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Nude runners earn stripes at London Zoo in ‘Streak for Tigers’ fundraiser

Hundreds of animal lovers stripped naked to run around London Zoo on Friday to raise money for a rare sub-species of tiger. The sponsored streak saw 300 activists jog round the zoo outside of normal visiting hours cheered on by supporters and observed by some rather bemused animals. Wearing nothing…

Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva slammed for anti-LGBT comments

Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva faced outrage Friday from activists and fellow athletics legends after backing Russia’s controversial new anti-gay law and saying competitors at the Sochi Winter Olympics should respect it. The 31-year-old kicked up a storm on Thursday when she said in Moscow she supported the law…

Polio outbreak in Somalia worsens due to instability

Aid workers in war-torn Somalia are struggling to contain a dangerous outbreak of the crippling polio virus, with rampant insecurity hampering efforts, the United Nations said Friday. Six years after the Horn of Africa nation was declared free of the virus, at least 105 cases have been confirmed in Somalia,…

John Oliver on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner: F*ck this guy!

Thursday night on The Daily Show, John Oliver “tidied things up” for Jon Stewart by following up on some of the previous stories he had covered. One such story was the continuing sexual harassment scandal involving San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. Oliver joked that Filner looked like “the Joker” from…

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams tells ‘persecuted’ western Christians to grow up

Former archbishop of Canterbury says UK and US Christians exaggerate ‘mild discomfort’, and gay friends may feel let down Christians in Britain and the US who claim that they are persecuted should “grow up” and not exaggerate what amounts to feeling “mildly uncomfortable”, according to Rowan Williams, who last year…

Powerful earthquake felt across New Zealand

A powerful earthquake shook major cities across New Zealand on Friday, sending terrified office workers diving under their desks but with no initial reports of significant damage. The 6.8-magnitude quake struck at 2:31 pm (0231 GMT) in the Cook Strait, the US Geological Survey said. It was felt from Christchurch…

Woman has arm bitten off in Hawaii shark attack

A German woman had her right arm bitten off after being attacked by a shark while swimming in Hawaii, authorities said. The 20-year-old woman was snorkeling in murky waters approximately 50 yards offshore at a beach on Maui island on Wednesday when the horror unfolded, Maui County officials said in…

Audit finds NSA violated ‘thousands’ of its own privacy rules

The National Security Agency (NSA) has breached privacy rules or acted outside its authority several thousand times since being granted sweeping new powers five years ago, the Washington Post reported. The paper said on its website on Thursday the breaches had been revealed after analysis of an internal audit and…

A vicious cycle: Could droughts and storms make climate change worse?

With climate change expected to bring more heatwaves, violent storms and heavy rainfall, the impact on human society is likely to be significant. As…  …

How organized crime has adapted to globalization

“THEY were my partners in crime. They were my best friends. They were my children’s godfathers.” So said John Martorano, a former hitman known as “The Executioner”, of his fellow mobsters in a gang led by James “Whitey” Bulger (pictured),…  …

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