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Extremists deface headstones in Jerusalem Muslim cemetery with Stars of David

Suspected Jewish extremists scrawled anti-Arab graffiti on the headstones in an ancient Muslim cemetery in west Jerusalem, police and witnesses told AFP on Thursday. “The words ‘price tag’ and Stars of David were scrawled on around a dozen tombs in the Muslim cemetery in Mamilla in central Jerusalem,” a police…

Revealed: Corporations funded secret elections group long before ‘Citizens United’

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Some of the nation’s biggest corporations donated more than a million dollars to launch a Republican nonprofit that went on to play a key role in recent political fights. Like the nonprofit groups that poured money into last year’s elections, the decade-old State Government Leadership Foundation…

Filipino company specializes in sending online Valentine’s Day messages to loved ones abroad

Romantic Filipinos abroad have found a way to bridge the gap with loved ones at home on Valentine’s Day — via an online serenade service. Jane Soco, managing director of Harana.ph, said Thursday the company’s professional singers would lift the spirits of those left behind as their partners toil in…

Researchers find new owl species in Indonesia

Researchers in Indonesia unwittingly identified a new species of owl believed to be unique to the country, raising hopes of further new bird discoveries, a scientist said Thursday. The brown-and-white Rinjani Scops owl was first spotted in 2003 on the island of Lombok, while researchers were looking for another nocturnal…

Conservative Indonesian Muslims say Valentine’s Day promotes teen ‘sex parties’

Islamic conservatives in Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-populated nation, voiced opposition to Thursday’s Valentine’s Day celebrations, saying they promote teen “sex parties” and premarital sex. After the deputy mayor in the conservative city of Depok on Jakarta’s outskirts urged parents to stop their children from celebrating, local religious leaders voiced…

Warren Buffett’s company buys ketchup maker Heinz

Warren Buffett’s investment powerhouse Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital announced Thursday that they would take over venerable US ketchup maker Heinz in a deal valuing the company at $28 billion. The two will pay HJ Heinz shareholders $72.50 per share in cash, a 20 percent premium on Heinz’s Wednesday closing…

Bee Gees could have had a life of crime, says Gibb

The sole surviving member of the Bee Gees on Thursday revealed he and his brothers could easily have turned to crime rather than music as he unveiled a statue in their honour in Australia. Barry Gibb, with brothers Robin and Maurice, grew up in Redcliffe in Queensland state, where the…

Nuclear agency talks with Iran fail again

The chief UN atomic inspector said Thursday that talks with Iran had failed again to reach a deal on agreeing enhanced inspections of Tehran’s nuclear programme, and that no new meeting had been set. “We had discussions on the structured approach document but could not finalise the document,” Herman Nackaerts…

Romania abattoir says it has nothing to hide

Opening its doors to prove it has nothing to hide, a Romanian abattoir at the heart of a food scandal that has engulfed Europe insists it has never tried to pass horsemeat off as beef. Located in a snow-covered field in the remote northeastern village of Roma where residents can…

India leads day of ‘One Billion Rising’ for women

Indians were at the forefront of global protests on Thursday in the One Billion Rising campaign for women’s rights, galvanised by the recent fatal gang rape that shocked the country. Flashmobs, marches, singing and dances were planned in about 200 countries as part of the campaign’s day of action, timed…

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