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Angelina Jolie’s aunt dies of breast cancer

Angelina Jolie’s aunt has lost her battle with breast cancer, it was reported, just weeks after the Oscar-winning actress announced that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy. The Hollywood entertainment website E! News cited Jolie’s uncle, Ron Martin, as saying that his wife, Debbie — the younger sister of…

Guardian launches paywall-free online-only Australian edition

Britain’s Guardian newspaper on Monday launched a new online edition in Australia where print media is struggling, pledging an independent perspective and a multimedia approach. The Guardian, the world’s third most read newspaper website, unveiled the new site with an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and a pledge…

Rabbi charged in 2006 sexual assault of 15-year-old boy

An Illinois rabbi was arrested Sunday and charged with sexual assault of a minor, in an incident alleged to have occurred almost seven years ago. Police were notified at the time that Larry Dudovitz, 45, had assaulted a 15-year-old boy in his sleep, but the family was unsure about pressing…

Child lured by kidnappers through Facebook rescued by police

Police in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi on Monday rescued a teenage boy who was kidnapped for a half-million dollar ransom after apparently being lured through Facebook, officers and relatives said. Officers raided the gang’s hideout to the west of the sprawling city, which is plagued by gang violence and extortion…

Florida woman delivers baby in front of hospital

A Florida woman went into labor Thursday night and didn’t quite make it to the hospital on time, delivering her new baby right in front of the emergency room, gripping the arms of a wheelchair with midwife looking on. Amy Beth Cavaretta, 36, was fortunate enough to have a friend…

90-year-old woman finds teen sweetheart’s diary in World War II museum

A 90-year-old woman made an astonishing discovery at the National World War II museum recently: searching for a display that she thought might mention her high school sweetheart she instead found his diary, containing a note asking whoever found the book to give it to her. “I figured I’d see…

Vietnam arrests popular blogger for ‘abusing democratic freedoms’

A prominent Vietnamese blogger has been arrested for posting articles critical of the communist government, reports said on Monday, in the latest crackdown on dissent in the authoritarian country. Truong Duy Nhat, 49, was arrested Sunday at his home in coastal Danang city and escorted to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi for…

Cash-strapped Italians abandoning autos for bicycles

Bikes are outselling cars in cash-strapped Italy but while cyclists in Milan say their city is ready for a two-wheel lifestyle, there are daily nuisances for riders on Rome’s trafficked streets. Some cities in Italy have bike-sharing initiatives, bike paths and public awareness schemes, while cyclists are still barely tolerated…

South African teen due in court Monday over family axe murder

A South African teenager will appear in court on Monday for allegedly hacking to death four family members with an axe, including his mother and an infant sister. The Benoni Magistrates court will hear the case after the 14-year-old spent the weekend in custody over the grizzly murder of his…

Hanged U.S. scientist’s body may be exhumed again in Singapore

The body of an American scientist found hanged in Singapore last year may be exhumed for a second autopsy in a bid to prove he was murdered, his father said Monday. “Based on my investigations, I believed that Shane did not commit suicide,” Rick Todd, an airline pilot, said in…

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