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Bootleg alcohol kills 20 in Czech Republic

A 63-year-old man died Sunday in the Czech Republic after drinking bootleg spirits tainted with methanol, bringing the death toll from an outbreak of alcohol poisoning to 20, hospital staff said. The man was found unconscious Friday at a railway station in the eastern town of Prerov and was hospitalised…

International creditors doubt Greece can meet goals

Greece’s international creditors no longer believe Athens can achieve its financial objectives, especially a reduction in its debt burden, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt reported. “Until now, creditors worked on the principle that Greece would achieve a sustainable level of indebtedness by 2020. This goal is no longer achievable,” the…

Hezbollah calls for Lebanon protests over anti-Islam film

Hassan Nasrallah, head of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah organisation, on Sunday called for protests across the country over a US-produced film mocking Islam that caused uproar across the Islamic world. “The whole world needs to see your anger on your faces, in your fists and your shouts,” Nasrallah said in a…

Japanese invention could end tooth decay

Scientists in Japan have created a microscopically thin film that can coat individual teeth to prevent decay or to make them appear whiter, the chief researcher said. The “tooth patch” is a hard-wearing and ultra-flexible material made from hydroxyapatite, the main mineral in tooth enamel, that could also mean an…

Warren Buffett’s cancer treatment over: report

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has completed radiation treatment for prostate cancer, according to a newspaper owned by the larger-than-life financier. “It’s a great day for me. Today I had my 44th and last day of radiation,” the tycoon told executives of newspapers he recently acquired on Friday, according to a…

‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ tops North American box office

Science fiction thriller “Resident Evil: Retribution” topped the North American box office at the weekend, holding off the 3D version of “Finding Nemo,” estimates showed Sunday. Both films were making their debut but the former, starring Milla Jovovich, took $20.6 million in receipts, ahead of “Finding Nemo,” which earned $17.5…

Iran foundation boosts bounty to kill Rushdie: media

An Iranian foundation has reportedly increased a bounty for the death of Salman Rushdie, saying that if the British writer had previously been killed for blasphemy an anti-Islam film currently enraging Muslims would never have been made. Iranian media quoted Hassan Sane’i, a cleric heading the 15 of Khordad Foundation,…

British royals to lodge criminal complaint over Kate Middleton topless photos

LONDON — Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine are to lodge a criminal complaint in France over the taking and publishing of topless photographs which appeared in a French magazine, a palace spokeswoman said Sunday. “We can confirm that a criminal complaint is to be made to the French…

Muslims protest outside U.S. embassy in London

LONDON — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the United States embassy in London on Sunday to protest an anti-Islam film that has caused outrage throughout the Muslim world. Around 300 men and women joined in the protest, waving placards and chanting slogans outside the embassy building in central London, an…

Romney skips Colorado rally after small plane crash

BURLINGTON, Massachusetts — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney canceled a campaign rally scheduled in Colorado on Sunday after a crash at the airport where his plane was due to land later in the day. “Due to a plane crash involving a small aircraft at the Pueblo airport that is under…

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