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UN ‘deeply concerned’ by Darfur tribal fighting

The UN on Sunday expressed deep concern over the latest deadly tribal violence in Sudan’s Darfur region, which has hampered assistance for tens of thousands of people forced to flee earlier fighting. Residents in the town of El Sireaf said an Arab militia firing heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades…

Heat stress from global warming reduces labor efficiency: study

Heat stress from global warming may be having an impact on outdoor work productivity in hot regions like northern Australia, Southeast Asia and the southern United States, a study said Sunday. In recent decades, rising temperatures and higher humidity reduced labour capacity, on paper at least, by 10 percent during…

Senate committee to vote on Treasury nominee Jack Lew

The US Senate Finance Committee said it will vote Tuesday on the appointment of Jack Lew — who played an active role in talks that led to massive looming spending cuts — as Treasury secretary. Lew, who was tapped last month to succeed Timothy Geithner in the key cabinet position,…

British Museum to showcase ancient relics from Pompeii

A bronze tap from a garden fountain, a street sign settling a boundary dispute, a clothes chest, a loaf of bread: some of the objects to survive the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79 heading to the British Museum were so recently excavated that dark volcanic clay still clings to…

James Bond’s Aston Martin on sale for $4.6 million

James Bond’s famous Aston Martin car, complete with hidden machine guns and a smoke screen, is now up for grabs for a cool three million pounds, a Swiss weekly reported Sunday. Swiss millionaire Thomas Straumann put the vehicle up for sale in Britain with a price tag of three million…

Afghan president: U.S. special forces creating ‘insecurity and instability’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded Sunday the withdrawal of US special forces from Wardak within two weeks, accusing them of fuelling “insecurity and instability” in the volatile province neighbouring the capital Kabul. “In today’s national security council meeting… President Karzai ordered the ministry of defence to kick out the US…

Dalek designer dies aged 84

The man responsible for designing the Daleks, the robotic enemy of Doctor Who in the long-running television series, has died aged 84, his family said Saturday. Ray Cusick died in his sleep of heart failure on Thursday, his daughter Claire Heawood revealed. The BBC series celebrates its 50th anniversary this…

Turkey ‘will not remain silent on the brutal dictator in Syria’

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday vowed his country will not remain silent over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “crimes”, as Washington condemned a missile strike on Aleppo that left 58 dead. “Every day a large number of innocent children and women fall dead in Syria,” Erdogan, a key backer of…

Topless feminists hurl themselves at Berlusconi

Three topless feminists lunged at Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi as he arrived at a polling station in Milan to vote in a general election on Sunday, an AFP reporter at the scene said. The young women had the slogan “Basta Berlusconi” (“Enough With Berlusconi”) scrawled on their backs. They were quickly…

Emotional Pope says God asked him to retire

Pope Benedict XVI delivered an emotional last Sunday prayer in St Peter’s Square, saying God had told him to devote himself to prayer but assuring supporters he would not “abandon” the Church. Tens of thousands of supporters turned out for the historic prayers ahead of the pope’s formal resignation on…

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