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Egyptian sumo wrestler ready to fight during Ramadan

TOKYO, Japan — The Arab world’s first professional sumo wrestler says fasting for Ramadan will give him courage during his inaugural tournament in the famously weighty elite ranks of the sport. Egyptian Osunaarashi (Great Sandstorm) believes observing the Muslim holy month, which begins Tuesday, will boost his performance, despite not…

Italian mayor turns into Mr. Fix-It to save money in town budget

An Italian mayor and his council members have decided to fight the economic crisis proactively, picking up paintbrushes and re-painting the walls of their offices themselves to spare the town budget. They worked overtime and even chipped in for the material themselves. “The idea spread quickly and all the employees…

Muslim Brotherhood call to ‘uprising’ marks a dangerous turn in Egypt

A Muslim Brotherhood call for an uprising in response to a “massacre” of its supporters after the military’s ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi could mark a bloody new stage in the turmoil rocking Egypt, analysts warn. At dawn on Monday, after days of deadly violence and rising tensions between…

Park officials ask tourists not to litter with egg frying trick in Death Valley

Death Valley National Park has asked tourists not to test out the reputation of the world’s hottest spot by frying eggs on the ground, citing a growing litter problem at the popular US landmark. “An employee’s posting of frying an egg in a pan in Death Valley was intended to…

Indian police arrest man connected to bombing at Buddhist temple

Indian police arrested a man on Monday over weekend bomb attacks targeting one of Buddhism’s holiest sites and were studying CCTV footage that appeared to show two men planting explosives. The Indian government condemned the “terror attack” after multiple small bombs exploded at the historic Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex…

Secretary of State Kerry’s wife may have suffered seizure

The wife of US Secretary of State John Kerry remained in hospital Monday for further tests after suffering what may have been a seizure, a source close to the family said. Teresa Heinz Kerry, 74, spent the night in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she was flown late Sunday…

Advanced economies recovering while emerging ones are slowing: data

Advanced economies are on the move again but growth in big emerging economies looks like stabilising or slowing down, the OECD said on Monday. The data for the United States and Japan “continue to point to economic growth firming”, the OECD said in its monthly report of leading indicators or…

‘Simplified’ IVF procedure could cost just $256

A simplified lab can slash the cost of in-vitro fertilisation treatment to around 200 euros ($256), offering hope to millions of infertile couples in the developing world, a conference heard on Monday. The cost would be just 10 to 15 percent of western-style IVF programmes, according to the Belgian team…

Three-fourths of part-time workers are trapped with no hope of promotion

Research shows that more than 75% of workers who opt for shorter working hours are unable to progress within their firm More than three quarters of part-time workers feel trapped in their jobs and unable to get promoted or find another flexible role that fits their skills, according to research.…

London mayor in hot water over suggesting women go to university to find husbands

Mayor is accused of casual sexism over remark at forum with Malaysian prime minister The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has been accused of casual sexism after joking that the increase in the number of women attending university in Malaysia was down to their desire to find a husband. Johnson, no…

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