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Excavation of Cologne’s medieval Jewish quarter shows ‘long phases of peace’ with Christians

After long being sidelined for Roman excavations, an archaeological dig in western Germany has unearthed myriad traces of daily life in one of Europe’s oldest and biggest Jewish communities. From ceramic dishes and tools to toys, animal bones and jewellery, some 250,000 artefacts have so far shed light on various…

Natural gas extraction causing frequent quakes, property damage in northern Netherlands

Farmers living atop Europe’s largest gas field in the isolated northern Netherlands are angry at increasingly frequent earthquakes caused by extraction. Freezing winds and a glimmer of cold light pass through the three-foot by two-inch (one metre by five centimetre) crack in Martha and Jan Bos’s stable in Middelstum, a…

U.S. finally removes minesweeper from UN-protected coral reef

The Philippines on Sunday welcomed the removal of a US minesweeper that had been stuck on a protected coral reef for 10 weeks, but stressed that compensation must be paid for the environmental damage. Salvage crews contracted by the US Navy Saturday extracted the last remaining piece of the USS…

Two dead after H7N9 avian flu strain makes jump to humans

Two people in China have died after being infected with H7N9 avian influenza — a sub-type that had not previously been transmitted to humans — the government said Sunday. An 87-year-old man in Shanghai fell ill on February 19 and died on March 4, while a man aged 27 in…

ExxonMobil still working to stop oil spill after tar sands pipeline ruptured

Emergency crews sent by US oil giant ExxonMobil worked Sunday to contain several thousand gallons of crude oil that spilled from a ruptured company pipeline in central Arkansas, the corporation said. The rupture occurred Friday afternoon in a section of the Pegasus pipeline near the town of Mayflower, which has…

Six Palestinians arrested after stones thrown at Jews at al-Asri mosque on Temple Mount

Israeli police arrested six Palestinians after stones were thrown at Israelis visiting Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday during the Jewish Passover holiday, a spokesman said. “There was a regular scheduled visit on Temple Mount,” spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, using the Jewish name for the compound which is…

Autographed copy of Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ auctioned for almost $300,000

A rare, signed copy of The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” has been sold for a record $290,500 at auction, The Hollywood Reporter said. The entertainment magazine reported on its website that the album, signed by all four members of the famous band, was purchased Saturday through…

Same-sex marriage opinion shift leaves conservative lawmakers and pundits scrambling

This being the Easter/Passover Spring break for Congress, you’d think lawmakers back in…  …

Guantanamo hunger strikers ready for death: lawyer

His body ravaged and weakened by a 50-day hunger strike staged in protest at alleged mistreatment of Korans at Guantanamo jail, Abd al-Malik Abd al-Wahab has a message for his loved ones. “Tell my family if I die to forgive me,” said Abd al-Wahab, a 33-year-old Yemeni national who has…

Princess Diana ‘went to gay bar in drag’ with Queen’s Freddie Mercury

Queen singer Freddie Mercury disguised the late Princess Diana as a male model and smuggled her into a notorious gay bar, according to a memoir serialised in Britain’s Sunday Times Comedian Cleo Rocos describes in her book “The Power of Positive Drinking” how she, Mercury and fellow comedian Kenny Everett…

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