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Putin signs ban on foreign bank accounts into law

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into a law on Tuesday a ban on top officials and their families holding foreign accounts in a bid to improve a government image left tarnished by a tax scandal and economic slowdown. But the measure is a watered down version of the original bill…

Heat wave threatens Canada’s tulip festival

A heat wave is threatening to take the bloom off one of the world’s largest garden festivals, as more than one million colorful tulips in Canada’s capital began wilting Tuesday. More than 100 heat records were broken across the country, according the weather office, while Ottawa posted a near-record 27…

3 fake nuns caught smuggling cocaine in Colombia

Three women dressed up as nuns were caught at a Colombian airport trying to smuggle cocaine taped to their bodies, police said Tuesday. The women were caught Saturday after arriving on Colombia’s Caribbean island of San Andres on a flight from Bogota. They thought the disguise would spare them from…

Fast food chains have ‘barely improved’ on creating more healthful menus

Study finds major fast food chains have ‘barely improved nutritional quality of menus in 14 years’ despite their promises Fast food restaurants in the US have barely improved the nutritional quality of their meals in 14 years, despite pledgesto offer healthy choices, according to a new study. The global obesity…

CIA requested ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ rewrites, memo reveals

Document shows agency requested removal of interrogation scene with dog, and shots of operatives partying with AK47 A newly declassified CIA document suggests members of the US agency did help to shape the narrative of Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s recent film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. In January…

French company sells scented underwear for men

A company that specialises in “Made in France” underwear has raised nearly 19,000 euros ($25,000) from enthusiastic investors banking on its next titillating creation — sweet-smelling underpants for men. The so-called “Indomitable” briefs will be manufactured by “Le Slip Francais”, a company set up in 2011 by 27-year-old Guillaume Gibault,…

Four UN peacekeepers abducted in the Golan Heights

An armed group on Tuesday abducted four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in the Golan Heights, which has been hit by a mounting spillover from the Syrian civil war, the United Nations said. The four were patrolling near the Al Jamlah locality in the ceasefire zone between Israel and Syria…

Ex-officials arrested for organ trafficking in Kosovo

A former Kosovo health minister and another Pristina official are among eight suspects in a new EU probe into a human organ trafficking case, a local daily reported Tuesday. Last Tuesday, a day after a European Union-led court in Kosovo convicted five doctors of harvesting and selling kidneys at a…

Tanzanian police arrest eight connected to deadly church bombing

Tanzanian police have arrested two more people bringing to eight the number of suspects held following a deadly bombing at a church in which three people died, officials said Tuesday. Four Tanzanians and four Saudis have been arrested in the wake of the bomb, one of the first such incidents…

Azerbaijani first lady pushes parliament for mass prisoner release

The Azerbaijani parliament on Tuesday approved a prisoner amnesty proposed by the country’s glamorous and powerful first lady that will likely see thousands of convicts released. The move — put forward by Mehriban Aliyeva, the influential wife of strongman President Ilham Aliyev — should see some 2,000 prisoners, mainly women,…

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