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SNL’s ‘Arianna’ on Clinton testimony: ‘The last thing Rand Paul grilled that long was a possum’

On Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update with Seth Meyers yesterday, “Arianna Huffington” commented on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony, women in combat, and more. “I mean the last thing Rand Paul grilled that long was a possum,” she said of the line of questioning aimed at Clinton. She went…

Mohamed Morsi declares emergency in three Egyptian cities

by Patrick Kingsley State of emergency and curfews announced for Port Said, Ismailiya and Suez in response to wave of political violence President Mohamed Morsi has announced a state of emergency in three cities near Egypt’s Suez Canal, following four days of civil unrest that have left at least 40…

Turkey bans hookah in public places

After banning smoking in public places, the Turkish government has gone one step further by clamping down on an ancient tradition — the hookah, or water pipe. As of Sunday it is no longer permitted to smoke the “hubbly-bubbly” in cafes, bars or restaurants as the conservative Islamic government cracks…

Obama: GOP ‘punished on Fox News’ and by Limbaugh for working with Democrats

The New Republic interviewed President Obama earlier this month, discussing his new term in office, gun control, the media’s role in partisan politics, LGBT rights, and the civil war in Syria. In a discussion of gun control, Obama said he wanted to ensure that the legislative strategy was combined “with…

Gambling regulations in some Asian countries allows only foreigners to play

The casino industry is booming across Asia, offering anyone looking for high-stakes action a wide choice of venues, from high-tech South Korea to the Himalayan nation of Nepal and communist Vietnam. Anyone, that is, except South Koreans, Nepalese or Vietnamese. For conservative Asian countries, the financial pros and social cons…

Connecticut cops kicked and stomped on man downed by stun gun: video

The police chief in Bridgeport, Conn., the state’s largest city, moved three officers to desk duty after a video appeared on YouTube in which they stomped on and repeatedly kicked a man after a stun gun had already rendered him inert, reported the Associated Press. The video is from May…

French health body probes acne medication linked to deaths

French health regulator ANSM has launched a probe into the drug Diane-35, used to treat acne and also as a contraceptive, after linking it to four deaths over the past 25 years. Produced by the German drugmaker Bayer, Diane-35 is authorised in 135 countries and sold in 116. In 2012,…

Cities affect weather thousands of kilometers away: study

Heat from large cities alters local streams of high-altitude winds, potentially affecting weather in locations thousands of kilometres (miles) away, researchers said on Sunday. The findings could explain a long-running puzzle in climate change — why some regions in the northern hemisphere are strangely experiencing warmer winters than computer models…

Thousands gather in Paris to support same-sex marriage

Thousands of gay rights campaigners packed the streets of Paris on Sunday to call for the legalisation of gay marriage, two days before a key parliamentary debate on the hugely divisive issue. Waving rainbow flags and carrying banners reading “For equality now, against discrimination always”, the demonstrators gathered to promote…

McCain ‘guardedly optimistic’ about immigration reform

Bitterly divided US lawmakers on Sunday expressed optimism that they could unite on immigration reform that would provide a pathway to citizenship for more than 10 million illegal migrants. “I’m confident, guardedly optimistic, that this time we can get it done,” Republican Senator John McCain told ABC News, confirming that…

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