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First Yuri Gagarin film turns Soviet idol into Russian hero

Strapped in an orange suit in his spaceship, Yuri Gagarin smiles as the rockets roar and chirpily tells mission control: “Let’s go!” A new Russian film — “Gagarin. First Man in Space” — is the first full biopic on the pioneering cosmonaut ever to be released in Russia or the…

Indonesia to use rain-making technology to stop fires

Indonesia plans to use weather changing technology to try to unleash torrents of rain and extinguish raging fires on Sumatra island that have cloaked neighbouring Singapore in thick haze, an official said Wednesday. The city-state, which is home to 5.3 million inhabitants, has been pressing Jakarta to take action to…

Obama to call for nuclear cuts in historic Berlin speech

Barack Obama will Wednesday propose major cuts in US and Russian nuclear stocks, making a pitch for his own place in history in an evocative open-air speech during his first visit as president to Berlin. Almost 50 years to the day since John F. Kennedy declared “Ich bin ein Berliner”…

Hospital investors ‘sold’ on Obamacare despite bumps

By Susan Kelly CHICAGO (Reuters) – Shares of U.S. hospital operators have been on a tear this year, on average posting triple the gains of the broader stock market, as investors tallied up the benefits of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform. While some on Wall Street have held back amid…

Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro to appear today at pre-trial hearing

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A former Cleveland school-bus driver accused of holding three women captive in his home and torturing them for a decade is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday. Ariel Castro, 52, pleaded not guilty last week to more than 300…

Small global warming rise would have ‘alarming’ impact: World Bank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Much of Bangkok could flood within the next two decades if global warming stays on its current trajectory, as sea levels rise and cyclones intensify, the World Bank said in a new report on Wednesday. The flooding of 40 percent of the Thai capital was just one…

FBI search for Jimmy Hoffa’s body may last two more days

By Joseph Lichterman OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Michigan (Reuters) – Investigators looking for the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa in a suburban Detroit field could search the area for two more days, seeking evidence to prove an elderly mobster’s claim the labor leader was buried alive on the property shortly…

Japan finds highly toxic strontium-90 in Fukushima groundwater

By Osamu Tsukimori and Yuka Obayashi TOKYO (Reuters) – High levels of a toxic substance called strontium-90 have been found in groundwater at the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the utility that runs the facility said on Wednesday. Strontium-90 is a by-product of the fission of uranium and…

Anchorman 2 trailer: Ron Burgundy is back – and it’s kind of a big deal

Will Ferrell and the Channel 5 news team make headlines once again, as they find their place in 1980s New York The debut full-length trailer for Anchorman 2 has hit the web, with Ron Burgundy and his team of eccentric news types relocating from San Diego to New York at…

John ‘The Executioner’ Martorano under microscope in trial of accused U.S. mobster James Whitey Bulger

By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) – Attorneys for accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger will seek on Wednesday to paint star witness John “The Executioner” Martorano as a heartless killer whose testimony cannot be trusted in the trial of one of Boston’s most feared men. Martorano, a former altar boy…

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