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Pakistani version of ‘Glee’ smashes TV taboos

Gay romance, Islamic extremism and a soundtrack of classic love songs make for Pakistan’s taboo-breaking answer to the hugely successful US television series ‘Glee’. Like its smash hit forerunner, ‘Taan’ follows the lives and loves of a group of young people who regularly burst into song. But this time they…

National Spelling Bee competition set to begin on Tuesday

The 86th annual National Spelling Bee kicks off Tuesday with 281 youngsters from eight nations putting their ability to spell some of the most obscure words in the English language to the test. Sponsored by the Scripps media group, the three-day competition at the Gaylord National Resort outside Washington is…

Austerity pushes Spain’s youth toward becoming a ‘lost generation’

Despite having a bachelor’s degree, five years of professional experience and speaking three languages, Paloma Fernandez has joined the swelling ranks of Spain’s “lost generation” that can’t find work in a grinding recession. The 28-year-old, who has a degree in translation, lost her job of four years at the justice…

Activists accuse Japanese company of using whale meat for dog treats

Meat from endangered whales caught by Icelandic hunters is being sold in Japan as luxury dog treats, environmental campaigners said Tuesday. Michinoku Farm, a Tokyo-based company, is offering chews made from North Atlantic fin whales on its company website, with the meat described as a “low calorie, low fat, high…

U.S. says retailers are ‘critical’ to improve worker safety in Bangladesh

The United States said Western brands buying clothing from Bangladesh had a “critical role” in improving conditions in the sector, even as leading US retailers refuse to sign a new safety pact. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman visited Bangladesh, the world’s second biggest garment maker after China, to…

French anti-terrorism police hunt man who stabbed soldier

French anti-terrorism investigators are hunting for a bearded man who was reported to have been praying before he stabbed a French soldier outside a busy train terminal. The man, described as tall and athletic, was spotted on CCTV at the station underneath the business district at La Défense just before…

Tunisia’s culture minister hails success of love film — but ignores lesbian plot

The culture minister in Tunisia’s Islamist-led government on Monday congratulated French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche for winning the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, without referring to the explicit lesbian relationship the movie details. “The minister of culture (Mehdi Mabrouk) congratulated the director Abdellatif Kechiche for this international recognition, wishing him much…

Obama returns to New Jersey in chance to move on from scandals

In recent months Barack Obama has visited victims of the Oklahoma tornado, the Boston bombing and the Newtown school shooting, but his visit on Tuesday to beach communities hit by hurricane Sandy is about more than just consoling another group of families hit by America’s run of tragedies. The president…

How SpongeBob SquarePants became massive in Egypt

Stroll the streets of central Cairo today, and two faces stand out. The first is a symbol of resistance; Jika, a teenage protester shot dead late last year, whose likeness has been repeatedly stencilled across the walls of the city centre. The second is rather less revolutionary. It belongs to…

IRS targets First Caribbean International Bank over tax evasion

A Caribbean bank formerly co-owned by Barclays has been targeted by US tax authorities seeking information on suspected American tax evaders. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has filed a “John Doe” summons – a request for information on an unknown number of unnamed people – against US taxpayers with offshore…

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