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U.S. nun group rejects Vatican condemnation

The leader of a group of US Catholic nuns on Saturday rejected condemnation from a Vatican report that said it defied Church doctrine. “We haven’t violated any teaching,” Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, told AFP, insisting the group would not stop “caring for the least among…

UN authorizes full Syria monitor mission

The United Nations voted Saturday to send 300 unarmed ceasefire observers to Syria, but the United States warned it may veto a new mandate for the force because its patience was “exhausted.” In the restive Syrian province of Homs, the first dispatch of UN observers arrived to monitor a shaky ceasefire, as…

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb wakes from coma: spokesman

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken from a coma and responded to members of his family, his spokesman said Saturday. Gibb, 62, contracted pneumonia and fell into the coma last week. He is suffering from colon and liver cancer. His spokesman Doug Wright said Gibb had been able to nod and communicate…

Russian eats pound of caviar in 90 seconds

A 49-year old Russian with a big spoon in hand swallowed a pound (500 grams) of caviar in about 90 seconds to win what was billed as the world’s first eating contest featuring the pricey fish roe. “In Texas, people organise hot dog and hamburger eating championships and contests,” the swanky Apartment restaurant said…

Ex-governor Bush ‘would consider’ Republican VP spot

Ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush said in an interview with a conservative online news site Saturday that he would “consider” running along with likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney if he were offered the job. However Bush — the son of president George Bush (1989-1993) and brother of George W. Bush (2001-2009) — thought that Florida Senator Marco Rubio would be…

Tens of thousands rally against Czech government

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Prague on Saturday for an anti-government rally as the centre-right ruling coalition was teetering on the verge of collapse. Unions, pensioners, student associations and other groups angered by austerity cuts and graft scandals teamed up for what they said would be the biggest…

Israelis told to leave Sinai over attacks fears

Israeli authorities warned citizens on Saturday to leave Egypt’s Sinai peninsula immediately because of a “critical and immediate threat” of a terrorist attack. “All Iraelis in the Sinai are called upon to leave the region and return to Israel,” said a statement from the anti-terrorist bureau. “Based on information in…

Aussies angry as Cher tries to sell Adelaide ‘key to the city’ on eBay

Officials in southern Australia’s Adelaide voiced their disappointment Saturday at revelations that US singer Cher had apparently put her key to the city up for sale on Internet auction house eBay. The key and accompanying memorial plaque was being sold online by a user called Authentic_Cher who claims to be…

Rare Egyptian ‘Book of the Dead’ scrolls found in Australian collection

A British historian said Saturday he had unearthed a trove of Egyptian Book of the Dead fragments by a top ancient official after chancing upon a scrap on show in an Australian museum. John Taylor, a world-famous Egyptologist from the British Museum, said his discovery began with a shred of…

Charges laid in ‘Olympic’ dog-sled slaughter

Charges were laid on Friday in the grisly slaughter of dozens of huskies used by a tourism company during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada’s westernmost province. British Columbia prosecutors charged Robert Fawcett, manager of a sled-dog touring company in the ski resort of Whistler, with “causing unnecessary pain or…

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