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Palestinians, French remain in negotiations over new Arafat autopsy, poisoning tests

Within the guarded walls of the Palestinian presidential compound, known as the Muqata, the body of Yasser Arafat lies inside a gleaming limestone and glass mausoleum. It is here that political figures, dignitaries, devotees and tourists come to pay their respects to a man who was revered and reviled across…

Idaho Republican’s wife airlifted to hospital after gun safe exploded under her feet

Amy Wood, the wife of Idaho state Rep. Fred Wood (R), was airlifted to a Utah hospital on Saturday night after an explosion in their home caused second degree burns to her hands and face, according to the Magic Valley Times-News. The Woods were reportedly eating dinner when, according to…

New drug-resistant Salmonella variant behind an epidemic across sub-Saharan Africa

A deadly version of an intestinal germ has spread through sub-Saharan Africa, helped by genetic mutation and diseases such as HIV that weaken the immune system and expose the body to infection, researchers said Sunday. The finding comes in a genetic comparison of variants of Salmonella Typhimurium, one of the…

Republican Congressional aide arrested for assault on Lindsay Lohan

Christian LaBella, who is listed as a legislative correspondent in the office of Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) and who staff confirmed “has worked” for the Congressman, was arrested Sunday morning on charges that he assaulted actress Lindsay Lohan after a night of partying. The charges were dropped and the arrest…

New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery makes only 6 gallons a day

A strong smell of alcohol permeates this aging building in Brooklyn, a New York City borough famous more for hot dogs and handcrafted bagels than for Kentucky-style whiskey. It is in this up-and-coming section of New York, across the East River from Manhattan, where Kings County Distillery produces the amber-colored…

‘The Dude abides’ at Philly’s third annual Lebowski Fest

“I fucking love this city,” Lebowski Fest Founding Dude Scott Schufitt told WPHL-TV, outside Philadelphia’s Theatre of the Living Arts. It was Shufitt’s third Philadelphia-based Lebowski Fest, which he helped found in Louisville, Kentucky in 2002. “We were going to go in costume, but that would have required some effort,”…

Faint hopes as Moscow court hears Pussy Riot appeal

The Moscow city court on Monday hears the appeal of jailed punk rockers Pussy Riot against their two-year prison camp sentence for performing an anti-Kremlin song in a cathedral, with supporters hoping at best for a slight softening of the sentence. The cause of the three women, convicted in August…

Iran jury finds Reuters news agency guilty of ‘propaganda against the regime’ over ninja report

A Tehran jury on Sunday found the international news agency Reuters guilty of the crime of “propaganda against the regime” for a report mischaracterising female ninja students as assassins, Iranian media said. Reuters was also found guilty of “publishing false information in an effort to disturb public opinion” over the…

Hackathon: where art and technology run wild

When a group of creatives and programmers gathered for a 48-hour ‘hackathon’, the idea was to take data and turn it into something magical Hacking comes in three varieties. The first two that came to our collective attention are bad. One is an invasion of privacy practised mainly by middle-aged men on…

Thousands on Paris streets to denounce EU ‘austerity’ pact

Thousands of left-wing protesters took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to denounce the European Union fiscal pact forcing governments to stick to tough deficit limits. Chanting “Resistance!”, protesters marched through central Paris in a rally organisers said was aimed at fighting EU-imposed austerity, not at criticising the government…

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