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EU’s top health official investigated in a tobacco-linked fraud probe

A shady Maltese lobbyist, Sweden’s substitute for snuff, robberies against anti-smoking groups: the resignation of the EU’s top health official in a tobacco-linked “whodunnit” is shaking up Brussels. The EU’s executive pledged Monday that a fraud probe involving the outgoing health and consumer commissioner, John Dalli — who handed in…

Experts: Obesity rates among young people in Britain falling

Obesity rates in young people in Britain appear to be going into reverse, a top gathering of health officials heard Monday, as the message on the risks of being overweight seems to be getting through. Presenting research on obesity in Britain, Klim McPherson from Oxford University told the World Health…

American Indian activist Russell Means dies at 72

Sioux activist Russell Means, who helped bring the grievances of Native Americans to national and global attention in the 1970s before becoming a Hollywood actor, died Monday at the age of 72. “Our dad and husband now walks among our ancestors,” his family wrote in a statement on Means’ website.…

Green Party candidate accuses Obama of being a ‘climate denier’

Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein criticises president’s failure to address green issues during election campaign The Green party’s presidential candidate has called Barack Obama a “climate denier” for failing to talk about climate change during the elections. On the eve of the third and final presidential debate, the Green…

Pippa Middleton receives ‘startling’ recognition for new book

Kate Middleton’s younger sister Pippa describes her stardom — and the attention paid to her behind — after last year’s royal wedding as “startling”, in a book to be released this month. “It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that’s the right word) before the age of…

French police block adultery site from posting ads of politicos as womanizers

French police Monday blocked a Canadian adultery website from posting spoof ads casting presidents Francois Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande as womanisers, the site said. “What do all these men have in common? They should have thought of AshleyMadison.com,” runs the strapline of the cheeky ad, which…

Finnish prime minister unharmed after knife attack

A man wielding a knife tried to attack Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen in the south-western town of Turku on Monday, but was swiftly arrested by police, the prime minister’s office said in a statement. “Prime Minister Katainen’s security men have apprehended a person who had brought a sharp weapon…

European private equity group Permira buys Ancestry.com

European private equity group Permira will take over the popular Nasdaq-listed genealogy website Ancestry.com for $1.6 billion in cash, Permira announced on Monday. The European private equity firm offered $32 a share for the site, the company said, nearly 10 percent above Friday’s close and 41 percent over the company’s…

UN offers guidance on ‘cyberterrorism’

The United Nations published Monday a report offering guidance and support to countries on tackling “terrorists” who use the Internet to plan attacks, recruit and disseminate propaganda. “Just as Internet use among citizens has increased in the past few years, terrorist organisations also make extensive use of this indispensable global…

Pussy Riot band members sent to remote prison camps

Two members of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot have been sent to remote prison camps to serve their sentences, the group has said. Maria Alyokhina, 24, will serve the rest of her two-year term at a women’s prison camp in Perm, a Siberian region notorious for hosting some of…

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