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In Nicaragua, iguanas are delicacies and aphrodisiacs

Catholics tired of fish on Friday can enjoy a Lent-friendly smorgasbord in Nicaragua, where soups made with iguana or armadillo are served with a healthy portion of bull testicles. The delicacies violate local laws against eating such species during their breeding period, but are seen as a meat-free dish in…

Obama: discarded assault weapons ban ‘shouldn’t be controversial’

President uses weekly address to call for consideration of ‘common sense’ measures excluded from gun control bill President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to vote over a ban on controversial military-style assault weapons and restrictions on ammunition, despite widespread predictions that such a vote would fail. Ever since the…

Baghdad inaugurated as ‘Arab Capital of Culture’ for 2013

Baghdad was inaugurated as the 2013 Arab Capital of Culture on Saturday, the latest in a series of steps which officials hope will put Iraq back on the map after decades of conflict. The ceremony marking the event was held under a massive tent in the Iraqi capital’s Zawraa Park,…

Governor of Chinua Achebe’s home state in Nigeria demands he be buried there

The home state of Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, the “father of modern African literature” who died this week in the United States, wants him to be buried in his native community, an official said Saturday. The family of Achebe, who had an uneasy relationship with his home country, has not…

Entrepreneurs crowdsource traffic tips to help drivers out of jams in newly car-dense cities

If you own a mobile phone and spend sunup to sundown watching the traffic pass in Ghana’s capital, then Iddrisu Mohammed wants you to be his spy. With an iPad in his hands and two phones in his pants pockets, Mohammed crisscrosses Accra on foot, looking for people to become…

My Chemical Romance announced split after 12 years making music

US alternative rock band My Chemical Romance have split up after 12 years together, the group confirmed on their website Saturday. The band was founded in New Jersey in 2001, comprising members Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way and Frank Iero. “Being in this band for the past 12 years…

Depositors at Cyprus’ largest bank await the fate of the money in their accounts

Big depositors in Bank of Cyprus, the island’s largest lender, anxiously awaited the outcome of last-ditch talks between the government and eurozone officials on Saturday on the scale of the hit they will take. Savers in number two lender Popular Bank, or Laiki, already saw legislation passed on Saturday to…

Reports indicate CIA helping Syria rebels obtain arms and intelligence

The US Central Intelligence Agency has been feeding information to select rebel fighters in Syria to try to make them more effective against government troops, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. Citing unnamed current and former US officials, the newspaper said the new CIA effort reflected a change in the…

New York theatre serves up old movies, gourmet fare and new profit streams for troubled industry

There’s popcorn and movies, there’s the infamous frozen TV dinner, and then, in one corner of New York, there’s getting a top chef to feed you delicacies that echo the story unfolding on the big screen. Old fashioned junk food won’t cut the moviegoer’s mustard in the hipster hotbed of…

Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky confirmed dead in London at age 67

In the wild world of Russian oligarchs, Boris Berezovsky was among the wildest, gloating over the semi-legal schemes that made him a billionaire in the 1990s and vowing to overthrow the Kremlin from exile in London. Berezovsky’s career traced the arc of Russian society from the dawn of free enterprise…

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