Australia

SYDNEY: Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton said Tuesday it would lay off 700 workers at coal operations in central Queensland as it seeks cost efficiencies, with weakening demand from China sending prices tumbling.The move comes as BHP executives have emphasised the need to reduce costs and maximise productivity in order to ensure long-term viability.The BHP Billiton-Mitsubishi Alliance, which has seven mines in the resource-rich Bowen Basin, said the job losses were needed to

Amnesty blasts China's torture tool industry

BEIJING Chinese production and export of police equipment primarily used for torture, such as electric shock wands and neck-and-wrist cuffs connected by a chain, has grown dramatically, enabling human rights violations at home and abroad, Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.More than 130 Chinese companies, up from 28 about a decade ago, are now engaged in the development, production and export of law enforcement tools, most of which are legitimate, but many of which

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