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Oxfam warns: Austerity threatening to impoverish 25 million more Europeans

Up to 25 million more Europeans are at risk of sinking into poverty by 2025 if governments push on with austerity measures, international aid agency Oxfam warned Wednesday, calling such policies “moral and economic nonsense”. “Europe’s handling of the economic crisis threatens to roll-back decades of social rights,” said Natalia…

Donald Trump eyeing ‘building swap’ for FBI headquarters

Flamboyant New York property developer and reality TV star Donald Trump is casting his eye on what some Washingtonians consider an architectural eyesore in the US capital — FBI headquarters. He told The Washington Post in an interview posted online Wednesday that he might take an opportunity to acquire the…

Jailed American in Iran says he’s being held for a prisoner swap

A US citizen jailed in Iran said in a letter released Wednesday that his captors were keeping him in harsh conditions in hopes of obtaining a prisoner swap. Amir Mirzai Hekmati, a former Marine who holds dual citizenship, said he was kept in “miserable prison conditions” with “prolonged periods of…

Iran’s new U.N. nuclear envoy gets harsh reception

Western envoys gave Iran’s new ambassador to the UN atomic agency a frosty welcome Wednesday, saying Tehran’s new government should waste no time proving to the world it does not want the bomb. Speaking at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors, US envoy Joseph Macmanus…

Missouri lawmakers pushing to nullify federal machine gun ban

Republican lawmakers in Missouri vow to overturn a gubernatorial veto and enact a law that will both nullify the federal ban on owning machine guns and make it illegal for federal authorities to try to enforce it. “This bill doesn’t put one new gun on the street,” state House Bill…

Israel’s Supreme Court upholds ban on Polish aid worker

Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a decision to bar entry to the Jewish state to a Polish humanitarian worker for having unspecified links to “terrorist elements.” Although Kamil Qandil had a valid visa when he landed at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv on September 2, he was refused…

Red Cross chief: Syria needs humanitarian aid, not just military threats

Red Cross chief Peter Maurer on Wednesday urged the international community to do as much to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria as it is doing to fight the chemical weapons threat in the country. “As much as we appreciate the whole political power and energy going into the really…

Ex-supermodel opens help center for female genital mutilation victims

Somali-born activist and former supermodel Waris Dirie on Wednesday opens a centre in Germany to treat victims of female genital mutilation, which she was subjected to as a child. About 8,000 young girls are circumcised every day in Africa and the Middle East, and the Desert Flower Medical Center, located…

South African arrested in Paris for rocking out with his coq out

An eccentric South African artist has been charged with sexual exhibitionism after a street performance in central Paris in which he tied a rooster to his penis. Steve Cohen was arrested on Tuesday on a busy public square a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower. Sporting platform shoes, dressed up…

New genetic test could identify aggressive prostate cancers

A new test — looking at three genes — could predict which prostate cancers will turn aggressive, helping avoid invasive treatments for those that will grow more slowly, a study out Wednesday said. Used alongside existing tests, the analysis will help doctors determine whether treatment is needed or if “active…

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