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George W. Bush undergoes heart surgery

(Reuters) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush underwent a surgical procedure at a Dallas hospital on Tuesday to have a stent placed in his heart for a blocked artery, U.S. media reported. Bush was “in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday,”…

Britain considers life in prison for owners of ‘killer dogs’

Government launches online consultation to determine whether there is public support for increase in maximum penalty Owners of dogs that kill people could face life imprisonment if an online consultation run by the government demonstrates public support for more severe penalties. The proposal for a significant jump in the current maximum jail term of…

15-tonne ball of congealed fat removed from London sewer after 10-day operation

A 15-tonne ball of congealed fat — dubbed Britain’s biggest ever “fatberg” — was removed from a London sewer after a 10-day operation following complaints from local residents that their toilets would not flush. The monstrous lump of festering food fat mixed with wet wipes — the size of a…

It’s progressive versus progressive in Seattle mayoral primary

By Elaine Porterfield SEATTLE (Reuters) – Seattle’s Democratic Mayor Mike McGinn faces a tough hurdle to re-election on Tuesday as he faces off in a primary vote against a field of overwhelmingly progressive challengers, including a state legislator known for his leadership on gay marriage. The candidates vying for a…

U.S. drone strike kills four Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

A US drone strike killed four Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen Tuesday, a tribal source said, amid heightened security across the Middle East against a possible major attack by the jihadists. Those killed included one of 25 Al-Qaeda operatives listed late on Monday by the Yemeni authorities as among those plotting…

Pakistan’s ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf a no-show at murder indictment

Pakistan’s ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday failed to appear in court to be indicted over the murder of former premier Benazir Bhutto due to what police said were security concerns. Musharraf, who ruled the nuclear-armed state from 1999-2008, had been summoned to face charges of criminal conspiracy and the…

U.S. tells its citizens in Yemen to leave immediately

SBy Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) – The United States told its citizens in Yemen on Tuesday to leave immediately and ordered the evacuation of non-essential U.S. government staff because of the threat of terrorist attacks. The State Department announcement was the latest warning since Washington issued a worldwide travel alert…

Vigil at Wisconsin Sikh temple marks anniversary of white supremacist’s shooting attack

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Hundreds of mourners gathered on Monday for a candlelight vigil at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee to commemorate the lives of six worshippers killed there a year ago by a white supremacist during a mass shooting. In that attack, Wade Michael…

Japan calls on U.S. to suspend military chopper operations in Okinawa

Japan’s prime minister on Tuesday called on the US military to suspend helicopter operations in the country’s southern Okinawa island chain after a fatal crash. An American HH-60 helicopter with four personnel on board crashed at the Camp Hansen Marine base on Monday. Three of the crew were rescued. A…

How does the Moon affect sleep patterns?

IN 1969 man landed on the Moon. But since then it has lost none of its mystery. From Lucian’s fictional account of travelling to the Moon in the second century AD to “An American Werewolf in London”, a 1981 horror film, the Moon continually inspires…  …

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