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Comedy lampooning the rich the highest-grossing film in Mexican cinema history

How the mighty have fallen in Mexico — at least on movie screens and in social media. A comedy lampooning the rich has become the highest-grossing film in Mexican cinema history, with five million moviegoers laughing at the story of a construction tycoon fooling his spoilt children into a life…

UPDATE: ‘Very serious’ ammonia leak outside International Space Station

[This story was updated at 7:24 AM ET.] Russian and US space experts were scrambling to address a “very serious” ammonia leak outside the International Space Station that may require astronauts to perform an emergency spacewalk, a Russian official said on Friday. “Indeed, they have a serious defect, very serious,”…

Woman rescued alive from Bangladesh garment factory rubble: TV

A woman was pulled alive Friday from the ruins of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh more than 16 days after it collapsed and killed over 1,000 people, live television footage showed. The miraculous rescue came shortly after emergency officials announced that the woman called Reshmi had been located under…

Brazilian woman shot in mouth with spear gun survives

A young Brazilian woman was accidentally shot in the mouth with a spear gun, with the projectile punching out the back of her neck but she survived, a doctor said. Elisangela Borborema Rosa’s husband was cleaning the underwater fishing device when it went off. It punctured her pharynx, broke two…

Video of bicycling bear attacking monkey sparks outrage in China

A viral video of a bear attacking a monkey after the two fell off their bicycles at a Chinese zoo has sparked outrage among animal rights activists, but an official on Friday defended the show. A minute-and-a-half long video surfaced this week showing the bear biting and clawing the monkey…

Desmond Tutu ‘will no longer vote for ANC’ –the party that brought Nelson Mandela to power

Desmond Tutu will not vote for South Africa’s ruling African National Congress, which brought Nelson Mandela to power exactly 19 years ago, the Nobel Peace laureate said in an article published Friday. Massive poverty, inequality and falling standards have cost the ANC the retired archbishop’s support, he said in an…

Feminists oppose opening of life-sized ‘Barbie Dreamhouse’ attraction

The opening this month of the first life-sized Barbie Dreamhouse in Europe may be the fantasy of many a little girl, but Berlin feminists are mobilising against what they call a sexist icon. With her ironed-straight blond tresses, doe-like baby blue eyes, blinding smile and super-human measurements, the mistress of…

Judge questions efforts of NYPD’s stop-and-frisk ‘all-star’ Kha Dang who was ‘wrong 95 percent of the time’

Kha Dang, who made just six arrests out of 127 stops in summer 2009, insists officers were not stopping people without cause In late summer 2009, few New York City police officers could match Kha Dang in street stops. Working with an aggressive plainclothes unit in Brooklyn’s 88th precinct, the…

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt battles genocide charges

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt denied charges he ordered a massacre of indigenous people during his 1982-1983 regime, as he testified for the first time at his genocide trial. “I declare myself innocent,” the 86-year-old told the court after asking to take the stand in the final arguments of…

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: ‘Political, not military’ solutions needed in Middle East

The problems that plague the Middle East, including Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Syria’s civil war, require “political, not military” solutions, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. Saying the “old order” was vanishing in the region, Hagel stressed in a speech that the United States would work to promote democratic reform…

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