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NFL coach’s heart surgery sheds spotlight on stressful job

Stress upon National Football League coaches became the major topic in American sports after two of them collapsed last weekend, one undergoing heart surgery on Monday and the other still in hospital. Denver Broncos coach John Fox underwent aortic valve surgery after collapsing on Saturday on a golf course as…

Iranian political prisoners go on hunger strike over medical care

Several Iranian political prisoners have gone on hunger strike in protest at being denied proper medical care in jail, international rights groups said in a statement Monday. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DRRC) and League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran…

Faroe Islands launch fish fight with European Union over sanctions

The Faroe Islands Monday fired the first shot in what looks set to be an all-out trade battle at the World Trade Organization over EU trade sanctions on its fish. The WTO said that the northern Atlantic territory, located between Norway and Iceland, had made a formal request for consultations…

Swiss firm accused of laundering scheme involving pillaged gold

Activists claimed on Monday that a Swiss company laundered gold ore pillaged by an illegal armed group from conflict-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Argor-Heraeus is believed to have refined almost three tons of gold ore pillaged from the country between 2004 and 2005, according to Track Impunity Always, or TRIAL,…

New Marilyn Monroe recording to be used for perfume ad

The voice of Marilyn Monroe will feature in a new television ad for Chanel No. 5 after previously unheard audio was unearthed of the screen siren confirming she wore only the iconic perfume to bed. The recording, from an interview given to Marie Claire journalist Georges Belmont in 1960, was…

Toddler accidentally shoots father in Walmart parking lot

The Russellville Police Department is investigating the accidental shooting of a man in a Walmart parking lot on Saturday. According to Public Information Officer Drew Latch, police responded to a call in the Arkansas Walmart parking lot at 11:04 a.m. on Saturday. When officers arrived, they found a man, identified…

Greek PM vows ‘relentless’ action after escalating political violence

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras promised “relentless” action against political violence Monday, amid fears of score-settling after the murders of an anti-fascist musician and two members of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. “We will not let democracy succumb to criminal violence under any circumstances,” Samaras told Mega television channel in an…

Singapore boosts cyber defenses after ‘Anonymous’ threatens ‘to go to war with you’

The Singapore government said Monday it was on “heightened vigilance” following threats from the activist hackers’ group Anonymous, but denied that any of its websites had already been compromised. The statement by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) came as Singapore’s biggest publisher confirmed users were having difficulty accessing some of…

Katy Perry is the new queen of Twitter

Pop star Katy Perry has overtaken Justin Bieber as the most followed person on Twitter. The latest figures Monday showed 46,534,966 followers for the singer best known for hit songs such as “Teenage Dream,” California Gurls,” and “I Kissed a Girl.” That overtook the number of followers of the Canadian…

Mystery surrounds discovery of art trove stolen by Nazis

The discovery in a rubbish-strewn flat in Germany of nearly 1,500 paintings including works by Picasso and Matisse looted by the Nazis sparked urgent calls Monday to hunt for their rightful owners. The shock find, valued at an estimated one billion euros ($1.3 billion dollars), was reported Sunday by news…

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