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Femen activists stage topless protests across Europe in support of Arab women’s rights

Bare-breasted activists staged rallies in front of mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe Thursday against what they called an Islamist crackdown on Arab women’s rights. Protesters from the Ukrainian women’s power group Femen held “International Topless Jihad Day” in capitals such as Berlin, Kiev and Paris and painted their torsos…

Hillary Clinton to pen ‘ultimate book’ on world affairs

Hillary Clinton, whose every move is being scrutinized for signs that she might make a 2016 presidential run, announced Thursday she’s penning a book outlining her views on the United States’ role in the world. The ex-secretary of state’s first book since leaving office will be published by Simon &…

Hackers attack North Korea news website

Activist hackers appeared Thursday to have infiltrated North Korea’s official news website and its accompanying Twitter and Flickr feeds, posting unflattering images of leader Kim Jong-Un. The China-based website of Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the North’s state media, was inaccessible and its companion feeds attacked and defaced.…

Study ties baldness to heart disease

This only applied to men who have hair loss from the top and in front of their heads. Those with a receding hairline are reportedly not affected.  …

Iowa’s mysterious ‘Project Catapult’ data center grows bigger

There’s something mysterious happening in Iowa—a massive data center is going up, thought to be the home of a next-generation facility from Apple, Google, or another major provider. The Planning and Zoning Commission of Altoona, a suburb of Des Moines, has approved a 25 percent bump in the proposed…  …

Watch: First glimpse of deadly sinkhole in Florida

Jeremy Bush, right, is consoled by an unidentified woman last month as he sits outside a home where a sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom, swallowing his brother, Jeffrey Bush, in Seffner, Fla. (Chris O’Meara/AP) Florida’s Hillsborough County has made public the first…  …

Researchers argue Britain now has seven distinct classes –including ‘new affluent workers’ and ‘precariats’

A new survey of 166,000 Britons found that instead of the three traditional classes – upper, middle, and working – that are prominent in shows like ‘Downton Abbey,’ shown at left, now there are seven distinct strata.(PBS/AP) Britain’s infamous class system has become…  …

British police treat attacks on goths as ‘hate crimes’

A British police force on Thursday began recording attacks on goths and punks as “hate crimes” similar to those suffered by people targeted because of their race, religion or sexual orientation. Police in Manchester, northwest England, said the new policy would allow them to better protect goths, easily identified on…

Chechnya president: Skyscraper fire ‘God’s will’

Chechnya strongman Ramzan Kadyrov sought to play down a massive fire that raged at a showcase complex symbolising the mainly Muslim Russian region’s recovery from war, putting the incident down to God’s will. The fire took place at a complex of seven skyscrapers in the centre of Grozny where Kremlin…

China reports tenth case of H7N9 bird flu

Chinese authorities on Thursday reported a man in the eastern province of Zhejiang has been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, the tenth human case of the disease which has claimed three lives. The 64-year-old from Huzhou city was admitted to hospital on March 31 after being ill…

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