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Prague sends thousands to Texas blast town in honor of shared Czech heritage

Prague said Wednesday it will send thousands of dollars in funds to West, the small Texan town levelled last week by a factory explosion and whose residents are largely of Czech origin. “The government has approved assistance of four million koruna (150,000 euros, $200,000), on the suggestion of Foreign Minister…

Obama: If daughters get tattoos, Michelle and I will too

US President Barack Obama has a unique strategy for keeping his daughters from getting tattoos: threatening to get the same design, along with his wife, and turning it into a family YouTube moment. “What we’ve said to the girls is: ‘If you guys ever decide that you’re going to get…

Researchers who won a medicine Nobel prize for DNA discovery were also up for chemistry award

The discovery of the DNA double helix 60 years ago proved to be a headache for the Nobel organisation as the feat became nominated for prizes in different categories at the same time, Nature reported on Wednesday. Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins of Britain and James Watson of the United…

Regulators will use handheld scanners to combat fake malaria drugs

US regulators announced a plan Wednesday to test a handheld device that can scan drugs and report within seconds whether they are real or fake, in a bid to help the fight against malaria. Counterfeit and substandard malaria drugs are a key concern in many parts of the world where…

Tina Turner claims Swiss citizenship

Tina Turner, the US-born singer famed for hits such as “Private Dancer” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, has become a Swiss citizen, the Swiss newspaper Blick reported. The 73-year-old retired entertainer, who has lived in Switzerland for nearly two decades, received her red Swiss passport with its…

Robot discovers ancient burial chambers in Mexico

A small robot has discovered three possible burial chambers under a temple in Mexico’s pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, a find that may reveal secrets about funeral rituals in the ancient site. The robot, dubbed Tlaloc II-TC, located the chambers in the last section of a 2,000-year-old tunnel tucked under the…

German police arrest man suspected of being Auschwitz death camp guard

Germany is investigating an alleged former Auschwitz death camp guard, prosecutors said Wednesday, who according to media reports is listed among the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s most-wanted Nazis. Prosecutors in the southwestern city of Stuttgart confirmed to AFP they had “started investigating an alleged concentration camp guard in autumn of 2012″…

Bulgarian soccer fans fined $24,900 for displaying pro-Hitler banners

Top Bulgarian football club Levski Sofia has been fined almost 20,000 euros after fans displayed banners with swastikas and praise of Adolf Hitler during a recent game, the country’s football federation said on Wednesday. “The Bulgarian football union’s disciplinary committee has imposed a fine of 37,500 leva (19,200 euros, $24,900)…

Topless pro-LGBT protesters beat breasts and squirt water at Catholic archbishop

The Catholic Church in Belgium on Wednesday angrily denounced Femen topless protesters who targeted its primate at a conference though the archbishop himself remained composed and apparently at prayer throughout. The four protesters leapt out of their seats at a debate on blasphemy and freedom of expression held at the…

Dutch chemical trader ordered to pay victims of Saddam Hussein’s gas attacks

A Dutch businessman who sold Iraq’s former regime chemicals that were used in deadly gas attacks against Kurds in Iraq and in Iran was ordered on Wednesday to pay 400,000 euros ($520,000) in compensation to some of the victims. The court ruled that Frans van Anraat must pay 25,000 euros…

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