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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…

Ukrainian rebels prepare for renewed offensive as EU threatens Russia with sanctions

Pro-Russian separatists were preparing a fresh offensive on a key coastal location in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, as EU leaders gave Moscow one week to curb its support for the rebels or face new sanctions. A ragtag mix of volunteer battalions and local residents were bracing for a desperate defence…

Game-changing heart failure prevention drug to hit US market in 2015

An experimental drug from Swiss pharma giant Novartis (Xetra: 904278 – news) reduced deaths from chronic heart failure by 20 percent compared with an existing treatment, according to the results of a vast new study. The new drug, called LCZ696, has been labelled a potential “blockbuster” with sales in the…

US extends offensive against Islamic State militants and Al-Qaeda using Twitter, Facebook

The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm. Diplomats and experts are the first to admit that the digital blitz being waged on…

Liberia bans sailors from disembarking from ships at seaports due to Ebola fears

Liberia on Saturday said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country’s four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. Sailors on commercial ships can normally ask for a “shore pass” allowing them to get off the vessel and access…

With airline seating space decreasing, ‘legroom wars’ are increasing

To recline or not to recline? Airplane “legroom wars” are prompting growing rage in the United States, with two recent seat battles sparking a heated debate about the knee-bumping practice. Amid the furor, one thing everyone seems to agree on is that space on passenger planes is getting scarcer and…

Kidnapped child with brain tumor found in Spain with his parents

Ashya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent, has been found in Spain with his parents, who have been arrested, Spanish police said. “Ashya King was found in a hotel 3 km from de Velez Malaga (southern Spain) and was…

Dozens of Yazidi women ‘sold into marriage’ by ISIS: NGO

Several dozen Yazidi women kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriage to militants, a monitoring group said Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based NGO, said it had confirmed that at least 27 Yazidi women had…

Al Pacino on performing with cats in Venice

Al Pacino may be one of the greatest actors of all time, but he confessed Saturday that he was helped in his latest films by performing alongside a cat and throwing his acting skills out of the window. Sporting a pair of reflective sunglasses, a spiky haircut and a cheeky…

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