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Police put on high alert across U.S. after Boston Marathon attack

US police departments from New York to Los Angeles boosted security and were on heightened alert Monday after a double blast killed at least two people and injured 23 others at the Boston marathon. While there is yet no official word on whether the explosions were an act of terrorism,…

London Marathon to go ahead despite Boston bombing

Race organisers said the London Marathon would go ahead on Sunday despite the death of at least two people in explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, but police said they would review security plans. While it has yet to be confirmed that the Boston explosions on Monday…

Obama: Those responsible for Boston Marathon bombing ‘will feel the full weight of justice’

President Barack Obama held a press conference on Monday afternoon after two bomb exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. “We don’t know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts,” he said. “But make no mistake, we will…

George Orwell’s birthplace in India to become Gandhi memorial

The long-neglected birthplace of British novelist George Orwell in eastern India is to be developed into a memorial — just not one dedicated to the writer, officials said Monday. Instead, the land attached to Orwell’s house in Bihar’s Motihari city will be developed in memory of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi,…

British racing driver Stirling Moss doubts women have ‘the mental aptitude to race hard’

British racing legend Stirling Moss does not believe that women are mentally tough enough to compete in Formula One, despite the presence of female test drivers and team principals. “I think they have the strength but I don’t know if they’ve got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel,” Moss…

Tunisian activist Amina Tyler to stage topless protest before leaving the country

A Tunisian activist who sparked controversy by posting topless pictures of herself online in support of Arab women’s rights vowed on Monday to bare her breasts in protest, after being held captive by her family and beaten. The young woman, Amina Tyler, was speaking on Skype to Ukrainian women’s power…

Russian toddler infected with HIV during blood transfusion

Doctors in Russia accidentally infected a 16-month-old girl with HIV during a blood transfusion, investigators said Monday, opening a criminal probe into the case. The toddler was given blood from an HIV-infected donor at the Number 5 children’s hospital in Saint Petersburg, the city’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.…

Actor Hugh Jackman chased by woman with an electric razor

Australian actor Hugh Jackman has vowed to “do anything” to protect his family, after US police arrested an alleged stalker who chased him into a New York gym with an electric razor. The star was outside the gym on Saturday morning when the 47-year-old woman approached him, a New York…

North Korea promises to attack South without warning

North Korea’s military Tuesday issued an “ultimatum” saying it would attack without warning if anti-North Korean activities continued in the South. The warning came after protestors in Seoul on Monday burned portraits of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-Sung, his son Kim Jong-Il and grandson and current leader Kim Jong-Un. The…

Most undocumented immigrants want to be integrated into American society

A poll released Monday has found that 87 percent of undocumented immigrants in the United States want to become citizens and have deep roots in US society. The poll, conducted by the firm Latino Decisions, comes as the US Congress readies to debate an immigration reform bill that would offer…

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