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‘Twerking’ to be included in next update of Oxford Dictionary

“Twerking”, the raunchy dance that set tongues wagging when enthusiastically performed by Miley Cyrus at the MTV awards, is one of the new terms to make the latest Oxford dictionary update. The former Disney child star, now 20, left audience members gobsmacked when she bent over and gyrated provocatively with…

Broccoli could help prevent arthritis: researchers

Eating plenty of broccoli could help to prevent or slow down the onset of osteoarthritis, researchers said Wednesday. Scientists at the University of East Anglia found that sulforaphane, which is found in broccoli as well as Brussels sprouts and cabbage, delays the destruction of cartilage in joints. Researchers have so…

‘Putin in women’s underwear’ painting seized by Russian police

Russian police said Wednesday they had raided an exhibition and confiscated a painting that portrayed President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lounging together in women’s lingerie. Police said they confiscated four paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin and closed down the exhibition of his work in Russia’s second city…

Cyber attacks hit Twitter and New York Times

Twitter and The New York Times were hit with cyber attacks, with credit quickly claimed by a group backing embattled Syrian strongman Bashar Al-Assad. The Times site remained out of service early Wednesday following the attacks that began Tuesday. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), ironically, used Twitter to tout its…

ACLU seeks to rein in NSA mass surveillance

The National Security Agency’s mass tracking and collection of Americans’ phone call data violates the constitution, has a chilling effect on first amendment rights and should be halted, accord to a court motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday. In a detailed, legal critique of the NSA…

Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity investigated over Facebook pics of drugs and underage girls

One of the largest university fraternities in the US was under a new police investigation on Tuesday after the suspension of a Florida chapter whose students set up a Facebook page allegedly advertising drugs and featuring photographs of topless or semi-nude underage girls. Officials at Florida International University confirmed that…

Obama administration asks court to force New York Times reporter to reveal source

The Obama administration is trying to dissuade federal judges from giving the New York Times reporter James Risen one last chance to avoid having to disclose his source in a criminal trial over the alleged leaking of US state secrets. The Department of Justice has filed a legal argument with…

British prime minister: We’re not considering regime change in Syria

Any action against Syria would be aimed at “degrading” the regime’s alleged chemical weapons’ capability, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday. After announcing that the British parliament would be recalled on Thursday to debate possible action, Cameron described the use of chemical weapons as “morally indefensible”. But any military…

France ‘ready to punish’ Syria over chemical weapons strike

French President Francois Hollande upped the ante on Syria Tuesday, pledging to “punish” the regime over suspected chemical attacks and boost military support for the opposition. “France is ready to punish those who took the vile decision to gas innocent people,” he said in a televised speech, pointing the finger…

Miley Cyrus criticized for appropriating black culture for her own profit

Miley Cyrus’s raunchy performance at the MTV awards has ignited an online firestorm, prompting calls for heads to roll at the station while leaving others wondering: what exactly is twerking? The former Disney child star, now 20, took to the stage at the awards ceremony in New York on Sunday…

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