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Guantánamo hunger strikers subjected to harsh new method of force feeding

Lawyers for inmates say humiliating body searches instituted for prisoners who wish to talk to their representatives Hunger-strikers being force fed at Guantánamo Bay are shackled to a chair, fitted with a mask and have tubes inserted through their nose and into their stomachs for up to two hours at…

Montreal police find painkiller ’40 times stronger than heroin’ on black market

Montreal police said Monday they found a Can$3 million (US$3 million) drug stash that included their first ever black market discovery of a synthetic drug that is “40 times stronger than heroin.” Authorities seized more than 300,000 tablets of the illegally-produced synthetic prescription drug desmethyl fentanyl, as well as marijuana,…

Video captures drunk man charging at wild elephant

Video footage of an inebriated tourist lunging out of his car and charging a wild elephant at South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park caused an uproar on Monday. The footage, posted on wildlife site Latest Sightings (www.latestsightings.com), showed the unidentified man charging towards the startled animal. With friends cheering and…

O.J. Simpson appears in Las Vegas court to appeal robbery charge

O.J. Simpson appeared in a Las Vegas court Monday, hoping to be retried for a September 2007 casino hotel robbery on grounds that his longtime lawyer had botched his defense. Dressed in a blue prison outfit, the 65-year-old former American football star and actor — famously acquitted for the 1994…

Dutch researchers estimate age and gender of Twitter users based on content shared

Researchers at a Dutch university have developed an online programme that is able give the age and gender of users purely based on the content they post on the social network Twitter. Based on data from almost 3,000 Twitter users who “tweet” messages in 140 characters or less, researchers at…

Catholics see rise in numbers in Asia and Africa

The number of Catholic priests and believers in the world is on the rise, a Vatican report showed on Monday, with gains in Africa and Asia offsetting a slump in Europe and the Americas. The world’s Catholics rose from 1.196 billion to 1.214 billion between 2010 and 2011, an increase…

Hundreds of Bangladesh textile plants shut indefinitely

Hundreds of factories which form the hub of Bangladesh’s garment industry are to close indefinitely after worker unrest sparked by the death of more than 1,100 colleagues, employees announced Monday. As the search for bodies from last month’s collapse of a factory complex wrapped up, the textile industry’s main trade…

Authorities arrest 2 in connection to death of Malcolm X grandson

Authorities have arrested two people in connection with the beating death of the grandson of late US civil rights activist Malcolm X in Mexico City, an official said Monday. Malcolm Shabazz, 29, was found laying on the ground in front of a bar on Thursday and died later in a…

Myanmar president to visit U.S. for first time nearly 50 years

Myanmar’s president will soon make the first state visit to the United States by a leader of the former pariah nation in almost half a century, state television announced Monday. It did not say exactly when former general Thein Sein — whose quasi-civilian government has won international plaudits for its…

Hungarian man drove to hospital holding his sawn-off arm

VIENNA — A Hungarian man who sawed off one of his arms by accident below the elbow managed to drive 15 kilometres (10 miles) to hospital in Austria clutching the severed limb, police said Sunday. The 37-year-old somehow succeeded in fishing the arm out of the machinery that had sliced…

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