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Athletics: Rudisha and Fraser-Pryce top star-studded US Diamond League meet

Reigning Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha, two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Britain's reigning world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu will compete in the New York Diamond League meet on June 14, organizers said Wednesday. Rudisha, a 25-year-old Kenyan, has run six of the 10 fastest 800m in history, including a world record of 1min 40.91sec in the 2012 Olympic final. His winning time of 1:41.74 in the 2012 New York meeting was the fastest time ever on US soil.

Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut closing this summer after 47 years

HARTFORD, Conn. - An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell will be closing in June after 47 years and production of the Ovation line in the United States will stop, the manufacturer's parent company told the shop's 46 workers this week. One former factory worker called it "the end of an iconic American brand."

How research by a French economist helped redefine income inequality

WASHINGTON - French economist Thomas Piketty and his research partners have transformed the wealth gap debate by popularizing the concept of a financially elite 1 per cent. They framed the issue of income inequality in terms that ordinary people could grasp. Using tax records, they drilled into how much money it took to belong to the 1 per cent and what share of personal income this group controlled.

Bahrain expels envoy of Shiite Ayatollah Sistani

Authorities in Sunni-ruled Bahrain on Wednesday expelled the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in the latest manifestation of tension with the kingdom's Shiite majority. Sheikh Hussein al-Najati was among 31 Bahrainis who had their citizenship revoked in November 2012 over accusations that they had undermined state security, more than a year after authorities crushed a Shiite uprising in March 2011. The opposition denounced the deportation as an "attack on Shiism", accusing authorities of "sectarian persecution".

How research by a French economist helped redefine income inequality

WASHINGTON - French economist Thomas Piketty and his research partners have transformed the wealth gap debate by popularizing the concept of a financially elite 1 per cent. They framed the issue of income inequality in terms that ordinary people could grasp. Using tax records, they drilled into how much money it took to belong to the 1 per cent and what share of personal income this group controlled.

Spain's King Juan Carlos says Poniatowska gives "voice to the disadvantaged"

Alcala de Henares, Spain, Apr 23 (EFE).- Spain's King Juan Carlos said Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, who received the Cervantes Prize, the highest literary honor in the Spanish-speaking world, on Wednesday, has always had a commitment to humanity, especially women, giving "a voice to the disadvantaged."

Bahrain expels envoy of Shiite Ayatollah Sistani

Authorities in Sunni-ruled Bahrain on Wednesday expelled the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in the latest manifestation of tension with the kingdom's Shiite majority. Sheikh Hussein al-Najati was among 31 Bahrainis who had their citizenship revoked in November 2012 over accusations that they had undermined state security, more than a year after authorities crushed a Shiite uprising in March 2011.

Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Celebrity psychic Uri Geller is the beaming new face of Israeli disaster-readiness, starring in army-sponsored TV and Internet advertisements on how to take shelter from missile attacks or earthquakes. Launched on Wednesday, the campaign marks Geller's return to his native country from Britain and aims to keep Israelis vigilant, though public fears of any imminent war with Iran, Syria or Lebanese and Palestinian guerrillas have receded.

Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Celebrity psychic Uri Geller is the beaming new face of Israeli disaster-readiness, starring in army-sponsored TV and Internet advertisements on how to take shelter from missile attacks or earthquakes. Launched on Wednesday, the campaign marks Geller's return to his native country from Britain and aims to keep Israelis vigilant, though public fears of any imminent war with Iran, Syria or Lebanese and Palestinian guerrillas have receded.

Iran says 95% opt for cash handouts rather than state projects

Ninety-five percent of the Iranian population signed up to a cash handout programme, dealing a blow to the government which wanted to spend the money elsewhere, a top official said Wednesday. Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, vice president for management and development, said 73 million out of the country's 77 million people had opted to receive the $14 monthly payments. The government employed celebrities in a media campaign to discourage families from taking the handouts.
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