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9 Thai couples lock lips for ‘kiss in’ to break 50-hour world record

Nine Thai couples locked lips Tuesday in hope of setting a new record for the world’s longest kiss, but the attempt proved too much for two septuagenarians who dropped out after just one hour. The participants, who must kiss for more than 50 hours, 25 minutes and one second to…

Granddaughters say Nelson Mandela is a ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ fan

Women claim ex-president is fan of pageant series denounced as ‘gaggingly vomitous’, as they launch their own reality show It seemed that Nelson Mandela’s life, from prison on Robben Island to president of South Africa, had been documented from every conceivable angle. Yet on Friday came a fresh revelation that…

N. Korea’s nuclear test jolts Obama ahead of State of Union address

North Korea’s nuclear blast thrust President Barack Obama into an alarming new overseas crisis Tuesday, at the moment he hoped to use his annual State of the Union address to focus on jobs. With a characteristic sense of timing, Pyongyang set off its underground nuclear test as Obama polished a…

Uganda deports British producer behind LGBT-themed play

Uganda has deported a British theatre producer who last year staged a play about homosexuality, which is illegal in Uganda, the British High Commission said Tuesday. David Cecil was arrested in September on charges of disobeying orders to cancel the staging of a play whose main character was a gay…

Colombian farmers learning how to clear their home of landmines

When she was 15, an anti-personnel mine blast nearly killed Gloria Nancy Vasquez as she traveled in rural northwestern Colombia. Now she’s learning how to unearth the deadly explosives. Vasquez, 23, has joined a team of local volunteers being trained by a British organisation to remove landmines from the heavily…

Limbless turtle moving swimmingly after getting prosthetic flippers

A sea turtle that lost her front legs to a shark attack was bidding to match “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday, as she donned the latest in artificial flipper technology in Japan. Yu, an approximately 25-year-old female loggerhead turtle, was test-driving her 27th pair of artificial front legs around…

Slain American included in morbid Taliban slideshow

The Pakistani Taliban have included a Briton and an American in a slideshow of fighters killed in battle that also eulogises Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden. According to the US monitoring service SITE, the 12-minute, 56-second video was posted on jihadist websites on February 6 and was prepared by Umar…

Wheelchair tennis star retires after 10-year winning streak

Dutch wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer announced her retirement on Tuesday after an astonishing unbroken run of 470 wins spanning more than 10 years. “A special day: officially stopping tennis,” Vergeer, 31, wrote on the micro-blogging, without elaborating on her reasons for retiring. Vergeer, who won four Paralympic tennis singles…

After Pope’s surprise retirement, a shocked media speculates on successor

The world’s media speculated on whether the next pontiff may come from the developing world, while paying mixed tributes to Pope Benedict XVI following his shock resignation announcement. The 85-year-old Benedict said on Monday that he would step down at the end of this month because of health reasons, becoming…

American and U.S. Airways close to aviation mega-merger

American Airlines and US Airways are close to striking a merger deal that would create the largest airline in the United States in the latest bout of consolidation in the US aviation industry. Officials from the two companies declined to comment, but The Wall Street Journal reported that their boards…

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