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How SpongeBob SquarePants became massive in Egypt

Stroll the streets of central Cairo today, and two faces stand out. The first is a symbol of resistance; Jika, a teenage protester shot dead late last year, whose likeness has been repeatedly stencilled across the walls of the city centre. The second is rather less revolutionary. It belongs to…

IRS targets First Caribbean International Bank over tax evasion

A Caribbean bank formerly co-owned by Barclays has been targeted by US tax authorities seeking information on suspected American tax evaders. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has filed a “John Doe” summons – a request for information on an unknown number of unnamed people – against US taxpayers with offshore…

Thousands of Romanians protest Chevron fracking

Thousands of Romanians protested on Monday against plans by the US company Chevron to explore for shale gas in eastern Romania. “I have three children and I want them to grow up within a safe environment with clean water. Exploring for shale gas threatens to contaminate ground water,” Alina Secrieru,…

New York City launches bike share service ten months behind schedule

Ten months behind schedule, New York City on Monday launched what aims to be one of the world’s biggest bike share programs, following in the path already taken by Paris, Montreal, London and Barcelona. New Yorkers will now be able to move around on the 6,000 blue “Citi Bikes” distributed…

Gov. Rick Perry and lawmakers hope to lure SpaceX to Texas

Though Elon Musk’s all-electric car venture has been derided by conservatives, the tech entrepreneur’s vision of a private space industry has the backing of at least one prominent Republican. Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday signed legislation into law that would allow Boca Chica Beach to be temporarily closed for…

Well-known burlesque performer Sparkly Devil killed in car crash

The well-known burlesque performer Sparkly Devil was killed early Sunday morning in an automobile accident. Sarah Klein, 36, was killed in a collision with a party bus on Highway 101, south of San Francisco. Her 43-year-old husband Raul Padilla was driving southbound when they slammed into a center divider, spun…

Scientists warn that mass badger hunt could cause an illegal extermination of the whole population

England’s highly controversial badger culls risk illegally wiping out every badger in the cull zones because the animals’ numbers are so poorly known, according to one of the UK’s leading badger experts. The culls, intended to curb tuberculosis in cattle, are authorised to begin on 1 June but could prove unworkable…

Rebellious penguin refuses to be contained by SeaWorld Orlando exhibit

Visitors at SeaWorld Orlando over the weekend were treated to some unexpected excitement in the form of an adventurous and rebellious penguin. The penguin at the new “Antarctica: Empire Of The Penguin” exhibit managed to jump out of the attraction and briefly wattled among the human patrons. Upon experiencing the…

French Foreign Minister: There are ‘mounting suspicions’ of chemical weapons use in Syria

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday said there were “mounting suspicions” that chemical weapons were being used in Syria. Speaking to journalists after talks with his EU counterparts, Fabius said that “very detailed verification” was necessary however. There were indications of “localised use” of chemical arms, he said. “We…

23-year-old man arrested for trying to open emergency exit during flight

Federal agents arrested a 23-year-old man on Monday for allegedly attempting to open the emergency exit while his flight to Portland, Oregon was still in the air. KATU-TV reported that Alexander Michael Herrera allegedly had to be restrained by fellow passengers and crew members during the flight from Anchorage, Alaska…

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