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Circus family reopens Moscow’s unique cat theater

Up on a brightly lit Moscow stage a clown loudly welcomes the stars of today’s show — 20 highly trained cats. Packing out the auditorium with excited children and adults, the feline performers are the main attraction at the world-famous and unique cat theatre. Founded just before the collapse of…

Two suspects released in British soldier murder case

Two men arrested on suspicion of being involved in supplying illegal firearms in connection with the Islamist murder of a British soldier were released on bail Saturday. The two unnamed men, aged 46 and 42, were arrested on Friday. They have been bailed to return to a south London police…

China trying new form of ‘Internet censorship’ ahead of Tiananmen Square crackdown anniversary

China is experimenting with more subtle methods to censor Internet search results ahead of the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, according to a group that monitors blocked websites in the country. In the past, a search for keywords in China related to the events of June 4, 1989,…

U.S. hands over two ex-Guantanamo detainees to Mauritania

The United States has handed over two former Guantanamo detainees to their native Mauritania after they were cleared by American courts of suspected terror-related activities, activists and security officials said. The two men — Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz — arrived in Nouakchott on Friday night “after…

Mes Aynak: Afghanistan’s Buddhist buried treasure faces destruction

Mes Aynak, a magnificent Buddhist city, is the most important archaeological discovery in a generation. But it is sitting on a vast copper deposit and is about to be destroyed. In the spring of 1963, a French geologist set out from Kabul to carry out a survey in Logar province in eastern…

Mexico’s ex-president Vicente Fox backs nationwide legal pot market in the U.S.

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox threw his weight Thursday behind a US entrepreneur’s drive to build a nationwide legal market for marijuana in the United States. Fox, Mexico’s leader from 200-2006, appeared at a Seattle press conference where businessman Jamen Shively said the US states of Washington and Colorado are…

‘Knights Templar’ among those singled out by U.S. government for suspected drug trafficking

The United States designated six individuals and groups, including a prominent steroids dealer, for sanctions Friday, freezing their US assets and barring trade with Americans. The Knights Templar of Mexico, Colombia’s Los Urabenos and Los Cachiros of Honduras were singled out for sanctions under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act,…

Lou Reed recovering after liver transplant

Musician, 71, underwent life-saving surgery last month in Cleveland, says wife Laurie Anderson Lou Reed, the US songwriter, poet and vocalist with the Velvet Underground, had a liver transplant last month, according to his wife, the musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson. “It’s as serious as it gets. He was…

Tar sands project suffers setback as British Columbia rejects pipeline

Canadian province rejects plan for Enbridge Northern Gateway, saying company failed to demonstrate adequate clean-up plan Efforts to expand production from the Alberta tar sands suffered a significant setback on Friday when the provincial government of British Columbia rejected a pipeline project because of environmental shortcomings. In a strongly worded…

Istanbul park demolition spurs protests across Turkey

By Constanze Letsch, The Guardian Demonstrations against Erdogan government in several cities as riot officers use tear gas to control protesters in Istanbul Turkey has been engulfed by a series of protests across several cities after riot police turned Istanbul’s busiest city centre hub into a battleground, deploying tear gas…

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