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India drop heroin-tainted boxer Vijender from squad

India’s Olympic bronze-medallist boxer Vijender Singh will not take part in two upcoming events following police accusations that he consumed heroin, a top official said on Saturday. Vijender will not be selected in the Indian squad for tournaments in Cyprus and Cuba that serve as a prelude to the world…

Cthulhu fhtagn! Indescribably terrifying microbes named for H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters

This incomprehensibly horrifying scanning electron microscope image shows Cthulhu macrofasciculumque, a symbiotic protist that resides in the hindgut of a termite. The scale bar is 10 micrometers. (PLOS ONE) Suckling unnamable ichor as they slither through the viscous, shrieking madness of the intestinal…  …

FBI interviews ex-CIA chief David Petraeus over secret files scandal

FBI agents interviewed ex-CIA chief David Petraeus to probe whether secret files had been passed to the woman at the center of the scandal that brought him down, USA Today reported. Petraeus, America’s most celebrated military leader in a generation, stepped down in November as head of the spy agency…

Evacuation warnings, missile fears stoke North Korea crisis

Foreign diplomats in Pyongyang huddled on Saturday to discuss a North Korean evacuation advisory as concerns grew that the isolated state was preparing a missile launch at a time of soaring nuclear tensions. The heads of all EU missions had agreed to meet to hammer out a common position after…

Radioactive water ‘may have leaked’ from Fukushima

Radioactive water may have leaked into the ground from a tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operator said on Saturday, the latest in a series of troubles at the crippled facility. Up to 120 tonnes of contaminated water may have escaped from one of the seven underground…

Satirist Bassem Youssef not letting up on Egyptian president despite charges against him

Egyptian humorist Bassem Youssef again satirised President Mohamed Morsi in his first television show since facing charges of insulting the country’s leader and Islam. “I would love to know how you make your decisions,” Youssef said of Morsi, comparing him to a magician drawing his ideas out of a hat.…

Italy pardons U.S. Air Force officer involved in Iran kidnapping

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday pardoned a US air force officer who had been convicted for his role in the CIA’s kidnapping of an Egyptian imam in Milan in 2003. “The president… has granted a pardon to Colonel Joseph L. Romano III”, who was sentenced to five years in…

Poet Pablo Neruda’s body to be exhumed on April 8

The remains of Chilean Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed Monday to determine if he died of cancer or was poisoned, according to the judge on the case. The leftist, who died 12 days after the 1973 military coup that ousted socialist president Salvador Allende and brought…

‘Room 237′ examines conspiracy theories and possible hidden meanings in Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

Have you ever watched a movie and thought the filmmaker was sending you surreptitious signals? More to the point, do you think Stanley Kubrick’s deeply creepy 1980 classic “The Shining…  …

Sen. Scott Brown … of New Hampshire?

US Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts watches a traditional drum ritual of the Pequot tribe during the 11th annual ‘Keeping the Dream Alive’ dinner commemorating the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death Thursday in Nashua, N.H. (Will Wrobel/The Telegraph/…  …

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