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Cutting-edge cocktails light up New York

You’re not allowed to light a cigarette in New York bars, but there’s nothing to stop a bartender from setting your cocktail on fire with a 815 degrees Celsius (1,500 degrees Fahrenheit) poker. In fact, the red hot rod is just the tip of the mad scientist treatment meted out…

‘Oldest marathon runner’ competes in Hong Kong

A 100-year-old British Indian man who claims to be the world’s oldest marathoner was all smiles after completing a 10-kilometre run at the Hong Kong marathon on Sunday. Born in 1911 and affectionately nicknamed the “Turbaned Torpedo”, Fauja Singh finished the race in just over one hour and 34 minutes,…

Republicans ‘struggling to woo Latinos’

Astrid Silva came to the United States aged four with her parents from Mexico in search of “the American dream.” She’s 23 now and fears being deported every day. She is one reason Republicans are struggling to woo Latinos — key voters in heavily Hispanic states like Nevada, Colorado and…

Greek leaders in emergency meeting for debt deal

Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos held an emergency meeting with political allies on Sunday after hours of “superhuman” negotiations with EU-IMF bailout auditors failed to produce a rescue deal. George Papandreou, Antonis Samaras and George Karatzaferis — the leaders of the socialist, conservative and far-right parties backing the government —…

Environment agency becomes crunch issue in Rio talks

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is emerging as a hot issue in preparations for June’s Rio conference, styled as a once-in-a-generation chance to restore a sick planet to good health. The US is fighting a proposal, backed according to France by least 100 countries, for transforming UNEP from a poorly…

Pacifists protest possible war against Iran

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated Saturday in New York and pacifist groups took to the streets in dozens of other US and Canadian cities in a “Day of Mass Action” against a possible war with Iran. About 500 protesters gathered in Manhattan’s Times Square and marched to the headquarters of the…

Eight arrested as police move in on Occupy DC

Police swept through the Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, arresting eight people in a day-long raid that virtually shut down the tent colony a stone’s throw from the White House. Some scuffles broke out, but stunned members of Occupy DC otherwise put up little resistance as National Park Service…

Russia, China have let Syrians down: Britain

Russia and China’s UN Security Council veto has let the Syrian people down by backing President Bashar al-Assad’s “brutal suppression”, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Saturday. Their action would only encourage further bloodshed, said Hague in a strongly worded statement responding to their veto of a UN Security Council resolution…

Europe cold snap claims 260 lives, causes ferry scare

Hundreds of people were rescued Saturday after a ferry caught in a snow storm hit a breakwater off Italy, as a vicious cold snap that has claimed over 260 lives across Europe tightened its grip. Ukraine has suffered the heaviest toll with 122 deaths, including many who froze to death…

Seven arrested, tents seized as police target Occupy DC

Police in riot gear clamped down on the Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street on Saturday, seizing tents and bedding from the four-month-old tent colony and arresting seven protesters. Stunned members of Occupy DC in McPherson Square, three blocks from the White House, shouted words of anger, but otherwise put…

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