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Iran speaker warns Gulf states not to side with the U.S.

Iran’s parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani warned Iran will not forgive Gulf Arab nations if they continue backing US “plots” against Tehran, local media reported on Sunday. “We recommend to some of the countries in the region who were siding with (Iraq dictator) Saddam (Hussein) and now are siding with the…

Murdoch ‘flying to London’ after Sun arrests

Rupert Murdoch will fly to London this week to meet journalists at The Sun after five senior staff at his flagship British tabloid were arrested over bribery allegations, sources said on Sunday. Publisher News International said Murdoch had given a “personal assurance” that The Sun would not face the same…

Music world stunned at death of Whitney Houston

Pop legend Whitney Houston died Saturday aged 48 in a Beverly Hills hotel on the eve of the Grammys, triggering shock and a wave of tributes as music stars gathered for the annual awards show. Houston, whose hits include “I will Always Love You,” was found dead in her room…

Judge to rule Monday on Sandusky grandchildren

BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – A judge will rule on Monday whether former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky can see his grandchildren while on bail on child sex abuse charges and if a jury from outside Centre County should be brought in for the trial. Centre County Judge John…

Liberal Catholics disappointed with Obama’s contraception compromise

The liberal association Catholics for Choice reacted negatively Friday to President Barack Obama’s compromise aimed at defusing a row over access to birth control by employees of religious organizations. “We are glad to see that the administration did not choose to cave completely to the bishops,” said Jon O’Brien, president…

Virginia school district considers banning cross-gender dress

SUFFOLK, Va (Reuters) – A Virginia school district is considering banning cross-gender dressing in a move proponents said aims to protect students from harassment, but which civil liberties and gay rights groups said would amount to an assault on free speech. Board members said they wanted to protect the children…

Test for Komen charity looms at next Race for the Cure

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Rebecca Reza has participated in fundraising races held by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer charity, for the past five years. She planned to sign up for the next Race for the Cure in El Paso, Texas, with her cousin. But…

Experts build crab-like robot to remove stomach cancer

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Inspired by Singapore’s famous chilli crab dish, researchers have created a miniature robot with a pincer and a hook that can remove early-stage stomach cancers without leaving any scars. Mounted on an endoscope, it enters the patient’s gut through the mouth. It has a pincer to hold…

Venezuela’s Chavez faces challenge as opposition votes

Venezuelan opposition parties are holding their first primary on Sunday to pick a unity candidate to battle ailing President Hugo Chavez, in power for more than a decade, in an October vote. Five candidates are running in the opposition contest with the favorite Henrique Capriles, 39, the energetic governor of…

Castro meets with Cuban intellectuals in 9-hour meeting

AVANA (Reuters) – Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro held his second lengthy public event in a week, this time a nine-hour session with writers and intellectuals, Cuban state media said on Saturday, in another showing he is doing well after serious health problems. “Fidel with intellectuals: More than nine hours…

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