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Three dead after shooting at a factory in Switzerland

A gunman killed two people and wounded seven others when he opened fire in a Swiss factory on Wednesday, police said, adding the shooter also died. “There are three dead and seven wounded, a number of them seriously,” a police spokesman in the central canton of Lucerne told AFP. The…

Horsemeat found in Ikea meatballs in 25 countries

The producer of the Ikea meatballs withdrawn from shelves in 25 countries has found horsemeat in its products, Sweden’s national food agency SLA said Wednesday. The agency was informed by Swedish company Dafgaard that its own tests had confirmed the presence of equine DNA, a spokeswoman for the agency said.…

Kadhafi’s former prime minister in critical condition after being tortured in prison

Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, the last premier of deposed Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, is in critical condition after being tortured in a Libyan prison, his Tunisian lawyer said on Wednesday. Mahmudi “is in critical condition as a result of the torture he has suffered,” said Mabrouk Kourchid, adding that “he could die”.…

New demolition technique shrinks Tokyo hotel ‘in a clean manner’

Passers-by in Tokyo’s busy Akasaka district have started to notice something odd about a 40-floor hotel — it has shrunk to about half its original height. Slowly but surely, and with none of the explosions or dust normally associated with the demolition of skyscrapers, the hotel is being torn down.…

Ancient Korean king’s hat recovered more than 500 years after Japanese theft

A hat which belonged to South Korea’s most revered monarch King Sejong has been recovered more than 500 years after it was looted by Japanese invaders, a senior scholar said Wednesday. Apart from its intrinsic value as an historical relic, the discovery has thrilled scholars after documents were found stitched…

Mexican union leader accused of spending workers’ money on plastic surgery

Elba Esther Gordillo, the head of Mexico’s powerful teachers union and an influential political figure, has been arrested for allegedly embezzling funds for personal use, including plastic surgery and shopping sprees, authorities said. Attorney General Jose Murillo Karam said Gordillo was arrested Tuesday at the airport of Toluca, in the…

Holocaust survivor and ‘world citizen’ Stephane Hessel dies at 95

Best-selling French writer, veteran diplomat and concentration camp survivor Stephane Hessel, whose work inspired protest movements worldwide, has died at the age of 95, his wife announced Wednesday. The German-born Hessel, who became a naturalised French citizen in 1939 and was a prominent Resistance figure during World War II, died…

Kerry meets French president Hollande to discuss Mali crisis, Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry met French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Wednesday to discuss the crisis in Mali on the third leg of a European tour so far dominated by the Syrian conflict. Kerry, who has hailed France’s “successful” mission in Mali, will also hold talks with…

North Korea says its nuclear weapons can reach the U.S.

North Korea warned Wednesday that the US mainland was “well within” the range of its nuclear weapons, as Pyongyang continued to ramp up the bellicose rhetoric after its recent nuclear test. In an article posted on the official Uriminzokkiri website, a member of the Korean National Peace Committee — a…

Supreme Court to decide if unauthorized DNA collection is ‘unreasonable search’ under Fourth Amendment

< The US Supreme Court heard argument Tuesday in a case testing whether government officials can routinely collect a person’s DNA at the time he or she is arrested and then use that DNA sample to try to link the individual to unsolved crimes. At issue in the case, Maryland…

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