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Italian lawmakers to vote on booting Berlusconi after fraud conviction

Italy’s Senate on Tuesday announced it will vote on November 27 on whether to strip former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi of his seat under a law banning convicted criminals from parliament. Ejection from the Senate following his conviction for tax fraud would mean Berlusconi being out of parliament for the…

Hungary orders aluminum company to pay victims for 2010 disaster

A Budapest court ordered the operator of an industrial plant Tuesday to pay compensation over Hungary’s worst environmental disaster when a huge flood of toxic sludge killed 10 people in 2010. The Hungarian Aluminium Production and Trade Company (MAL) has to pay 32 million forints (108,000 euros, $145,000) to a…

Brazil cancels lavish soccer convention as unrest in Rio continues

Organisers on Tuesday called off the Soccerex global football convention in Rio de Janeiro after the state government withdrew support amid ongoing civil unrest, scuppering a meeting of some 4,000 of the sport’s top decision makers. “It is with great disappointment that we must confirm that the final Soccerex Global…

U.N. officials vow: We have not forgotten 840,000 Afghan refugees

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has “not forgotten” the 840,000 Afghan refugees in Iran, an official from the body said on a visit to Tehran on Tuesday. “The whole world is at the moment very much focused on the Syria crisis, it is also important that UNHCR show we…

Lost Jorge Luis Borges recordings resurface in Spain

Hours of forgotten tape recordings of the master Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges have turned up in Spain and may soon be published, his widow and associates said on Tuesday. The recordings contain five hours of lectures given in 1965 by Borges, who was seen as one of the most…

Ireland will put marriage equality on the ballot in 2015

Ireland will stage a referendum on same-sex marriage in 2015, officials said Tuesday, in a move already proving divisive in the historically Catholic nation. Justice Minister Alan Shatter announced that proposals which would amend Ireland’s constitution would be voted on in early 2015. “I am very pleased that in response…

‘WEEEEEEEE’: Internet finds endless entertainment in Fox News website troubles

The website of the Fox News Channel on Tuesday briefly warned of a “World Zombie Day” and encouraged visitors to watch “STUFF YO.” The odd headlines quickly stirred up commotion. Users of the social media outlet Twitter, along with several publications, were quick to question whether the site had been…

Alienating big business: Lack of money for conservative Republicans a trend across the country

A clutch of disparate local elections on Tuesday were threatening to turn conventions on their heads across the US and force a revaluation of a Republican national strategy that has alienated big business. In Virginia, the Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli was heading for defeat at the hands of his…

‘Anonymous’ pledges more cyber attacks against ‘corrupt’ Philippine government

Some 100 masked members of the hacking group Anonymous Philippines marched on parliament Tuesday, denouncing corruption and pledging more cyber attacks, a week after 30 government websites were paralysed. The hackers — wearing Guy Fawkes masks — faced off with dozens of riot police outside the House of Representatives in…

Gandhi’s spinning wheel up for auction in Britain

A spinning wheel used by Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi when he was in prison in the 1920s is up for auction in Britain on Tuesday. Gandhi used the wheel, called a charkha in Hindi, to make his own clothes while he was imprisoned by the British colonial government of…

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