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Venezuela inmates open jailhouse nightclub

Venezuelan inmates have opened their own nightclub and hosted friends and family at an inaugural bash complete with strippers and a light and sound show, a newspaper reported Saturday. The late-night party highlighted the plight of the crime-ridden country’s overcrowded penal system, where criminals often use bribery and intimidation to…

Bank of Cyprus savers could lose up to 60%

Big savers in Cyprus’s largest bank face losses of up to 60 percent, far greater than originally feared under the island’s controversial EU-led bailout plan, officials said on Saturday. Cyprus meanwhile launched an investigation into a list published in Greek newspapers of Cypriot politicians who allegedly had loans written off…

Germans seize Justin Bieber’s monkey

Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber had his pet monkey Mally confiscated when he arrived with the animal at Munich airport, officials and media reports said Saturday. Customs officials put the capuchin monkey in quarantine on Thursday because the 19-year-old pop sensation was unable to present the necessary documents for importing…

‘Herod the Great’ lives on in Israel’s columns, frescoes and desert palaces

Archeological excavations at Herodian, West Bank, Thursday, the artificial mountain where Herod the Great built his largest and most lavish palace, yielded much of the material for an immense Herod the Great exhibit at The Israel Museum in Jerusalem.(Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor…  …

New film ‘Blue Caprice’ explores 2002 ‘Beltway Sniper’ shooting spree

Joining a cacophonous debate over gun violence in the United States, a new film probes behind the headlines of a 2002 sniper spree that terrorized the area around the nation’s capital. Brooklyn-based French director Alexandre Moors’s film “Blue Caprice” premiered at the Sundance festival and was chosen to open the…

North Carolina takes down Confederate Civil War battle flag after protest

NAACP opposition indicates sensitivity of Southern symbols as country continues to mark 150th anniversary of Civil War William Faulkner once noted that in regards to the American South’s awareness of its troubled history, “the past is never dead. It’s not even past”. That sentiment – coming from one of the…

Massive extinct elephant bird egg up for auction

Copyright ImageClick to View Christie’s scientific specialist James Hyslop poses for photographs with a sub-fossilized pre-17th century Elephant Bird egg at the auction house’s premises in London. The extinct Elephant Bird species was native to Madagascar and among the heaviest known birds. (Matt Dunham…  …

More Americans willing to let undocumented immigrants stay: poll

Copyright ImageClick to View Immigrant rights protesters hold signs outside of Kluczynski Federal Building in downtown Chicago, last week. More Americans say there should be a way for illegal immigrants to remain in the US legally, if they meet certain requirements, according to a new poll by the Pew…  …

U.S. Navy ship removed from Philippine reef

Salvage teams on Saturday removed the last piece of a US Navy ship that was stuck on a UNESCO World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines for more than 10 weeks, the coast guard said. The stern of the USS Guardian was lifted off the Tubbataha Reef after the 68-metre…

NATO airstrike kills two Afghan children

A NATO helicopter strike killed two children in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, in the latest civilian casualties to beset the coalition’s war against Taliban militants. The operation close to Ghazni city was conducted after local people complained of a Taliban post targeting traffic convoys in the area, Mohammad…

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