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Animal rights groups slam fox hunting organization after horse dies on first day of meet

LONDON — Animal rights campaigners slammed Grand National organisers after a horse died on the first day of the meeting at Aintree on Thursday. The world famous National will be staged on Saturday, with the welfare of the horses firmly on the agenda after Battlefront became the 23rd horse to…

Tate Gallery pulls images from website after artist convicted of pedophilia

Britain’s prestigious Tate Gallery on Thursday removed dozens of images from its website, some showing naked young girls, after their creator, renowned artist Graham Ovenden, was convicted of child sexual offences. Ovenden, 70, was convicted on Tuesday of six charges of indecency with a child and one count of indecent…

Pope Francis doubles @pontifex’s Twitter following

Pope Francis’s online flock has doubled from 2.5 million to 5.0 million Twitter followers in just seven weeks — nearly half the time it took his predecessor Benedict XVI to build up his following. The account @pontifex — the word “pope” in Latin — has tweets in nine languages including…

Egypt’s navy ‘intercepts arms-laden ship from Israel’

Egypt’s navy on Thursday seized a weapons-laden ship and detained its crew who had set off from the Israeli port of Eilat en route to the African country of Togo, security officials said. Officials said the navy intercepted the ship, “which was flying the flag of an African country,” after…

Italian priest arrested for 4 million-euro fraud on Vatican-linked hospital

Italian police on Thursday arrested a priest accused of defrauding a Vatican-linked hospital in Rome that he managed of four million euros ($5.1 million), part of which he used to buy an 18-room villa in Tuscany set on 23 hectares of land. Father Franco Decaminada, a friar who took vows…

Pressure builds on Hollande over secret bank account registered in the Cayman Islands

Pressure was building on French President Francois Hollande on Thursday over a disgraced ex-minister’s secret foreign bank account, as it emerged that his one-time campaign treasurer was a partner in companies registered in the Cayman Islands. With Hollande away in Morocco on a state visit, calls grew at home for…

Femen activists stage topless protests across Europe in support of Arab women’s rights

Bare-breasted activists staged rallies in front of mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe Thursday against what they called an Islamist crackdown on Arab women’s rights. Protesters from the Ukrainian women’s power group Femen held “International Topless Jihad Day” in capitals such as Berlin, Kiev and Paris and painted their torsos…

Hillary Clinton to pen ‘ultimate book’ on world affairs

Hillary Clinton, whose every move is being scrutinized for signs that she might make a 2016 presidential run, announced Thursday she’s penning a book outlining her views on the United States’ role in the world. The ex-secretary of state’s first book since leaving office will be published by Simon &…

Hackers attack North Korea news website

Activist hackers appeared Thursday to have infiltrated North Korea’s official news website and its accompanying Twitter and Flickr feeds, posting unflattering images of leader Kim Jong-Un. The China-based website of Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the North’s state media, was inaccessible and its companion feeds attacked and defaced.…

Study ties baldness to heart disease

This only applied to men who have hair loss from the top and in front of their heads. Those with a receding hairline are reportedly not affected.  …

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