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Academy Awards warn Ukrainian TV prankster not to crash the ceremony

A Ukrainian television prankster who gatecrashed the Grammys has been warned not to try the same at this weekend’s Oscars show, according to a lawyer’s letter. Vitalii Sediuk, who kissed Will Smith at a red carpet event in Moscow last year, was warned he would face prosecution if he tries…

Kerry heads for Europe and Middle East for first trip as Secretary of State

America’s top diplomat John Kerry will begin on his first official trip as secretary of state on Sunday, a marathon get-acquainted tour of America’s closest allies in Europe and the Middle East. Kerry will visit the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and…

Study: France tops U.S. in women on corporate boards

France has overtaken the United States in placing women on the boards of the world’s 200 largest companies, according to a study released on Friday. The average percentage of female directors among Fortune Global 200 companies, the world’s largest by revenues, came to a modest 15 percent, according to the…

German conservatives point to supporting expanded rights for same sex couples

The German right appears more open to expanding gay rights, with several leaders of the governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) speaking in weekend interviews of bridging the gap betwee same sex and heterosexual couples. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told the weekly news magazine Focus the government was examining the effects…

Opponents vote to shoot Egypt’s Morsi into space

Opponents of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi are voting to send him where no Islamist leader has gone before: outer space. Morsi on Saturday was leading the field in Egypt in an online contest sponsored by deodorant makers Axe to send a lucky few on a shuttle operated by space tourism…

Janet Jackson sparks paparazzi brawl at Milan fashion show

U.S. star Janet Jackson’s front row appearance at the Roberto Cavalli show at Milan fashion week on Saturday threw photographers into such a frenzy that they had to be physically hauled off the catwalk. Whistles and cat calls filled the air and the audience was roused for drama, which the…

Malawi gets 1,000 new HIV infections a week: official

AIDS-ravaged Malawi, where over a tenth of the population is HIV positive, records on average 1,000 new cases weekly, a top government official said Saturday. “It?s a great concern to us that despite efforts by government to prevent HIV and AIDS, the country continues to register about 1,000 new cases…

Italy finds horsemeat for first time in lasagne: report

Italian authorities have identified horsemeat in tests on six tonnes of mincemeat and 2,400 packages labelled as lasagne bolognese seized from a company near Bologna, the ANSA news agency reported Saturday. This is the first positive test since the scandal broke and comes after Italian authorities earlier said they had…

Iran probes diplomat’s defection in Norway

Iran said Saturday it is investigating the reported defection of one of its diplomats in Norway, with a spokesman suggesting it was due to personal problems, Mehr news agency said. “Despite completing his mission, an administrative staffer at our embassy in Oslo has not yet returned to Tehran due to…

Harborside Heath Center general manager: Medical marijuana advocates are like rebels in ‘Star Wars’

Medical marijuana activists gathered at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to talk about resistance to federal law. It’s clear that these activists view themselves as performing civil disobedience, risking jail time, legal fees and stigma. One activist and medical marijuana dispensary worker even compared the movement to…

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