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NEW YORK---A Chinese tycoon known for his
sometimes eccentric gestures served up a fancy
lunch yesterday to hundreds of homeless New
Yorkers at a Central Park restaurant and planned to
serenade them with "We are the World."
Recycling magnate Chen Guangbiao selected a
menu of sesame-seed-encrusted tuna, beef filet
and berries with crème fraiche at The Loeb
Boathouse restaurant for about 250 residents of a
Manhattan shelter. He also promised to donate
$300 per attendee to charity.
About three dozen volunteer waiters sported
green uniforms similar to those once worn by
soldiers in China's People's Liberation Army, bearing
the words "Serve the People." They were dishing up
food to a mostly male group of attendees.
Chen said he wants to disprove the cliche image
of rich Chinese spending money mostly on luxuries.
"I was not born into a rich family or a family of
government officials. When I was 4 years old, my
brother and sister died of hunger, so I achieved my
success through confidence, self-motivation and my
hard work," Chen said in Chinese in an interview on
"CBS This Morning."
His worth is estimated $750 million.
On Tuesday in New York City, he was on the
street handing out $100 bills to anyone who looked
like they needed money. (AP)
Chinese tycoon treats New York's homeless to lunch
A Spanish judge has formalised charges against
Princess Cristina, King Felipe s sister, in a tax fraud
and money laundering case.
The princess, 49, was questioned in court in Feb-
ruary about the business dealings of her husband,
Inaki Urdangarin, and could now face trial.
However, an appeal has been lodged against the
The judge s ruling will come as an embarrassment
to Felipe VI, who came to the throne only six days
ago. The tax fraud case was one of several scandals
that weakened the popularity of the Spanish monarchy
and prompted the abdication of King Juan Carlos.
Princess Cristina s appearance in court in Mallorca
was unprecedented for the royal family and if she
goes to trial, she could face up to 11 years in jail.
She was noticeably absent from Felipe s procla-
mation as king. (BBC)
PARIS---France s highest court has upheld an
appeals court ruling in favor of a nursery school
director who fired an employee for wearing a
Muslim head scarf to work.
Yesterday s decision closes a six-year legal
wrangle between the dismissed employee and
the head of the private nursery school. The case
has captured headlines because of potential
implications for companies who want to extend
a 2004 school ban on Islamic head scarves or
a 2010 law banning face veils in the street.
However, the Court of Cassation made clear
its ruling doesn t mean France s principle of
secularism, which is behind the bans, can be
universally applied to private-sector employees.
The court said the nursery s rule forbidding
religious displays was "justified by the nature
of the tasks." (AP)
LONDON---Regulators have ordered Britain s
biggest payday lender to pay £2.6 million
(US$4.4 million) in compensation to tens of
thousands of people for unfair debt collection
Britain s Financial Conduct Authority said the
company, Wonga, sent letters from non-existent
law firms to customers in arrears, threatening
legal action if they did not pay their debts. In
some cases, the company even charged customers
for administration fees for sending the letters.
The FCA said yesterday that Wonga must com-
pensate around 45,000 customers.
Wonga apologised for the wrongdoing, which
took place between 2008 and 2010. It said "the
practice was unacceptable and we voluntarily
ceased it nearly four years ago."
The FCA said Wonga made nearly four million
loans to more than one million customers in 2012.
People watch as smoke fills the sky after an explosion at a shopping mall yesterday in Abuja, Nigeria. An
explosion rocked a shopping mall in Nigeria's capital, Abuja and police say at least over 20 people have
been killed and many wounded. Witnesses say body parts were scattered all over. AP PHOTO
Interior Ministry says it
has dismantled a cell
recruiting Moroccans to
fight for extremist
groups in Iraq and Syria.
Yesterday s statement
said six men were arrest-
ed in the central city of
Fez, including one who
had previously been
detained under the ter-
While Morocco has
been largely spared the
terrorist attacks striking
elsewhere in North
Africa, police frequently
report dismantling cells
sending fighters to
hotspots like Mali and
The statement warned
that many of the fighters
hope to return after being
trained, to carry out
attacks in Morocco.
Police say 900 Moroc-
cans are fighting in Syria
and 100 have been
arrested upon their
Washington couple is
suing British Airways
after they say the airline
ruined their vacation by
booking them tickets to
Grenada instead of
Edward Gamson and
Lowell Canaday say in
their lawsuit that last fall
they wanted to travel from
Washington to London
and then to Granada,
Spain. The lawsuit says
the couple made it to
London, but their con-
necting flight went to the
Caribbean, not Spain.
They didn t realise the
mistake until they were
The lawsuit seeks
$34,000 plus court costs
and other expenses. (AP)
BAGHDAD---Reports that Syrian
warplanes carried out a cross-
border attack on Iraqi towns this
week is further evidence of the
blurring between the two coun-
tries borders as they face an
offensive by Islamic extremists.
At least 57 Iraqi civilians were
killed and more than 120 others
were wounded by what local offi-
cials say were Syrian warplanes
that struck several border areas
of Anbar province Tuesday.
These border cities are among
those under the control of the
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or
ISIS, which seeks to create an
Islamic caliphate that encompass-
es parts of both Iraq in Syria.
Sabah Karkhout, the head of
Iraq s Anbar provincial council,
told CNN that Tuesday s air
attacks struck markets and fuel
stations in areas such as Rutba,
al-Walid and Al-Qaim.
"Unfortunately, (the) Syrian
regime carried out barbarian
attacks against civilians in Anbar
province," he said yesterday.
Karkhout said he was certain
the warplanes were Syrian because
they bore the image of the Syrian
Syrian state media called the
reports of a cross-border incursion
"completely baseless" allegations
made by "malicious media out-
lets," citing a "Syrian media
In recent weeks, ISIS has taken
over swaths of Iraq in its attempt
to create an Islamic state.
Inside Syria, the government,
for the most part, appears to have
avoided directly targeting Isis,
even though the group s positions
are well known. Only in the last
week did the Syrian regime inten-
Whether the strikes signify a
concerted effort by Syria to inten-
sify its fight against ISIS is yet to
be seen. It is also unclear whether
the Syrian strikes in Iraq were a
unilateral action or were co-ordi-
nated with the Iraqi government.
airstrikes in Iraq
Spain's Princess Cristina
to face charges
French high court upholds
firing over head scarf
UK payday lender used fake
lawyers to chase debts
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