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Heavy metal group Lamb of God banned from Malaysia

Muslim-majority Malaysia has pulled the plug on a planned concert by US heavy metal group Lamb of God after Islamic authorities declared the band’s music religiously offensive. The decision late Wednesday to deny permission for a scheduled September 28 show in the capital Kuala Lumpur prompted a retort by the…

Locals confused as dead whale shark washes ashore near Philippine capital

A dead young whale shark has washed ashore in Manila Bay near the Philippine capital, far from the endangered giant fish’s traditional feeding grounds, fishermen and a wildlife official said Thursday. The five-metre (17-foot) corpse took locals by surprise in Tanza, a fishing district near the mouth of the bay,…

U.S. Navy: Cost of strikes against Syria ‘nagging’ but not ‘extraordinary’

The cost of possible military strikes against Syria would not be “extraordinary,” the US Navy chief said Thursday, downplaying the potential price tag of the operation. Admiral Jonathan Greenert’s comments appeared to confirm a rough estimate from Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Wednesday, who told lawmakers the punitive strikes would…

Analysts surprised as jobless claims fall

Americans filed fewer claims for unemployment benefits last week as the pace of layoffs continued to slacken, government data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims totaled 323,000 in the week ending August 31, a decline of 9,000 from the prior week’s revised reading of 332,000, the Labor Department said. The…

WATCH: Libertarian state senate candidate gets arrested in Philadelphia at pro-marijuana rally

A Libertarian candidate for the New Jersey Senate got himself arrested at a pro-marijuana rally in Philadelphia over the weekend. Don DeZarn, 46, was arrested for the second time in four months for marijuana possession on Saturday at the monthly SmokeDown Prohibition demonstration. After encouraging the participants of the rally…

Original sponsor of Florida’s stand your ground law ‘puzzled’ by rulings

The original sponsor of Florida’s controversial stand your ground law is cautious about altering the self-defense statute, even though he admits it has led to some puzzling rulings. Speaking with reporters before a meeting of the Capital City Republican Club in Tallahassee on Wednesday, state Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) said…

Pope Francis quietly removes Vatican envoy to the Dominican Republic after accusation of child prostitution surface

Pope Francis came under fire from victims groups on Thursday following news that he had quietly sacked the Vatican’s envoy to the Dominican Republic over allegations of paedophilia. “Like all of his predecessors, Pope Francis is acting belatedly, secretively and recklessly,” said Barbara Dorris, outreach director for the US-based Survivors…

India holyman castrates himself in apparent protest over his guru’s arrest on rape charges

An Indian holyman castrated himself in an apparent protest against the arrest of a popular spiritual leader on sex charges, police said Thursday. Baba Premdas, 60, was found bleeding late Wednesday in northern Uttar Pradesh state after severing his genitals in what reports said was a protest at last week’s…

Egypt’s Interior Minister survives assassination effort that injures 7 others

Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim on Thursday survived a bomb attack on his convoy, warning shortly afterwards the country faced a “wave of terrorism” amid a sweeping police crackdown on Islamists. Security officials said a car bomb struck the minister’s convoy around 10:30 am (0830 GMT) near his home in…

Australian billionaire: Rupert Murdoch discovered wife Wendi Deng was a Chinese spy so he ‘got rid of her’

Flamboyant Australian billionaire Clive Palmer on Thursday said he plans to sue Rupert Murdoch over unflattering allegations and claimed the media mogul’s estranged wife is a Chinese spy. Palmer, best known for building a replica of the Titanic and who is running for election in Australia on Saturday, seethed over…

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