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Netanyahu says Iran is near the ‘red line’ on nuclear program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that diplomacy has so far failed to deter Iran from pursuing its nuclear program, warning it was getting closer to crossing a crucial “red line.” “Iran is getting closer to that red line, and it is putting itself in that position to cross…

Prosecutor: Berlusconi hosted ‘prostitution system’ in Milan villa

Silvio Berlusconi hosted a “prostitution system” at his villa near Milan, where he paid women for sex with cash and favours, a prosecutor at the former prime minister’s trial said on Monday. Prosecutor Antonio Sangermano was presenting his final arguments ahead of a verdict expected later this month in Berlusconi’s…

Gay and lesbian couples look to Obama on immigration rights

Erwin de Leon married a US citizen nearly three years ago, but the Filipino is still in immigration limbo for one simple reason — his spouse is a man. De Leon and his husband John Beddingfield, the rector at an Episcopal church in Washington, were wed in the US capital…

Hackers attack top Czech news websites

Hackers attacked several top Czech news websites on Monday, overloading them with hundreds of thousands of requests per second to make them inaccessible, publishers said. “News servers have been facing a massive DDos (Distributed Denial of Service) attack since 8:30 am (0730 GMT),” iDNES.cz, the website of the top-selling Czech…

Queen Elizabeth II hospitalized for symptoms of gastroenteritis

Update: Queen Elizabeth II was released Monday morning, according to CNN. Queen Elizabeth II was spending Monday in hospital suffering from the symptoms of gastroenteritis, having been admitted for the first time in 10 years. The British monarch was not expected to leave the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in…

Removal of Berlin Wall temporarily halted due to protests

A property developer in Germany at the centre of running protests over part of the once-detested Berlin Wall being knocked down said on Monday that the dismantling had been temporarily halted. While dozens of protestors again gathered at the Wall’s longest surviving stretch, Maik Uwe Hinkel, the head of the…

Putin marks one year re-election anniversary with popularity, despite political crackdowns

Russian President Vladimir Putin marked a year since his election to a third term on Monday riding a tide of popularity despite his crackdown on political freedoms and tense ties with the United States. The 60-year-old former KGB spy won an overwhelming 63.6 percent of the vote in March 4…

German IT market sees growth thanks to tablets and smartphones

A booming market for smartphones and tablet computers was expected to drive the German IT sector higher in 2013, although growth was slowing slightly, said industry lobby BITKOM on the eve of the world’s top high-tech fair. BITKOM said it expected sales growth of 1.4 percent in the sector for…

Vatican tailor prepares for next pope

Nobody knows what the measurements of the next pope will be so Gammarelli — tailors to the papacy since the 18th century — have produced vestments in small, medium and large just in case. “We have prepared three vestments in white wool, a stole, red loafers, a skullcap, as well…

Polls open in Kenyan elections after gun attacks

Long lines of Kenyans queued from far before dawn as polls opened Monday for hard-fought elections, hours after several policemen were killed in an ambush in the port city of Mombasa. The elections are the first since bloody post-poll violence five years ago in which over 1,100 people were killed,…

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