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Pope Benedict XVI is ‘nearly blind in one eye’ and was advised to limit air travel because of high blood pressure: report

Pope Benedict XVI is nearly blind in one eye and was advised by his doctor to limit air travel because of his high blood pressure, the website Vatican Insider reported on Wednesday. The report also said the 85-year-old pontiff often has problems sleeping and has fallen out of bed several…

Bulgarian government resigns amid protests

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced his government’s resignation on Wednesday following days of sometimes violent street protests in the European Union’s poorest member. The move paves the way for early elections, which had been due to be held in July. “We have dignity and honour. It is the people…

Supreme Court tilts toward Monsanto in battle with farmer

The US Supreme Court appeared on Tuesday to side with Monsanto against an Indiana farmer accused of having pirated the genetically-modified crops developed by the agribusiness giant. At stake is whether farmers can reproduce genetically-modified seeds on their own without paying for the technology again each growing season, which Monsanto…

FBI examining possible Heinz insider trades

The FBI is examining possible insider trading in Heinz shares ahead of last week’s buyout announcement, after US regulators identified suspicious trades from a Swiss account, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. “We’re aware of the trading anomalies the day before the announcement,” said Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser. “And…

Smog causes surge in heart deaths: study

Exposure to higher levels of fine particulates — the airborne pollution that is an emerging problem in many Asian cities — causes a sharp rise in deaths from heart attacks, a study published on Wednesday said. Research published in the European Heart Journal pointed the finger at so-called PM2.5 pollution,…

Disgraced Los Angeles Cardinal Mahony asked to stay away from Vatican conclave

Activists fighting for truth and justice for victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests hold out little hope for progress under the next pope as controversy brews over a US cardinal who covered up for predator clerics. A Catholic association has asked retired Los Angeles archbishop Roger Mahony to stay…

‘Happy Feet Jr.’ found stranded 1,250 miles from home in New Zealand

A penguin dubbed Happy Feet junior has been found stranded 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) from home in New Zealand, reviving memories of another wayward penguin that washed up in 2011. The latest wandering stray was discovered close to death on the coast south of Wellington over the weekend and taken…

Horsemeat scandal spreads to Hong Kong

Fears over a Europe-wide food fraud scandal concerning horsemeat sold as beef have spread to Hong Kong after an imported brand of “beef” lasagne was pulled from shelves, officials said Wednesday. Hong Kong authorities last week ordered a top local supermarket chain to remove the lasagne made by frozen food…

Sea Shepherd environmental activists say Japanese whalers ‘rammed’ their ships

Environmental campaigners from the militant Sea Shepherd group said on Wednesday a Japanese whaling ship had “rammed” its vessels in a skirmish in the Southern Ocean. Sea Shepherd director Bob Brown said the Japanese factory boat the Nisshin Maru had deliberately collided with boats crewed by anti-whaling campaigners, the Steve…

New crazy North Korea propaganda video shows Obama and U.S. troops in flames

North Korea has released a new propaganda video showing US soldiers and President Barack Obama burning in the flames of a nuclear blast. The footage was uploaded on YouTube on Monday, two weeks after a separate video that showed New York city in flames after an apparent missile attack. Both…

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