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Bald ‘cancer Barbie’ doll to debut in 2013

The US maker of the famous Barbie franchise will release a doll next year that is bald in support of children who have cancer and lose their hair in treatment, a Mattel spokesman said Tuesday. The decision to launch the new doll, which Mattel described as “a friend of Barbie,”…

In candid study, Chinese scholar sees U.S. decline

WASHINGTON — Convinced that the United States is in decline, China’s distrust is growing of the longtime superpower which it sees as bent on holding back the Asian power’s rise, an influential scholar says. In a candid new study, well-known experts from China and the United States with wide experience…

Transgender model Jenna Talackova raps Donald Trump over Miss Universe ban

LOS ANGELES — A sex-change model barred from Canada’s Miss Universe contest demanded Tuesday that Donald Trump clarify her position despite a U-turn by organizers, sparking a colorful exchange about the tycoon’s manhood. Jenna Talackova, 23, had complained after being disqualified from the contest, which chooses Canada’s candidate for the…

Powerful tornadoes strike Texas

WASHINGTON — At least two tornadoes ripped across northern Texas Tuesday, flipping huge trucks like toys, tearing off roofs and grounding flights but apparently causing only minor casualties. One twister touched down in a parking lot full of tractor-trailers — large trucks that move shipping-container sized cargos, and television images…

EU opens two antitrust investigations into Google’s Motorola Mobility

European regulators opened Tuesday two antitrust investigations against Motorola Mobility, bought by US Internet giant Google, in the latest chapter of an escalating patent war with Apple and Microsoft. The European Commission said it would check whether Motorola had abused a dominant market position on patents by seeking injunctions to…

Canadians protest wind power subsidies over environmental concerns

Hundreds of Canadians demonstrated on Tuesday calling for an end to subsidies for wind power, saying noise from colossal turbines is making some people sick and driving down rural property prices. Organizers told AFP about 800 farmers and other rural residents rallied outside a clean energy forum in downtown Toronto…

Rebel clashes in Timbuktu prompts concern for ancient treasures

The seizure of Timbuktu by a fractious group of separatist and Islamist rebels in northern Mali has raised fears for the fate of the legendary city’s ancient manuscripts and architectural treasures. Timbuktu, a cradle of Islamic learning and a thriving trade centre in its 16th-century heyday, was overrun Sunday by…

Conservations wait as time is ripe for pandas to breed

The clock is ticking, and the heat is on. A giant male panda loaned to Britain by China has just 36 hours to make his move on his female companion or he’ll have to wait another year. Conservationists at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland put Yang Guang together in the same…

Obama calls Ryan budget ‘thinly-veiled social Darwinism’

A gladiatorial President Barack Obama on Tuesday accused Republicans of plotting “social Darwinism” and hammered out the economic vision on which he will build his bid for a second White House term. Obama, apparently bristling to start mixing it with his Republican foe ahead of November’s election, made an impassioned…

Saudi man blows $136,000 on bottle of champagne from 1990

A Saudi millionaire splurged $136,000 on a bottle of champagne at Dubai’s glitzy Cavalli club over the weekend, a UAE newspaper reported on Tuesday. “The Saudi Arabian and his friends guzzled” a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal in the early hours of Saturday morning, the 7DAYS newspaper said, citing the…

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