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Doctors remove 28-kilo tumor from German woman previously diagnosed ‘obese’

BERLIN: Doctors in Germany said on Friday they had removed a tumour weighing 28 kilogrammes from a 60-year-old woman who had previously been diagnosed as obese. A spokesman from the university clinic in the eastern city of Dresden said the woman, Irmtraud Eichler, had made a full recovery after the…

Italy’s Berlusconi sentenced to four years for tax fraud

ITALY’S former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud connected to his Mediaset television channels. He was also banned from holding public office for three years, a Milan court said last night. Berlusconi was accused of having artificially inflated the price of…

George Clooney doesn’t show for Berlusconi sex trial in Italy

Hollywood star George Clooney failed to appear Friday to give evidence in the trial of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on sex charges, leading the prosecutor to accuse the defence of seeking to slow down the proceedings. Clooney and his former fiancee Elisabetta Canalis have been named as defence…

London exhibition offers maggot-filled cupcakes and other ‘diseased desserts’

Maggot therapy cupcakes, gingerbread cigarettes and a severed leg cake are being served up Friday at a London museum which aims to educate the public about disease. “Eat Your Heart Out 2012″ at St. Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum features anatomically-accurate cakes, cookies and cocktails plus information on the diseases which inspired…

U.S. economy grew 2 percent in third quarter

The US economy grew at an annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter from the second quarter, the government said Friday in its first estimate for the July-September period. The expansion was a bit stronger than the 1.9 percent expected by most analysts, and much better than the…

Wet toilet paper clogs sewers in Britain

By Leo Benedictus, The Guardian Increasingly fussy bathroom habits are directly to blame for clogged pipes and human waste bubbling up into our streets and homes. Time was when British bottoms were built to withstand the crinkliest, shiniest toilet paper available, and in some cases even to enjoy it. But…

New York Times blocked in China after reporting on premier’s wealth

Authorities censor publication after revelations that the premier’s relatives have accumulated billions during his leadership China’s foreign ministry has accused the New York Times of smearing the country by reporting that premier Wen Jiabao’s extended family has controlled assets worth at least $2.7bn (£1.67bn). Spokesman Hong Lei said the report “blackens China’s…

Spanish unemployment tops 25 percent

Spain announced Friday that its unemployment rate broke the 25-percent barrier for the first time as austerity cuts squeezed the recession-struck economy. Tens of thousands of jobs were destroyed in the third quarter, even as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government raised taxes, cut spending and pondered whether to snatch a…

Malala attack response ‘turning point’ for Pakistan, says father

The response of Pakistan to the shooting by the Taliban of the schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was a “turning point” for the country, her father said Friday at the British hospital where is recovering. “When she fell, Pakistan stood… This is a turning point,” Ziauddin Yousafzai said, adding that 15-year-old Malala…

Lagarde chides banks for ‘pushback’ on reforms

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde lashed out Thursday at banks for resisting financial reforms, warning that delay in implementation could stall the global economic recovery. “Some reforms are meeting strong resistance,” Lagarde, the managing director of the Washington-based institution, said in a speech in Toronto. “There are many vested…

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