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The Philippines’ mortician to the stars

Before dictator Ferdinand Marcos and a host of other famous Philippine figures met their Maker, they met Frank Malabed. An assassinated democracy hero, a soft-porn star, high-profile socialites and political statesmen are others to have been sent to the afterlife by the country’s most prominent — and arguably passionate —…

California rejects GM food label plan

California voters rejected on Tuesday a proposal to force food companies to label products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients, officials said, based on a majority of votes. California rejected the so-called Prop 37 — which would have been a first for a US state — with 54 percent against and…

Egypt’s Morsi hopes Obama win boosts ‘friendship’

Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday hailed his US counterpart Barack Obama re-election and said he hoped it would strengthen the “friendship” between their two countries. Morsi hoped for a “strengthening of the friendship between the two countries to serve their common interests, namely justice, freedom and peace,” in…

Palestinian president welcomes Obama win

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday congratulated US President Barack Obama on his re-election and called on him to pursue Middle East peace efforts. Abbas “congratulated US President Barak Obama on his re-election as US president for a second term,” said a statement carried by official news agency WAFA. “The…

London’s US expats stage all-night election party

US expatriates in London on Wednesday bedded in for all-night parties fueled by homely refreshments as they nervously awaited the results of the presidential election. Guests at the US embassy in the British capital donned red, white and blue party hats and pin badges of candidates Barack Obama and Mitt…

Sick bird study could point to bird flu clues

House finches avoid sick members of their own species, scientists said in a finding that could be useful for tracking the spread of diseases like bird flu that also affects humans. Laboratory tests showed that the house finch, a particularly social North American species, was able to tell the difference…

Fiji leader says constitution boss wants to hijack reforms

Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama has accused the academic charged with drafting the Pacific nation’s new constitution of “hijacking” the reform process and overstepping his role. But Bainimarama, who seized power in a 2006 coup, denied harassing Constitutional Commission chairman Yash Ghai and called on the Kenyan scholar to consider…

Election most tweeted event in US political history

Election day in the United States became the most tweeted about event in US political history Tuesday with enthusiastic netizens firing off 20 million poll-related tweets, the social network said. Americans flocked to Twitter and other platforms all day in a massive social media burst, posting photographic proof they had…

Florida voters defeat anti-abortion constitutional amendment

Florida voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative that would have prohibited public funds from paying for abortion care except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother. Florida’s Amendment 6 would have also prevented “privacy rights” in the state constitution from being used to…

Alan Grayson to rejoin U.S. House

Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) will return to Congress after defeating Republican candidate Todd Long. “I’m going to do my best when it comes to jobs, when it comes to housing, when it comes to education [and] when it comes to human needs,” Grayson told his supporters, according to the…

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