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World record for fastest motorized toilet

Stunt woman Jolene Van Vugt was flushed with pride Wednesday after setting a new land speed record for the fastest motorised toilet. Van Vugt, a former Canadian motocross champion, steered the contraption through some early wobbles to 75 kilometres per hour (46 mph) in Sydney, seven kilometres more than the previousGuinness world record. Police…

Greenpeace activist flies into French nuclear plant

A Greenpeace activist on Wednesday flew inside the grounds of a French nuclear power plant using a motorised paraglider, police and the organisation said. “A Greenpeace activist arrived with a motorised paraglider around 7:40 am (0540 GMT). He flew over the plant, threw a smoke bomb and landed inside, where he was detained,” police near…

NGO: Media rights deteriorating in Iraq

orsened in the past year in Iraq, a local rights group said, in a country already thought to have among the worst press freedoms in the world. The statement by the Iraq-based Journalism Freedoms Observatory(JFO), issued ahead of World Press Freedom Day on Thursday, voiced concern over what it said were arbitrary arrests, restrictions…

Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB begins fightback at UK officials

Rupert Murdoch’s empire launched a fightback on Thursday after a mauling by British lawmakers, with satellite broadcaster BSkyBannouncing large profits and insisting it is fit to hold a licence. A parliamentary committee said in a majority decision on Tuesday that Murdoch was “not a fit person” to run a global company because of…

Taliban hit Kabul after Obama visit

Taliban bombers attacked a heavily fortified guesthouse used by Westerners in Kabul on Wednesday, announcing the start of their annual “spring offensive” in defiance of assertions from US President Barack Obama during a visit to Afghanistan that the war was ending. Seven people were killed after attackers dressed in burqas detonated a suicide car bomb and clashed…

Taliban announce Afghan ‘spring offensive’

The Taliban militia announced their “spring offensive” would begin across Afghanistan on Thursday. Code-named Al-Farouq, the primary targets of the offensive would be “foreign invaders, their advisors, their contractors, all those who help them militarily and in intelligence”, the militants said on their website. “Al-Farouq spring offensive will be launched on May 3 all…

U.S. envoy: Worst ‘not over’ in Yemen

Two months after a new president took power in Yemen, replacing veteran Ali Abdullah Saleh, the UN envoy to the unrest-hit country cautioned that the worst may not be over, though a transition plan remains on track. In an interview with AFP in Sanaa, Jamal Benomar also said Yemen is still facing serious security challenges…

Despite pressure, Murdoch has iron grip on media empire

WASHINGTON — Rupert Murdoch faces stepped up pressure over control of News Corp. following a blistering report from British lawmakers on a hacking scandal but his grip on the firm is not in immediate danger, analysts say. That is because Murdoch holds the reins of the New York-based global media…

Putin, Medvedev toast May Day at Soviet pub

MOSCOW — Russia’s leaders Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev rolled back the years Tuesday as they took a round of May Day drinks in a Moscow pub popular for beer-drinking since Soviet times. The Zhiguli pub just off the central Arbat street is a Moscow institution, known for its cheap…

Obama: ‘Time of war’ is done, now time for renewal

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — President Barack Obama said Wednesday a “time of war” was ending in a moment of American renewal, on a secret trip to Afghanistan a year after ordering the death of Osama bin Laden. In a highly political election-year address from outside Kabul, Obama showcased his…

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