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Fire threatens top Australian telescope site Siding Spring Observatory

Australia’s top research observatory home to several telescopes used by scientists from around the world was under threat from wildfires on Sunday as hot weather and lightning storms stoked scores of new blazes. The Rural Fire Service (RFS) of New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, issued an emergency warning…

EU ‘to propose’ peace plan after Israel vote

The European Union is drawing up a detailed new plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and expects to present it after this month’s Israeli general election, Yediot Aharonot reported Sunday. Citing diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, Israel’s top-selling daily said the plan was intended to “bring about the establishment of a…

Beijing choked by third day of hazardous smog

Beijing endured a third day of pollution at hazardous levels on Sunday, as authorities warned that a thick cloud of smog may not lift from the Chinese capital until midweek. While those venturing outside wore face masks, dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei went one step further, posting pictures of himself…

British newspaper advertises ‘ten questions Winfrey must ask Armstrong’ in Chicago Tribune

British newspaper The Sunday Times has taken out an advertisment in the Chicago Tribune with 10 questions they want the talk show host Oprah Winfrey to ask disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. The English newspaper – which in December announced it was suing Armstrong for over £1 million ($1.6 million, 1.2…

Indian organizers ‘prepared’ for world’s largest religious festival

Organisers of the world’s biggest religious festival, which starts on the banks of the river Ganges on Monday, said they were ready for the tens of millions of pilgrims expected to attend. The Kumbh Mela, which takes place on a 12-year cycle and will last 55 days, is being held…

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez not in coma, responding to treatment: brother

The brother of Hugo Chavez has denied that the ailing Venezuelan president is in coma, saying the Venezuelan leader is responding well to cancer treatment in Cuba and making progress on a daily basis. “Reports that the president is in a coma and that the family is discussing ending life…

New York declares flu emergency amid national epidemic

New York’s governor declared a health emergency over a flu epidemic that has sickened more than 19,000 people, allowing pharmacists to immunize infants and children. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s move comes amid a nationwide epidemic expected to last several weeks. There have been at least 28,747 cases reported across the country…

Style mavens converge on Milan for ‘Men’s Fashion Week’

Dolce&Gabbana kicked off Milan menswear fashion week on Saturday with their winter-autumn 2014 collections, as 10,000 fashionistas descended on the Italian commercial hub for the shows. Jil Sander, Ermenegildo Zegna, Costume National, Frankie Morello and Burberry also showed off their collections on Saturday. The Dolce&Gabbana collection drew religious and nostalgic…

Ex-Egyptian leader Mubarak questioned over newspaper’s gifts

Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak was on Saturday questioned over gifts worth millions of Egyptian pounds allegedly received from the country’s flagship state newspaper, a judicial source said. Mubarak, who is already serving a life sentence for his involvement in the death of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled…

Italian consul in Libya escapes gun attack

Italy’s consul to Benghazi in eastern Libya escaped unscathed after an attack on his bullet-proof car in the city on Saturday, Italian news agency ANSA and local security sources said. The car in which the consul, Guido De Sanctis, was travelling was shot at when it stopped at a crossroads,…

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