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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…

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…

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