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Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia sparks global outrage

From a painting hung high on a blood-red wall, Adolf Hitler peers down on young students eating schnitzel and slurping German beer in Indonesia’s Nazi-themed cafe. The SoldatenKaffee (“The Soldiers’ Cafe”) opened its doors in the western Javanese city of Bandung in 2011, named after the popular hangout for soldiers…

KBR must face lawsuit over alleged kickbacks from military contracts: court

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) – The government can pursue “enhanced” penalties from Houston-based defense contractor KBR Inc over allegations that employees took kickbacks involving military contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruling reinstates…

Woman dies riding roller coaster at Texas amusement park

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – A woman died on Friday following an accident on a roller coaster at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in Arlington, the park operator said. The unidentified woman was riding the Texas Giant roller coaster ride at the park in Arlington, about…

Colombia’s FARC rebels holding U.S. soldier they willing to release

By Nelson Bocanegra BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s FARC rebels said late on Friday they were holding a U.S. soldier captured on June 20, but were willing to release him to a humanitarian commission as they pursue peace talks with the government. The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, said…

Man in wheelchair hurt after setting off explosion at Beijing airport

BEIJING (Reuters) – A man in a wheelchair detonated a home-made explosive in Beijing airport on Saturday evening, injuring himself and sending smoke billowing through the exit area of the international arrivals section of Terminal 3. Individual Chinese unable to win redress for grievances have in the past resorted to…

Marvel’s ‘Agents’ hope to entice Comic-Con fans to lagging ABC

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Disney offered Marvel comic devotees an exclusive look at its new television series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” on Friday as its ABC network hopes to engage the “super fans” at Comic-Con to bounce back from a ratings decline. Banking on the huge success of…

Trayvon Martin’s parents lead protests in New York and Miami over Zimmerman verdict

By Tom Brown MIAMI (Reuters) – Trayvon Martin’s parents were due to lead demonstrations in New York and Miami on Saturday, as protesters across the country rallied to express anger over the acquittal of the man who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager. The protests, outside federal court buildings…

San Diego county clerk: Let me ‘enforce state law’ by denying marriage licenses to same sex couples

Ernest “Ernie” Dronenburg, the county clerk in San Diego, California, and his lawyers filed an emergency petition before the California courts this afternoon asking for a temporary stay to state Attorney General Kamala Harris’ (D) recent order to start accepting marriage licenses applications. Her order followed the June U.S. Supreme…

Mars was robbed of most of its atmosphere billions of years ago

Two papers published in Science on Friday show that Mars lost much of the atmosphere that……

Mexico could legalize marijuana in five years: former president Vicente Fox

By Gabriel Stargardter SAN CRISTOBAL, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico could legalize marijuana within the next five years, stripping brutal drug cartels of a major source of income, former President Vicente Fox said on Friday. Fox, who battled the powerful cartels while president between 2000 and 2006, has since become a…

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