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Strauss-Kahn files $1 million suit against NY maid

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against the New York hotel maid at the center of last year’s explosive sexual assault allegations, a report said Tuesday. A year after the scandal broke, the former French Socialist party presidential hopeful accused the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, of “knowingly and intentionally making a false…

Mickey Mouse hosts same sex weddings in Japan

Just days after US President Barack Obama came out in favour ofgay marriage, another supporter of homosexual unions emerged in Japan: Mickey Mouse. Despite their having no legal status, same sex couples are able to hold fairytale wedding ceremonies at hotels inside the popularTokyo Disney Resort, including at the Cinderella Castle, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. News…

U.S. launches air pollution data in Shanghai

The United States consulate in Shanghai has begun issuing its own pollution statistics, giving a much more pessimistic assessment of the city’s air quality than official Chinese data. The US consulate began releasing hourly air quality data from a monitoring device in its city centre compound Monday, posting results online and on Twitter, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Throughout…

Greece races against time to form government

Greece tries again on Tuesday to form a government, hoping a technocrat solution to disputes over a tough EU-IMF bailout deal will avoid new polls and keep it in the eurozone as time runs down fast. Leaders from all bar the far-right parties that won seats in inconclusive May 6 polls will meet at 1100…

Hollande sworn in as French president

Socialist leader Francois Hollande was sworn in as president ofFrance on Tuesday at a solemn ceremony overshadowed by the catastrophic debt crisis threatening to unravel the eurozone. After brief ceremonies in Paris, the 57-year-old career politician was to dash to Berlin to confront Chancellor Angela Merkel over their very different visions as to how to save the…

Ex-Murdoch aide among six charged over hacking

British prosecutors accused former Rupert Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks and five others of obstructing justice Tuesday in the first criminal charges from the News of the World phone hacking scandal. The ex-News International (NI) chief executive, her husband Charlie Brooks and four people who worked for her were charged with trying to hide evidence from police investigating wrongdoing…

I do not have a giant gorilla fetish

I have a Lost Prehistoric Monster fetish. Also I have lately been studying some science books about the flora and fauna of Skull Island. This is a depressing hobby, because Skull Island vanished beneath the waves in 1948, and the ONLY remains besides photographs are kept locked up in the…

Maddow: Democrats did not make up the ‘war on women’

On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow cataloged a slew of recent Republican bills that aim to roll back women’s access to contraception and abortion. “Slap an anti-abortion label on it and apparently this year’s model of Republican lawmaker will automatically vote for it,” she quipped. Not surprisingly,…

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