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Colbert: Fox’s Cavuto and ‘expert’ say Syria marks the start of the end times

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert sent up the dire, apocalyptic warnings about the invasion of Syria promulgated by Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and a guest, Armageddon “expert” Joel Rosenberg. Colbert began by noting that just about everyone has weighed in on the question of whether to…

Policeman accused of ‘inappropriate’ treatment of Whitney Houston’s corpse

A Beverly Hills police officer has been accused of ogling the naked corpse of Whitney Houston after she was found drowned at her hotel. According to another officer at the scene, detective sergeant Terry Nutall “contaminated” and “mistreated” the body of the singer, removing a sheet that was being used…

Japan baseball league chief quits over ball scandal

The chief of Japanese professional baseball resigned Thursday ending months of calls for him to go after the former diplomat admitted his office secretly changed the design of balls to produce more home runs. Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) commissioner Ryozo Kato had been under pressure since the scandal erupted in…

Couple killed, man beheaded in India ‘honor killing’

A man was beheaded and his girlfriend beaten to death in an “honour killing” in northern India after they eloped, police said Thursday. The woman’s mother, father and uncle were arrested after the gruesome murders carried out in a village in the state of Haryana on Wednesday, police said. The…

Mexican villagers recount horror of huge mudslide

A rumbling noise came from the hill before the earth crashed down on the Mexican hamlet of La Pintada, burying people, the school and church after days of rain, survivors told AFP. The remote mountain village in the southwestern state of Guerrero was the latest casualty of twin major storms…

Four charged over Mumbai photographer’s gang-rape

Four men were formally charged Thursday in a Mumbai court over the gang rape of a young photographer in the city — a case that reignited anger about women’s safety across India. Crime branch officers filed a chargesheet laying out their case against the men at the Esplanade Court in…

Kadhafi son in court in Libya’s Zintan: lawyer

Seif al-Islam, son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, appeared in court Thursday in Zintan west of Tripoli on security charges in a trial that was adjourned until December, a lawyer said. “Seif al-Islam Kadhafi appeared before the Zintan court that decided to adjourn the trial until December 12 to…

Two Saudis die of MERS virus

Two Saudis have died after contracting the MERS coronavirus, the health ministry said on Thursday, bringing the total number of fatalities from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom to 49. A 75-year-old woman, who had suffered chronic illnesses, died in the western city of Medina, while a man, 83, who…

U.S. missed ‘red flags’ about gunman

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged authorities missed some “red flags” that might have averted a deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, vowing to close any gaps in security. Hagel made the admission in the wake of Monday’s massacre that left 13 dead, including the shooter, as details…

McCain tells Russia Putin ‘doesn’t believe in you’

US Senator John McCain penned a blistering column for Russian media, telling the Russian people that their President Vladimir Putin is a dissent-quashing tyrant who “doesn’t believe in you.” The senior US lawmaker, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, accosted Putin and his associates for rigging elections, imprisoning and murdering opponents,…

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