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Poland uneasy with Russian aggression on 75th anniversary of outbreak of WWII

Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine. From the very first German shells fired at a Polish fort in Gdansk in the early…

Drug company admits it concealed debilitating side effects, fatalities from government regulators

The Japanese unit of Swiss pharma giant Novartis (Xetra: 904278 – news) has admitted it did not report more than 2,500 cases of serious side effects in patients using its leukaemia and other cancer drugs, reportedly including some fatalities. The revelations, which marked the latest in a string of scandals…

Knife-wielding man kills three children, wounds five others at elementary school

A knifeman stabbed three children to death and wounded five more plus a teacher in a rampage at a Chinese primary school on Monday, reports said, in the country’s latest attack against youngsters. The attacker killed himself by jumping from a building following the carnage at a school in Shiyan…

Leader of Los Zetas drug cartel arrested near US/Mexico border

A leader of the violent Los Zetas drug cartel has been arrested in the northwestern Mexican state of Tamaulipas bordering the United States, officials said on Sunday. Mario Alberto Arce Moreno, 31, was apprehended by federal and state police, who were able to make the arrest “without firing a single…

Bavarian bakers threaten strike during Oktoberfest, pretzel shortages loom

Bakers in Bavaria are threatening to go on strike during Germany’s famed Oktoberfest over a pay dispute, depriving beer festival-goers of their traditional salty pretzel accompaniment, a report said Sunday. “If we don’t get any further by mid-September, we’ll strike in the bakeries,” Focus news magazine quoted deputy regional president…

Libyan Islamist militiamen take possession of evacuated US embassy

Islamist militiamen have moved in to the American embassy compound in the Libyan capital after it was evacuated last month, an AFP photographer said on Sunday. Members of the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) group said they had gone in to secure the complex of several villas in southern Tripoli to…

Number of dead health workers climbs as Ebola epidemic continues to spread

Nigeria on Sunday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of healthcare workers in West Africa hit by the epidemic. The woman’s husband was also a doctor and died in the city of Port Harcourt on August…

Iceland issues red alert after new eruption on island’s largest volcano

Iceland on Sunday raised the aviation alert at its largest volcano, Bardarbunga, to maximum level red following a new eruption in a lava field nearby. The alert entails a ban on all flights below 6,000 feet (1.8 kilometres) within a radius of 10 nautical miles (18.5 kilometres, 11.5 miles) of…

Protest at controversial dolphin hunt leads to arrest of animal rights activists

Fourteen animal rights activists have been detained on the Faroe island of Sandoy in the North Atlantic while trying to stop a controversial dolphin hunt, their organisation said Sunday. The activists were detained Saturday when attempting to save a pod of 33 pilot whales, members of the dolphin family, as…

Parents of British brain tumor boy to go before Spanish judge

The arrested parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent and found in Spain will appear before a Spanish judge on Tuesday, police said. Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, will appear in a Madrid court following their arrest…

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