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Jordan charges students with ‘devil worship’

A Jordanian military prosecutor on Wednesday charged five university students with incitement for allegedly desecrating the Koran and engaging in “devil worship.” “A state security court prosecutor charged the five students today with doctrinal and sectarian incitement,” a court official told AFP without elaborating. The students face up to three…

Bangladesh widens crackdown on ‘blasphemous’ atheist bloggers

Bangladesh has widened a crackdown on allegedly blasphemous blogs after a threat by Islamic groups to march to the capital demanding the prosecution of atheist bloggers, an official said Wednesday. The telecommunications regulator ordered two leading Internet sites to remove hundreds of posts by seven bloggers whose writings it said…

India celebrates Holi –festival of colors

From soldiers in the north to teenagers in the south, Indians of all hues threw water-filled balloons and smeared coloured powder on each other to celebrate the festival of Holi on Wednesday. The revelry began in the early hours with children engaging in water fights, using plastic guns and balloons…

George W. Bush the costliest former U.S. President at $1.3 million a year

George W. Bush is costing taxpayers $1.3 million a year, the most of any ex-President, according to a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. Freya Petersen George W. Bush is costing taxpayers $1.3 million a year, the most of any ex-President, according to a report by the nonpartisan…  …

Man forced to listen to ‘It’s A Small World’ theme song while stuck on Disneyland ride awarded $8,000 in damages

A disabled man who was stuck on Disneyland’s ‘It’s A Small World’ ride for 30 minutes – while the theme song played on – has won a lawsuit against the Anaheim theme park.  …

Bank of Cyprus head fired under bailout deal

The chief executive of the Bank of Cyprus, the island’s biggest lender, has been sacked by the central bank governor as part of an international bailout deal, state media said on Wednesday. Yiannis Kypri was fired on the instructions of the so-called troika of the European Union, European Central Bank…

Supreme Court to hear Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case on Wednesday

The rights of married same-sex couples will come under scrutiny at the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in the second of two landmark cases being considered by the top judicial panel. After the nine justices mulled arguments on a California law that outlawed gay marriage on Tuesday, they will take…

Saudi Arabia beheads and crucifies convicted Yemeni murderer

Saudi authorities on Wednesday beheaded a Yemeni man and then crucified his body after he was convicted of murdering a Pakistani national, the kingdom’s interior ministry announced. “The Yemeni citizen Mohammed Rashad Khairi Hussein killed a Pakistani, Pashteh Sayed Khan, after he committed sodomy with him,” said a statement carried…

Singer Dionne Warwick declares bankruptcy citing $10M in back taxes

Dionne Warwick, the singer and actress who was a regular at the top of the Billboard chart for four decades, owes more than $10 million in back taxes and has only $10 left at the end of each month after paying expenses, according to a petition filed in U.S. Bankruptcy…

Chameleons migrated from Africa to Madagascar by sea 65 million years ago: new study

Chameleons took to the waves to migrate from Africa to Madagascar about 65 million years ago, said a study published on Wednesday that seeks to resolve a roiling biological debate. Chameleons are famous for the extraordinary ability of some species to change colour, and for a lightning-fast talent to catch…

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