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Algerian President Bouteflika hospitalized after ‘mini-stroke’

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika suffered a mini-stroke and was taken to Paris for examination, but is not experiencing any lasting effects, the APS news agency reported. Bouteflika, 76, had a “transient ischemia”, a temporary blockage of blood flow often called a “mini-stroke”, Rachid Bougherbal, the director of the National Sports…

Instructional film parody teaches you about ‘Building A Human’

Take heart, residents of Edité-Frignim (or, as it’s more popularly known, “Earth”): if you’ve been itching to build your own Replicant but repli-can’t scrounge up the credits, a new video by comedians Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz walks you through those last few steps in putting together your own reasonable…

Mexico’s border schools deal with an influx of English-speaking students

Mexico: Border schools adjust to influx of English-speaking students (via The Christian Science Monitor) Schoolchildren scamper across the border to waiting parents in the Mexican town of Palomas in May 2009.(Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor/File) Elementary students at Lamberto Hernández School in this northern Mexican city were long gone by…

Beirut bans award-winning Lebanese film shot in Israel

Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri said Saturday the Lebanese authorities have banned his award-winning film “The Attack” from cinemas in his home country because it was partly shot in Tel Aviv using Israeli actors. “I regret to inform you that the Interior Minister of Lebanon, Minister (Marwan) Charbel, has decided to…

Deadly fire exposes failures of Russia’s mental health care system

A fire that killed 36 patients at a dilapidated wooden psychiatric facility has exposed Russia’s failure to move on from the old Soviet system of punitive psychiatry used against political dissidents. Two staff and 36 patients — apparently too sedated or disorientated to escape from their mass dormitory with barred…

Dinner with superstar chef auctioned off for $36,750

An Asian gourmet splashed out $36,750 at a New York auction to have dinner for four with famed chef Ferran Adria. The dizzy tab contributed to a $913,605 sale at Sotheby’s late Friday that was based on the revolutionary Catalan chef’s stellar wine collection, which he sold along with kitchen…

Daily deals website LivingSocial hacked

Hackers broke into a daily deals website backed by online retail titan Amazon.com and breached the accounts of 50 million members, according to a report Friday by All Things Digital. Names, birth dates and encrypted password information was swiped in a cyberattack at LivingSocial, according to a report at AllThingsD.com.…

Syria says chemical weapons claims ‘barefaced lie’

US and British accusations that the regime in Damascus may have used chemical weapons are a “barefaced lie,” Syria’s information minister told Russian television Saturday. “First of all, I want to confirm that statements by the US Secretary of State and British government are inconsistent with reality and a barefaced…

H7N9 bird flu spreads to central China’s Hunan province

China’s deadly outbreak of H7N9 bird flu has spread to the central province of Hunan, local health authorities said Saturday, the third announcement in three days of a case in a new location. A 64-year-old woman in Shaoyang City, who developed a fever four days after coming into contact with…

Judy Woodruff recounts day Ronald Reagan Was Shot

March 30, 1981 was a routine day for Judy Woodruff as she traveled with the press pool to cover a speech by President Ronald Reagan, two months into his presidency, at the Washington Hilton. But the events Woodruff witnessed as an NBC reporter that day more than 32 years ago…

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