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Prank Egypt TV show exposes depth of Israel hostility

A prank Egyptian talk show that infuriates guests by duping them into believing they are on Israeli TV reveals the antipathy many hold for the Jewish state despite a wintry peace treaty between the neighbours. “Judgement after Deliberations,” aired nightly by private Nahar satellite television during the Muslim holy month…

Truman’s grandson visits Hiroshima

The grandson of former US president Harry Truman, who authorised the atomic bombing of Japan during World War II, visited Hiroshima on Saturday before the 67th anniversary of its devastation. Clifton Truman Daniel, 55, toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and offered a silent prayer for victims of the 1945…

South Africa marks 50 years since Mandela’s arrest

South Africa will unveil its latest monument to Nelson Mandela on Saturday, a new statue along a rural highway to mark the spot where he was arrested 50 years ago for his struggle against white rule. Mandela, now 94, was arrested as a young liberation fighter on August 5, 1962,…

U.S. officials warn of swine flu outbreak at county fairs

US health officials on Friday warned the public to be careful around pigs after an outbreak of flu among visitors to county fairs. The virus does not appear to have evolved to the point where it spreads easily among humans, but it does contain a gene from the pandemic H1N1…

Hackers hit Reuters, post fake blog on Syria

Hackers took over the blogging platform of the Reuters news agency and posted “fabricated” stories said to include an interview with a Syrian rebel leader, the company said Friday. “Reuters.com was a target of a hack on Friday,” said a statement from parent firm Thomson Reuters. “Our blogging platform was…

Young undocumented immigrants can apply for deportation relief

The US government said it would begin accepting applications later this month from young undocumented immigrants who hope to avoid deportation under a new policy. Starting August 15, “individuals will be able to submit a request for consideration of deferred action” to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS Director…

Fort Hood shooter fined for refusing to shave

The US Army psychiatrist accused of a massacre on a Texas military base was again fined $1,000 for refusing to shave before a military hearing. Major Nidal Hasan, who could face the death penalty if convicted, is accused of opening fire at the Fort Hood army base on November 5,…

Birds’ heads torn off in Australian zoo rampage

Nine birds, including an endangered swift parrot, had their heads smashed in or ripped off and more than 60 animals were missing on Saturday after vandals went on the rampage at an Australian zoo. Tasmania Zoo owner Dick Warren said he found the mutilated animals when he opened up on…

LGBT activists target Chick-fil-A with ‘kiss-in’

Gays and lesbians puckered up at “kiss-ins” outside Chick-fil-A outlets across the United States in protest over the fast-food chain’s opposition to same-sex marriage. More than 14,000 people signed up on Facebook for National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A on Friday, an event arranged mostly online. “It has nothing…

Marilyns from around the world meet for Monroe tributes

When a faux Hugh Hefner, clad in his trademark smoking jacket, finishes his karaoke song, he turns to Marilyn Monroe and asks: “Do you want to marry me?” The Marilyn look-alike — Canadian Nadine Banville — was part of a recent tribute to the iconic movie star, who died 50…

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