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Boxing icon Muhammed Ali serenaded on 70th birthday

More than 300 people serenaded boxing icon Muhammad Ali with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” at a lavish $1,000-a-plate fundraiser and party in his Kentucky hometown. Ali, who is one of the world’s most recognizable sportsman, turns 70 on Tuesday. The former three-time world heavyweight champ now suffers from…

Japan flight turns back after seat fire: reports

A Japan Airlines flight bound for Sydney was forced to turn back after takeoff when a business class passenger seat caught fire, according to reports. The small fire was apparently caused by a cigarette lighter — although the airline said it has not yet identified who it belonged to, according…

Iran warns Gulf states not to make up oil shortfall

Iran has warned its Gulf neighbours to not make up for any shortfall in its oil exports under new Western sanctions, its OPEC representative said in comments published on Sunday. “We would not consider these actions to be friendly,” Mohammad Ali Khatibi was quoted as saying by the Sharq newspaper.…

Failed Russia Mars probe set for Sunday crash

Russia’s space agency on Sunday called off all predictions of the likely crash site of its ill-fated Mars probe only hours before the 13.5-tonne spacecraft was due to begin its fatal descent. Roscosmos said on its website that fragments of the stranded Phobos-Grunt voyager would probably fall to Earth on…

Iraq suicide bomber kills 53 at pilgrimage climax

A suicide bomber killed 53 people in an apparent sectarian attack in southern Iraq on Saturday, casting a pall over the conclusion of a Shiite Muslim pilgrimage that draws millions. The attack on devotees on the outskirts of the port city of Basra, which left 137 wounded, came with Iraq…

Thousands protest Bulgaria ‘fracking’ plans

Several thousand Bulgarians demonstrated across the country on Saturday against plans for shale gas exploration by US companyChevron that they say could harm the environment. About 1,000 youngsters marched along the streets of the capital Sofia, beating drums and blowing whistles as “a wake-up call to all Bulgarians,” an AFP correspondent at the…

Qatar emir says he favors Arab force in Syria

Qatar favours sending Arab forces into Syria to stop the deadly 10-month crackdown on dissent as the Arab League said Saturday it will reassess its heavily criticised observer mission there. The emir of Qatar, in an interview with US network CBS to air Sunday, says he favours dispatching Arab troops to Syria to “stop the…

Romney team hits back at Obama’s ‘job destroyer’ attack

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney’s team hit back Saturday atPresident Barack Obama’s campaign for portraying him as a jobs destroyer, ahead of a pivotal US election primary in South Carolina. Romney, favorite to take on Democrat Obama in the November 6 vote, sought to turn the tables on the president, with a campaign aide comparing…

Occupy ‘will never die’: protesters in Washington

Protesters with the “Occupy” movement in the US capitol said Friday the authorities’ efforts to evict them would fail, after the city mayor called for their removal. “They are trying to annoy us, to get our spirits down but I really think it’s not working,” said Sam Mellot from Virginia…

Martin Luther King Memorial inscription to be corrected

Three months after the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, an inscription on the monument to the civil rights leader is to be corrected. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday he has given the National Park Service 30 days to correct the error on the base of the…

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