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Prosecutors drop bigamy charges against Nelson Mandela’s grandson

South Africa’s state prosecutor said Tuesday that charges of grave tampering and bigamy have been dropped against Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, who had been embroiled in a bitter family feud. In July, Mandla Mandela was charged with tampering with the graves of some of his famous grandfather’s children, after exhuming…

Not a belieber: Mexico says Justin Bieber lied about meeting President Nieto

Sorry Justin Bieber, Mexico’s president is apparently not a belieber. The Canadian pop star’s controversy-filled tour of Latin America took a new twist in Mexico after Bieber’s claim that he met with President Enrique Pena Nieto was swiftly denied by the government. Before a Mexico City show late Monday, Bieber,…

Tesla Motors seeks to annihilate ‘false perception’ about fire risk of electric cars

A US government agency said Tuesday it was investigating fires in Tesla electric vehicles, as the company ordered modifications aimed at reducing what it called a negligible risk. The move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came after Tesla requested such a probe, saying it wanted to quash any…

Amsterdam offers chronic alcoholics free beer if they clean up the streets

At nine o’clock in the morning in a garden shed behind a house in Amsterdam, a handful of alcoholics are getting ready to clean the surrounding streets, beer and cigarette in hand. For a day’s work, the men receive 10 euros (around $13), a half-packet of rolling tobacco and, most…

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ over lacking climate action

United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday he was ‘deeply concerned’ that countries were not doing enough to limit global warming. “I am deeply concerned that the scale of our action is still insufficient to limit the global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius (3.6 deg Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial…

Day care adds Ritz Crackers to kids’ lunches to make them more balanced

A mom in Canada said she was surprised that her children were sent home from day care with a note saying the lunch she’d packed for them was unbalanced. Kristen Bartkiw said she’d packed homemade roast beef, potatoes and carrots for her 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, along with an…

Tests show actress Brittany Murphy may have died from rat poison

Father commissions reports after 2009 death of troubled 8 Mile actor initially ruled as caused by pneumonia A toxicology report commissioned by Brittany Murphy’s father has suggested that the 8 Mile actor did not die from natural causes, as was previously thought. After Murphy’s death at the age of 32…

Obama to ask Senate to postpone Iran sanctions

President Barack Obama will personally urge powerful US senators Tuesday to hold off on imposing more sanctions on Iran, to allow high stakes nuclear talks to succeed. Obama will meet leading members of key Senate committees on the eve of the next round of talks between world powers and Iran…

Rare oolong could fetch $129,000 at Hong Kong’s first tea auction

Rare teas more than half a century old will take centre stage at Hong Kong’s first tea auction, with a prized narcissus oolong variety expected to fetch HK$1 million ($129,000), organisers said Tuesday. More than 40 lots of vintage tea leaves from private collectors in mainland China, Hong Kong and…

Kenya’s Westgate mall attackers spent four month’s planning in Nairobi

All four gunmen who attacked Kenya’s Westgate mall trained in Somalia before crossing into Kenya four months before the September massacre in which they also died, a Western official said Tuesday. crowded complex, firing from the hip and hurling grenades at shoppers and staff. Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab claimed the attack,…

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