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Tommy Chong claims cannabis helped cure his prostate cancer

Comedian and stoner Tommy Chong says ‘I kicked cancer’s ass!’ with a variety of treatments including diet and supplements Tommy Chong, the veteran star of the dope-fuelled Cheech and Chong films, says he has beaten prostate cancer with a combination of cannabis use and a special diet. Chong, 74, was…

R&B star Chris Brown outrages neighbors by painting red and orange devils with sharp teeth on his Beverly Hills mansion

Chris Brown has found himself embroiled in yet another row, this time with his neighbours. The controversial R&B star has painted an outside wall of his Beverly Hills mansion with a garish, street art-style mural depicting colourful monsters with sharp teeth. And neighbours are complaining that it is lowering the…

Unprecedented speed of global warming to impact half of all plants and a third of animals

More than half of common species of plants and a third of animal species are likely to see their living space halved by 2080 on current trends of carbon emissions, according to a climate study. Output of man-made greenhouse gases is putting Earth on track for four degrees Celsius (7.2…

Space tourism won’t hurt environment: Richard Branson

British billionaire Richard Branson said Monday that rocket-powered space tourism flights by his firm Virgin Galactic would have only a minor impact on climate change. More than 500 people have already reserved seats — and paid deposits on the $200,000 ticket price — for a minutes-long suborbital flight on the…

Thousands need ‘immediate food assistance’ in Niger

The United Nations on Sunday said 800,000 people in Niger face food insecurity and that some 84,000 are in immediate need of assistance as the humanitarian crisis worsens in the impoverished landlocked African nation. Struck by droughts and shortages of crops, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian…

Pioneer TV anchor Barbara Walters to retire

Barbara Walters, who in 1976 became the first woman to anchor one of the daily network television news shows, announced late Sunday that she will retire next year. Walters, 83, began her career in TV journalism in 1961 at NBC’s morning news and entertainment program “The Today Show.” Fiteen years…

Hong Kong transsexual wins fight to marry boyfriend

A transsexual woman in Hong Kong won a groundbreaking court appeal Monday allowing her to marry her boyfriend and forcing the government to re-write the city’s marriage laws. The woman in her 30s, known in the Court of Final Appeal as “W” under anonymity rules, successfully overturned earlier verdicts that…

‘Carlos the Jackal’ goes back to court, could be freed

Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the convicted killer known to the world as Carlos the Jackal, returns to court on Monday in a bid to overturn his conviction for masterminding a deadly series of bombings on French soil. Now 63, the Venezuelan was already serving a life sentence for murder when he…

McCain insists Benghazi attack was covered up by the White House

Senator John McCain accused the White House of a “coverup” over Benghazi on Sunday, ratcheting up Republican pressure over the administration’s handling of last September’s consulate attack. Speaking on ABC’s This Week, the GOP grandee alleged that there had been a “wilful removal of information” over the attack in Libya,…

Mysterious SARS-like virus kills 15 people in Saudi Arabia

Fifteen people in Saudi Arabia have died from a SARS-like virus out of 24 people who contracted it since last August, Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabia said on Sunday. “The number of people who contracted the virus in the kingdom since August/September is 24, of whom 15 have died,” Rabia told…

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