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‘Shark helped save me’ from 177-day drift at sea says rescued Kiribati fisherman

A day after watching a film about being lost at sea, Toakai Teitoi was trapped in his own nightmare, drifting in a wooden boat for 15 weeks — before a shark helped to rescue him. The 41-year-old Kiribati policeman and father-of-six relived his harrowing voyage in the central Pacific when…

Anti-Japan protests erupt across China

Thousands of anti-Japanese demonstrators mounted protests in cities across China on Sunday over disputed islands in the East China Sea, a day after an attempt to storm Tokyo’s embassy in the capital. Beijing was infuriated last week when Japan announced it had bought the rocky outcrops and while Chinese authorities…

Four NATO troops killed by ‘Afghan police’

Four NATO soldiers were killed Sunday in the second suspected attack by Afghan police in two days, as officials detailed unprecedented damage from a Taliban assault on the base where Britain’s Prince Harry is deployed. Afghan authorities said the shooting took place in Zabul province, part of the restive south…

U.S. military to ‘modernize’ nuclear arsenal: report

The US government plans to undertake the costliest modernization of its nuclear arsenal in history, even though the military as a whole is facing stiff spending cuts, The Washington Post reported. The newspaper said there is no official price estimate for the effort to upgrade and maintain the 5,113 warheads…

Italian townspeople ponder existential questions in new civic focus

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle are the new unlikely heroes of a remote Italian town where local authorities are promoting philosophical thinking for a better way of life. A philosophy trail leads past a sofa that pronounces deep thoughts when you sit on it, a park with no lights to encourage…

FARC ready for peace, top Colombia rebel says

Leftist FARC rebels are determined to reach a deal when they meet with Colombian officials in Norway next month to negotiate an end their decades-long insurgency, a senior commander said. Ricardo Tellez, often described as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s “minister of foreign affairs,” is one of five rebel…

White House race nudges toward Obama

President Barack Obama has carved out a clear advantage in the White House race even as he juggles the demands of his re-election campaign with managing a raging Middle East crisis. Obama appears to be enjoying a resilient bounce following the Democratic National Convention nearly two weeks ago, while his…

Teen held in Chicago ‘jihad’ car bomb plot

FBI agents have arrested and charged a US teen hoping to engage in “violent jihad” after he tried to detonate a would-be car bomb outside a bar in downtown Chicago, officials said. Friday night’s arrest of Adel Daoud, an American, marked the end of an undercover sting operation during which…

Minnie Mouse and Americana hit London Fashion Week

British designer Jasper Conran brought a taste of 1970s Americana to London Fashion Week on Saturday, while some of his colleagues paid tribute to an unlikely style icon — Minnie Mouse. On the second day of London Fashion Week, barefoot models trampled a grassy catwalk as they showed off Conran’s…

Irish tabloid prints topless Kate photos

Britain’s royal family on Saturday condemned the “greed” of an Irish newspaper that published topless photographs of Prince William’s wife Catherine, and warned an Italian magazine not to follow suit. The grainy images of Catherine sunbathing in her bikini bottoms appeared in Saturday’s Irish Daily Star, a fresh blow to…

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