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Typhoon Haiyan’s force illustrates the rising power of tropical storms

Haiyan may be strongest ever to hit land so far but as the oceans warm the power of storms is rising When typhoon Haiyan – known in the Philippines as Yolanda – pounded into the islands of Samar and Leyte at 4.40am after picking up speed on a 900-mile track…

At least 15 injured in explosion at Paris musical rehearsal

Around 15 people were injured on Friday, five of them seriously, in an accidental explosion during rehearsals for a Paris musical, just hours before the show was due to start, police sources and an employee said. The blast occurred near the stage shortly after 6:00 pm, apparently after a pyrotechnic…

Venezuela finds remains of Italian fashion heir’s wife killed in January plane crash

Authorities have identified the remains of the wife of Italian fashion heir Vittorio Missoni along with those of the pilot and co-pilot of a plane that crashed in the Caribbean, an official said Friday. On January 4, then aircraft carrying the scion, his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, another Italian couple and…

Rio begins 1,000-day countdown to Olympics with a blast

Rio marked 1000 days to the 2016 Olympics by starting the impending countdown with a blast, dynamiting the entrance to a tunnel to the new Transolimpica expressway which will link the city centre with future Games sites. Organising Committee president Carlos Arthur Nuzman and Rio governor Sergio Cabral were on…

Lawsuit against New Jersey gay ‘conversion’ therapy ban dismissed

Judge dismisses lawsuit against N.J. gay-to-straight conversion therapy ban (via NJ.com) A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legality of New Jersey’s newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors, saying the law does not violate anyone’s freedom of speech or religion. Days after Gov. Chris Christie……

Twitter stock falls 7 percent after big Wall Street debut

Twitter shares retreated Friday a day after a sizzling debut on Wall Street, as some of the frenzy about the popular messaging service faded. The stock slipped 7.24 percent to close at $41.64 — a day after a stunning gain of 72.69 percent on its first day of trading on…

U.S. accuses Suriname president’s son of working with Hezbollah

The United States charged the son of Suriname President Desi Bouterse on Friday with attempting to supply weapons to Hezbollah and allow its fighters a base to attack American targets. Dino Bouterse, extradited from Panama to the US in August, already faces charges of plotting to import 22 pounds (10…

European Union will not remove trade chief caught in tax-fraud case

The European Commission Friday ruled out relieving its trade chief of his responsibilities amid vital negotiations on a deal with the United States, as Belgium took Karel De Gucht to court on tax-fraud charges. The EU executive said it was treating news of De Gucht’s scheduled court appearance on November…

NYC mayor de Blasio turned into Nativity figurine in Italy

The newly-elected mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, is now a figurine for Christmas Nativity scenes in Naples thanks to artisans in the homeland of the politician’s Italian grandfather. The terracotta statuette shows the new mayor — who has spoken proudly of his Italian heritage — smiling and waving…

Frozen yogurt magnate convicted in brutal tire-iron attack of homeless man

On Friday, a Los Angeles jury found Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee guilty of assault with a deadly weapon in the beating of a homeless man. Lee was convicted of beating a transient near the Vermont exit of the 101 Freeway after the man approached Lee asking for money. The prosecution…

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