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Mount Everest brawl exposes mountaineering’s deep rifts

A brawl on Mount Everest last weekend that shocked the mountaineering community stems from tension between elite climbers and growing commercial expeditions on the world’s highest peak, experts say. Italy’s Simone Moro and Ueli Steck of Switzerland, two of the world’s top mountaineers, accompanied by top British alpine photographer Jonathan…

Glenn Beck tells the NRA: ‘I will not comply’ with new gun regulations

Clutching the shattered shell of a policeman’s sidearm, conservative guru Glenn Beck warned the National Rifle Association that a tyrannical US government is bent on taking their guns away. More than 70,000 members of the nation’s premier gun rights organization have flocked to Texas for the NRA’s annual meeting, hard…

Saudi Arabia gives girls in private school permission to play sports

Saudi Arabia has given girls at private schools the right to play sport, the education ministry said Sunday, in a step aimed at easing restrictions on women in the ultra-conservative kingdom. The ministry directive published in Saudi newspapers says that private schools for girls have been told to “put into…

Aerosmith cancels Jakarta concert because of safety concerns

US rock band Aerosmith has cancelled a concert scheduled this week in Jakarta on safety concerns, a concert promoter said Sunday, following threats to bomb the Myanmar embassy in the Indonesian capital. “We received the official confirmation yesterday from the Aerosmith management cancelling the May 11 concert in Jakarta over…

Coming out in Cameroon leaves gay people at risk and isolated

When Fabrice was brutally outed by his uncle, the young Cameroonian was immediately evicted from his rented room in the port city of Douala. “I had always managed to hide my homosexuality until the day my uncle beat me up in public,” he said, after seeing Fabrice with his gay…

Israel launches air strikes near Syrian capital

Israeli strikes hit a military target outside Damascus on Sunday, the Jewish state’s second reported raid on Syria in three days, with residents saying the attack felt like an earthquake and turned the sky red. A senior Israeli source said the aerial assault took out Iranian weapons destined for the…

Republicans name witnesses for May 8 Benghazi hearing

Republicans pursue probe of Benghazi attacks, name witnesses for hearing (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington in October 2012. On Saturday, Issa named three witnesses who will appear at a May 8 hearing on…

Study shows kids eat healthier with shared family diet

Sitting down to the same meals as Mum and Dad found to have a bigger impact on health than class or snacking habits Children who eat the same meals as their parents are far more likely to have healthy diets than those who do not, according to research. Eating the…

‘Orb’ wins 139th Kentucky Derby

Orb powered through on the home stretch to win the 139th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first winner in the first leg of the Triple Crown. Joel Rosario piloted Orb to the victory in the $2 million, 1 1/4-mile race on a muddy…

Malaysia prepares for national election after bitter campaign

Malaysians vote Sunday in their first election in history with a change of government at stake, as a decades-old regime battles to hold off a hard-charging opposition pledging sweeping reform. Voting gets under way at 8:00 am (0000 GMT) with tensions high after a bitter campaign in the multi-ethnic country…

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