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Sarkozy supporters have less sex: French poll

French voters planning to back centre-right incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in next month’s election have sex less often than their left-wing rivals, according to a poll published Friday. The survey, conducted by the respected polling institute Ifop on behalf of the pornographic magazine Hot Video, measured the intensity and variety…

Israelis kill1, wound 51 during Land Day clashes in Gaza, West Bank

Israeli gunfire killed a 20-year-old man and wounded another 51 people on Friday, as thousands rallied across the West Bank and Gaza to mark Land Day, medical sources said. Demonstrations also took place in annexed east Jerusalem and across Israel, as well as in Jordan, southern Lebanon and Syria to…

Dead spy’s family says ‘dark arts’ agents covered up his death

The family of a British spy whose body was found padlocked inside a bag believe secret agents versed in the “dark arts” tried to cover up his mysterious death, lawyers told a coroner on Friday. The decomposing remains of Gareth Williams, 30, were found on August 23, 2010, in a…

German woman inherits 4 paintings stolen from New York City in 1998

More than 23 years after they were snatched from a New York gallery, four valuable paintings have turned up in the western German city of Cologne, police said Friday. The works valued at $345,000 (258,000 euros) when they were stolen in July 1988 surfaced in a collection bequeathed to a…

Senate passes resolution calling on China to ease restrictions on Tibet

The US Senate has urged China to ease restrictions on Tibetans, free prisoners and allow access by foreign media to address grievances following a wave of self-immolation protests. In a voice vote without objections Thursday, the Senate approved a resolution that deplored “repressive policies targeting Tibetans” despite warnings from China,…

Obama moves to choke Iran oil exports

President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for fresh sanctions against Iran’s oil sector Friday, judging there is enough oil on world markets to ensure the move will not hit US consumers. With just hours to go before a legal deadline, Obama determined the United States could levy sanctions against banks…

Senate urges humanitarian access to Sudan

The US Senate has called for Sudan to allow humanitarian aid workers into restive Blue Nile and South Kordofan states where a quarter million people face food shortages, a US lawmaker said Friday. A resolution promoting peace and stability in Sudan was agreed to by voice vote late Thursday, calling…

U.S. ambassador says Russia is a ‘wild country’

The US ambassador to Moscow questioned Friday how a Kremlin-linked television channel accessed his private schedule, calling Russia a “wild country” in an altercation with its reporters. Michael McFaul wrote on Twitter that NTV, a state-run broadcaster that has aired smear documentaries against the opposition, seemed to know his appointments…

Tattoo artists works to give breast cancer survivors new nipples

Few tattoo artists tell their clients they could win a wet T-shirt contest. Then again, few tattoo artists are quite like Vincent “Vinnie” Myers. In his shop in a modest strip mall in Finksburg, a half-hour drive from Baltimore, Myers specializes in tattooing nipples and areolas onto women who have undergone breast cancer surgery. Using…

Victorious Phelps has ‘room to improve’ says coach

Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly and was runner-up in the100m freestyle at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, but the Olympic swim star did not impress coach Bob Bowman. Nathan Adrian managed to ignore his torn swimsuit to hold off hard-charging Phelps in the 100m free final, winning in 48.62sec. Phelps was second in 48.74. Phelps bounced…

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