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John Kerry: world leaders have been understanding about NSA leaks

World leaders have been understanding about leaked revelations that the US spied on them as they know it was not all done under the orders of Barack Obama, the US secretary of state has said.

Walmart meets backlash over earlier Thanksgiving day opening

Walmart will open its stores at 6pm on this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, two hours earlier than last year, the company said on Tuesday as US retailers faced a mounting backlash over their holiday plans.

Fukushima residents may never go home, say Japanese officials

Japanese officials have admitted for the first time that thousands of people evacuated from areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may never be able to return home.

Iran allows inspectors to visit two key nuclear sites

Iran has agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic EnergyAgency to enter long-unseen nuclear sites, including the Gchine uranium mine and a heavy-water reactor in Arak, as part of a co-operation deal struck in Tehran.

Occupy Wall Street Activists buy $15m of Americans’ personal debt

A group of Occupy Wall Street activists has bought almost $15m of Americans’ personal debt over the last year as part of the Rolling Jubilee project to help people pay off their outstanding credit.

International Space Station attacked by ‘virus epidemics’

Malware made its way aboard the International Space Station (ISS) causing “virus epidemics” in space, according to security expert Eugene Kaspersky.

Polio vaccination campaign in Sudan has failed, UN admits

Efforts to vaccinate 165,000 children against polio in Sudan’s violence-wracked South Kordofan and Blue Nile states have failed, the director of UN humanitarian operations told the UN security council on Monday.

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