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Pope Francis to investigate Polish ban on kosher animal slaughter

Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into a Polish ban on the ritual kosher slaughter of animals, the president of the World Jewish Congress said Monday. Ritual slaughter, including traditional Jewish kosher and Muslim halal practices, has been banned in Poland since January 1 after the country’s Constitutional Court deemed…

Scottish military rugby players charged with assault after brawl with NYPD

Fijian soldiers with Royal Regiment of Scotland allegedly punched off-duty police officer after racist abuse Six soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland who had travelled to the United States on a rugby tour that included a friendly match against a New York police team have been charged with assault…

NAACP skeptical after historic Wyoming summit with KKK representative

Under heavy security and with a brace of ground rules in place, four representatives of the NAACP and a high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan met in Casper, Wyoming on Saturday night. The Wyoming Star-Tribune reported that John Abarr, an organizer for the United Klans of America, sat down…

Diana Nyad completes swim from Cuba to Florida without shark cage on fifth attempt

Long-distance swimmer completes 110-mile journey through treacherous waters on fifth attempt On her fifth attempt spanning 35 years and involving many agonising interactions with jellyfish, the long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad finally achieved her lifetime ambition to enter the record books as the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida…

Syrian President Assad warns that Western military strikes against his country risk a ‘regional war’

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad warned Monday that Western military strikes would risk igniting a “regional war” in the “powder keg” of the Middle East, in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro. He also said France would face “repercussions” if it took part in US-led plans for military action in…

Tim Robbins uses acting classes to help prisoners ‘create new truths for themselves’

Actor Tim Robbins has been teaching acting classes to inmates in a Norco, California prison. According to CBS News, the “Shawshank Redemption” star said that the acting exercises provide an opportunity for prisoners to open their imagination and discover new ways of looking at their world. “It creates this place,…

Justice Department paid AT&T for access to 4 billion call records a day for federal, local drug investigations

Hemisphere project, revealed by NYT, has AT&T employees sit alongside drug units to aid access to data in exchange for payment US law enforcement officers working on anti-drugs operations have had access to a vast database of call records dating back to 1987, supplied by the phone company AT&T, the…

92-year-old Dutch SS officer refuses to speak at trial for 1944 murder of Dutch resistance fighter

A 92-year-old former SS officer went on trial Monday in Germany for the murder of a Dutch resistance fighter nearly 70 years ago. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is a German national, was deemed fit enough for the trial in the western town of Hagen to sit for up to three…

Taiwanese man who had extramarital affair avoided punishment while 56-year-old lover faced 298 years in jail

A Taiwanese widow who faced the theoretical possibility of 298 years in jail for an affair with a married man has rekindled the debate over the island’s controversial adultery laws. The woman, 56, who was not herself married during the five-year affair with her neighbour, was told she must serve…

Serbia hosts world testicle cooking championship

Serbia is currently hosting its annual worldwide testicle cooking contest in the remote mountain village of Gornji Milanovac. According to the International Business Times, competitors come from all over the world to compete with each other to see who can make the most delicious use of goat, lamb, bull, camel,…

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