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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…

Thousands of Australians stranded by floodwaters

Thousands of people on Australia’s east coast were cut off by floodwaters on Sunday, with the heavy rain claiming two lives as extreme thunderstorms damaged homes and brought down trees in Sydney. State Emergency Services said the Macleay River peaked lower than had been forecast in the northern New South…

U.S. to propose $16 billion Gulf spill settlement with BP: WSJ

US authorities plan to propose a $16 billion settlement to British energy giant BP for civil claims related to the disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, The Wall Street Journal said. Citing people familiar with the discussions, the newspaper said late Friday that the settlement would cover…

Facebook is dumping your old photos into cold storage

If you’re a longtime Facebook user, chances are pretty good that you uploaded some photos to the social network that you haven’t actually viewed in years. And you’re not alone: Facebook stores hundreds of billions of photos, with hundreds of millions uploaded every day. Facebook’s apparently……

Britain’s top Catholic Cardinal O’Brien subject of ‘inappropriate acts’ controversy

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, who is due to vote on Pope Benedict XVI’s successor, has been reported to the Vatican over claims of inappropriate behaviour, the Observer reported on Sunday. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, contests allegations by three priests and a former…

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ wins big at pre-Oscar Independent Spirit Awards

“Silver Linings Playbook” won the best film prize at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, as well as best actress for Jennifer Lawrence and best director. On the eve of the Oscars, director David O. Russell received a publicity boost for his dark romantic comedy, which stars Bradley Cooper as…

U.S. officials secretly visited North Korea last year to encourage them to moderate foreign policy: LA Times

US officials made two secret visits to North Korea last year in an effort to improve relations after North Korea leader Kim Jong Un assumed power, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Citing unnamed former US officials familiar with the trips, the newspaper said the visits in April and August…

Activists launch campaign against ‘autonomous weapons’: Killer robots must be stopped

Autonomous weapons’, which could be ready within a decade, pose grave risk to international law, claim activists A new global campaign to persuade nations to ban “killer robots” before they reach the production stage is to be launched in the UK by a group of academics, pressure groups and Nobel…

Palestinian PM Fayyad ‘shocked’ by death of ‘Prisoner X’

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad expressed shock at the death of a Palestinian in an Israeli jail Saturday and called for full details of what happened. Fayyad “expresses his deep sorrow and shock over the martyrdom of prisoner Arafat Jaradat in Israeli occupation prisons,” said the statement from his office.…

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