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A dirty job in Mexico City: sewer diver

Deep below the streets of Mexico City, Julio Cesar Cu is hard at work swimming in dark sewer waters in a diving helmet and dry suit, surrounded by rats, feces and condoms. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. For the past 30 years, the 53-year-old has…

Iran’s foreign minister condemns Holocaust: ‘We condemn the massacre of Jews by the Nazis, and we condemn the massacre of Palestinians by the Zionists’

Iran’s foreign minister said on Facebook that Tehran condemns the World War II Nazi massacre of the Jews, in stark contract to Holocaust denials by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “We condemn the massacre of Jews by the Nazis, and we condemn the massacre of Palestinians by the Zionists,” Mohammad Javad…

Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki retiring from feature-length movies

Japanese Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki said Friday he was retiring from feature-length movies because he could no longer maintain the pace — but would still go into work every day apart from Saturday. The acclaimed 72-year-old director said he had become too old for the kind of craftmanship and physical…

Dutch state liable for 1995 Bosnian Muslim deaths at Srebrenica: court

The Dutch state is liable for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslims who were expelled from a UN compound at Srebrenica in 1995, the supreme court ruled Friday. “The (appeals) court decision is upheld,” Judge Floris Bakels said as relatives of the victims broke down in tears and hugged each…

British Somalis dread ban of ‘herbal high’ khat

When Britain bans the herbal stimulant khat, Mohamod Ahmed Mohamed will lose his livelihood. But he fears most for his small Somali community without the leaf that fuels its social life. “I can switch to another business but what about the youth, where are they going to go — the…

Cooking with balls: Serbia honors animal testicles

A delicacy for medieval monarchs, a plate for the poorest and a treat for Tito, animal testicles, with a pinch of humour, are back on the menu, at least at one Serbian food festival. A visitor needs no road signs to reach the tiny central village of Lunjevica, population 500.…

Australian PM Kevin Rudd heads for election wipe-out

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd vowed Friday to fight to the end despite polls showing him heading for an election wipe-out as rival Tony Abbott looked forward to getting straight to work. A Galaxy survey in the Sydney Daily Telegraph, a day before voters cast their ballots, found Rudd had…

Russia sends warship with ‘special cargo’ to Syria

A Russian warship carrying “special cargo” will be dispatched toward Syria, a navy source said on Friday, as the Kremlin beefs up its presence in the region ahead of possible US strikes against the Damascus regime. The large landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov will on Friday leave the Ukrainian port city…

Iran reportedly pushing for revenge strikes if U.S. attacks Syria

The leader of a paramilitary arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has allegedly ordered militia groups in Iraq to strike U.S. interests in the event of an American military incursion into Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported. The message from Qasem Soleimani, head of the Qods Force, as the unit is…

Spanish festival encourages men to behead dead geese

Young men ripped the heads off dead geese in an ancient folk festival in northern Spain on Thursday, clutching onto them as they dangled from a high wire until the birds’ necks went snap. On the annual Day of the Geese in the small Basque town of Lekeitio, about 20…

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