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Hunger-striking jailed Pussy Riot member moved to hospital

Jailed hunger-striking Pussy Riot punk band member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is refusing food in protest over what she has called murder threats and “slave labour conditions,” was on Sunday moved to a hospital, an official said. An officer on duty at the hospital No 21 in the village of Barashevo…

Police charge ‘ambush marketer for escort website’ for intruding on Berlin marathon

Police have charged a man with trespassing at Sunday’s Berlin marathon after breaking the finish-tape ahead of winner and new world-record holder Wilson Kipsang. As Kenya’s Kipsang, 31, approached the finish in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, for a new world record of 2 hrs 3 mins and 23…

Dallas County Police to execute warrants in 15-ton-vehicle capable of withstanding ‘nuclear environment’

Earlier this month, Dallas County sheriff’s deputies drove to Fort Hood to pick up their department’s new purchase: a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored personnel carrier. The particular MRAP purchased by the Dallas County sheriff’s office has never been deployed in an actual combat zone, but in a memo deputies…

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul on SNL: ‘Because there wasn’t Obamacare, he started cooking meth.’

The cold open of last night’s Saturday Night Live featured “President Obama speaking in support of the Affordable Care Act.” The skit consisted of the president bringing “ordinary Americans” onstage to tell the crowd how Obamacare will effect their lives. The first speaker, a woman, said that she’s “psyched for…

Algae farm-in-a-balloon could silence algae biofuel naysayers

A company called Proterro has come up with a super low cost way to squeeze sucrose out of algae, and if their new pilot scale facility shakes out successfully don’t be surprised to hear the sound of garment rending and teeth gnashing from the algae…  …

Black models charge fashion industry with ‘racism’ as Paris designers defend selections

Paris fashion this week tiptoed around the scarcity of black models on the catwalk with reaction reflecting the growing controversy surrounding the issue highlighted by models Naomi Campbell and Iman. Designers told AFP their only concern was to find models who embodied the spirit of their creations irrespective of skin…

Saudi Arabian cleric says driving hurts women’s ovaries

A Saudi cleric sparked a wave of mockery online when he warned women that driving would affect their ovaries and bring “clinical disorders” upon their children. The warning came ahead of an October 26 initiative to defy a longstanding driving ban on women in the ultra-conservative kingdom. “Physiological science” has…

Bridget Jones a widowed mother-of-two in new book

The world’s most prominent literary singleton Bridget Jones is now a widow bringing up two children alone, according to extracts of a new book of her exploits released on Sunday. Fifteen years after the last novel in her saga, it turns out unlucky-in-love Bridget married Mark Darcy and had two…

Chimpanzees clobber humans in complex memory tests: study

Tetsuro Matsuzawa begins his working day, conventionally enough, in front of a computer. He taps in a few commands, takes a seat and waits. Within minutes, the calm of his basement laboratory is pierced by the sound of excitable primates. On cue, two chimpanzees appear through an opening in the…

‘At least 28 dead’ in Nigeria college shooting

An attack Sunday by Boko Haram Islamists who opened fire on students while they were sleeping in a college dormitory has killed at least 28 people, a hospital source told AFP. “We have so far received 28 bodies. We have been asked to expect more,” said the official at the…

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