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Corporate help boosts Turkey’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics

Seven giant Turkish companies have pledged to chip in for the national bid to host the 2020 Olympics, Sports Minister Suat Kilic said on Saturday. “Until the sponsors became involved in this process with all they’ve got, we felt all alone,” Kilic said. “When the private sector shouldered the burden,…

Peruvian cyclists ride nude to demand friendlier streets

Dozens of naked and half-naked cyclists rolled through Lima Saturday to press for more bike-friendly streets. A few of the protesters stripped down completely for the 10-kilometer (six-mile) ride through Peru’s capital. The more modest peddlers wore underwear, while some wore masks of cartoon characters like Batman. Some riders also…

Spanish king Juan Carlos leaves hospital after latest surgery

Spain’s 75-year-old King Juan Carlos left hospital Saturday, nearly a week after undergoing lower back surgery, his seventh operation in three years. “I am feeling very well, I feel no pain in my back or anywhere else,” he told reporters as he was driven out of Madrid’s La Milagrosa hospital.…

Changes to Hungary’s constitution spur thousands to protest

Thousands of Hungarians gathered outside the country’s parliament in Budapest Saturday in protest at changes to the new constitution they say infringe on civil rights. After a demonstration on Thursday, protestors and a number of NGOs including Amnesty International launched a second rally against a package of measures due to…

British archaeologists: Stonehenge was an ancient rave spot

British researchers on Saturday unveiled a new theory for the origins of Stonehenge, saying the ancient stone circle was originally a graveyard and venue for mass celebrations. The findings would overturn the long-held belief that Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southwestern England was created as a Stone Age astronomical calendar…

Bieber cancels one of two Portugal dates

Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has cancelled one of two scheduled concerts in Portugal next week, just after completing what he admitted had been a rough week in London, promoters said Saturday. Within a few days, the 19-year-old pop sensation angered some of his fans for being late on stage,…

National cybersecurity efforts still stalled

How the U.S. plans to defend the nation’s critical infrastructure from hackers and other attackers still remains in limbo – again. As in 2012, legislators seem no closer to defining what safeguards can and will be implemented to prevent military and commercial networks from being breached.  At…  …

What have we learned from SARS?

A decade ago, a highly contagious and deadly new illness sent people worldwide scrambling to cancel flights and holidays as schools closed and sales of surgical masks spiked. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was the first “new” disease of the 21st century to jump from an animal host to humans,…

SXSW film opener sees return of Jim Carrey

Rubber-faced comic Jim Carrey returned to the big screen in fan-pleasing form by way of the opening feature of the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” stars Steve Carrell as a washed-out Las Vegas magician in ghastly sequined suits whose refusal to change with the times…

Greek Prime Minister says no more austerity

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Saturday promised his recession-weary nation that there would be “no more austerity measures” as international creditors prolonged an audit of crisis reforms. “There will be no more austerity measures,” Samaras said in a televised speech to his conservative party’s political committee. “And as soon…

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