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U.K. Foreign Office: We would refuse Assange safe passage out of London

Britain has told Ecuador that it would refuse to allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange safe passage out of the country even if Quito grants him asylum, official notes showed Thursday. Police and protesters gathered outside Ecuador’s embassy in London on Thursday ahead of a statement from Quito on whether or…

Elvis’s ex thanks fans at Graceland on 35th anniversary

Fans of Elvis Presley cheered as his daughter and ex-wife appeared publicly at Graceland to personally thank them for their loyalty, 35 years after the music legend’s death. Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley spoke for little more than a minute on Wednesday at the start of an all-night candlelight vigil…

Taliban attack Pakistan air base, 10 dead

Heavily armed militants stormed a Pakistani air force base on Thursday, sparking clashes that left 10 people dead and raised concerns about the safety of the country’s nuclear arsenal. One security official was killed and a plane damaged in the pre-dawn assault at PAF Base Minhas claimed by the Taliban…

Snow in August? It’s steamy now, but forecasters see a big winter coming.

Snow in August? It’s steamy now, but forecasters see a big winter coming. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Last winter, big cities like New York and Philadelphia saved a lot of money because the Northeast had a snow drought. Not so this winter. Yes, even while air conditioners are still…

Foodies celebrate Julia Child’s 100th birthday

Foodies paid tribute Wednesday to celebrity chef Julia Child, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the woman who introduced Americans to exotic French delicacies like boeuf bourguignon. Across the United States, 100 restaurants celebrated with Child-inspired menus during the Julia Child Restaurant Week, which runs August 7-15. “Happy…

Unification Church founder –and Washington Times and UPI owner– Sun Myung Moon in critical condition

The founder of the controversial Unification Church is in a South Korean hospital in critical condition due to complications from pneumonia, his spokesman said on Thursday. Sun Myung Moon, 92, was admitted to Seoul’s St Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday and has been unconscious since then, Ahn Ho-Yeol told AFP, describing…

Russia detains four at Pussy Riot protest outside church

Russian police arrested four activists who demonstrated outside a landmark Moscow church in support of members of protest punk band Pussy Riot who are now on trial. Nearly 20 demonstrators, wearing the group’s trademark coloured balaclavas, held up individual letters that spelled a New Testament phrase, “Blessed are the merciful,”…

Wikileaks says British raid threat ‘hostile, extreme’

Whistleblowing website Wikileaks on Thursday condemned a British threat to raid the Ecuador embassy in London where its founder is holed up as a “hostile and extreme” assault on asylum-seekers. “WikiLeaks condemns in the strongest possible terms the UK’s resort to intimidation,” it said in a statement. “A threat of…

Jon Stewart mocks Palin over her blindness to spewing divisive vitriol

On his show Wednesday night, Jon Stewart mocked Republicans who freaked out over recent comments made by Vice President Joe Biden. Biden had warned voters in Virginia that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was going to “put yall back in chains.” Republicans blasted Biden for the comment, a response Stewart…

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