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Syrian opposition say kidnapped bishops are ‘in good health’

Two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria last month are “in good health,” though there is no news on their whereabouts, an opposition official told reporters Saturday in Istanbul. “Two or three days ago, a doctor visited the two bishops. They are in good health,” said Abdul Ahad Steipho, member of…

Top chefs say Latin America will become culinary superpower

The world’s top chefs say it’s only a matter of time before Latin America, home to Brazil’s black bean stew “feijoada,” Peru’s refreshing raw fish “ceviche” and Mexico’s street tacos, cooks its way into gastronomy’s elite. Spanish pastry king Jordi Roca and Danish chef Rene Redzepi, who runs the kitchen…

Florida squatter found with more than a dozen dead cats in freezer

A foreclosure eviction in Tampa, Florida yielded a grisly find for authorities on Thursday, as they found not only a squatter on the property, but dozens of dead and diseased cats. WPEC-TV reported on Saturday that 66-year-old James Hopkins was discovered on the premises, which belonged to another person. Besides…

Documentary on Khmer Rouge atrocities wins top award at Cannes

A documentary on relatives wiped out in the Khmer Rouge’s tyrannical grip on Cambodia in the 1970s earned Cambodian-French director Rithy Panh a major prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. Entitled “L’Image Manquante” — “The Missing Picture” in English — the 95-minute work earned the top award in…

The Wire creator David Simon eviscerates the dystopia creating war on drugs

David Simon surged into the American mainstream with a bleak vision of the devastation wrought by drugs on his home town of Baltimore – The Wire, hailed by many as the greatest television drama of all time. But what keeps him there is his apocalyptic and unrelenting heresy over the…

Hackers attack official Saudi websites

Cyber hackers attacked several official Saudi websites on Saturday, posting an Algerian flag on their homepages that later vanished, local media reported. The website of the information ministry was among the hacked sites, according to state news broadcaster Al-Ekhbariya and newspapers. The websites of Al-Ekhbariya itself, along with sports channel…

Google defends listing extremist sites: Legal information will be indexed

Google’s indexing of extremist websites helps police track their activity and will continue, the company’s chief told an audience at the Hay festival. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, was asked to act to take down terrorist-sympathising websites from his search engines during a question and answer session at the…

Female Halo 3 gamers receive three times as many negative comments online

The male-dominated online environment in first-person-shooter games is a markedly hostile place for women. Female gamers playing Halo 3 receive roughly three times as many negative comments compared to a male player, research published in the June issue of New Media & Society found. “In summary, this study has established…

Roman Polanski complains birth control pills are ‘masculinizing’ women

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski on Saturday blamed birth control pills for “masculinising” women, as he premiered what he called a satire on sexism. Polanski unveiled “Venus in Fur” starring his wife Emmanuelle Seigner, which was the last movie in competition to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Asked by…

Chuck Hagel: Military sexual assault ‘a profound betrayal of sacred oaths’

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday called for the “scourge” of sexual assaults within the military to be “stamped out,” in a speech at the West Point military academy in New York. Speaking at a graduation ceremony for newly commissioned officers, the Pentagon chief emphasized it would be their…

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