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Mohamed Morsi calls for dialogue in attempt to quell Egypt’s anger

Egypt‘s Republican Guard restored an uneasy calm to the area around the presidential palace in Cairo on Thursday after fierce clashes in which seven people were killed, as the political crisis worsened overMohamed Morsi‘s decrees extending his power.

Hillary Clinton warns Syria over chemical weapons

The US secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, warned that events on the ground in Syria were accelerating on Thursday before a surprise meeting in Dublin with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.

One-metre tsunami hits Japan after strong earthquake

A strong earthquake centred off the coast of north-eastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-metre tsunami in an area devastated by last year’s Fukushima disaster.

China calls US Tibet remarks ‘disgusting’

China‘s foreign ministry has lambasted the US in exceptionally harsh terms for its comments on the human rights situation in Tibet, saying it had filed a formal diplomatic complaint.

Apple CEO Tim Cook pledges to shift production of some Macs to US

Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, has promised to shift production of one of its Mac lines to the United States from China by next year and admitted that the company “screwed up” when it dumped Google’s maps for its own in September.

Space firm to offer private missions to the moon

A Colorado start-up run by former Nasa managers plans to conduct missions to the moon for about $1.5bn (£0.9bn) per expedition, a fraction of what a similar government-run operation would cost.

Republican Jim DeMint quits Senate to head rightwing thinktank

South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint has announced that he is resigning from Congress, in the latest signal that the Tea Party influence over the Republican party is beginning to wane.

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