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Gunmen kidnap son of former Pakistani prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani

Ali Haider Gilani, who is standing in the country’s elections, was seized today on the outskirts of the central city of Multan. Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his kin are one of the most powerful families in the area. “People came on a motorbike. They also had a…

John Kerry insists Syria’s Assad must step down

US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Thursday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will have to step down as part of any political solution in Syria, as he held a third day of talks on the bloody conflict. Speaking as he met Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Kerry said all sides…

Australia hunts for cruise ship couple who fell overboard into shark-infested waters

A search is underway off Australia for a couple who fell overboard into shark-infested waters from a cruise ship returning to Sydney from a Pacific tour. The 30-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were reported missing from the Carnival Spirit liner after it docked at Circular Quay in Sydney on Thursday…

Prince Charles criticizes ‘corporate lobbyists’ and climate change skeptics for turning Earth into a ‘dying patient’

Prince uses speech at St James’s Palace to single out ‘confirmed sceptics’ and environmentally unfriendly businesses The Prince of Wales has criticised “corporate lobbyists” and climate change sceptics for turning the earth into a “dying patient”, in his most outspoken attack yet on the world’s failure to tackle global warming.…

Assad says Hezbollah ‘a model for Syria’

Syria will “give Hezbollah everything” in recognition of its support and will follow the militant group’s model of “resistance” against Israel, a Lebanese newspaper on Thursday quoted President Bashar al-Assad as saying. His comments, published by Al-Akhbar, reportedly came during meetings with Lebanese visitors in Damascus and appeared intended to…

‘The Great Gatsby’ gets glittery 3D reboot from Leonardo DiCaprio and Baz Luhrmann

“The Great Gatsby” is an American classic. But that hasn’t stopped Australian director Baz Luhrmann from bringing his trademark style to the tale, set to a provocatively modern soundtrack. With Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, the movie depicts the wild glamour and energy of Roaring Twenties America, while also…

Michael Jackson estate blasts child sex ‘monster’ lawsuit

Lawyers for Michael Jackson’s estate have slammed a new lawsuit filed in Los Angeles claiming that the late King of Pop, who died in 2009, was a “monster” and child molester. Australian choreographer Wade Robson has filed a claim alleging “childhood sexual abuse,” despite testifying at a 2005 molestation trial…

Taliban threaten election day suicide attacks in Pakistan

The Taliban have sent suicide bombers to mount election-day attacks on Pakistan’s historic polls, a militant commander said on Thursday, following a bloody campaign which has claimed more than 100 lives. Saturday’s vote will be a democratic milestone in a country ruled for half its history by the military but…

Dow hits 15000 as percentage of Americans owning stocks hits a low

The Dow Jones industrial average punched through another milestone Tuesday: its first close above 15,000.(Richard Drew/AP) Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed for the…  …

McDonald’s to Charles Ramsey, Amanda Berry’s rescuer: ‘We’ll be in touch’

Via Twitter, McDonald’s has reached out to Ramsey, who helped Amanda Berry escape the house where she and two other women…  …

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