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Norwegian journalist publishes book of emails from mass killer Anders Behring Breivik

A Norwegian publisher on Monday released a book of some of Anders Behring Breivik’s email correspondence that show how he prepared for his July 2011 attacks that left 77 people dead. The correspondence supports an Oslo court verdict last month that presumed Breivik sane, the book’s author Kjetil Stormark said.…

Russia becomes latest country to require graphic warnings on cigarette packs

Russia on Monday unveiled a series of graphic images, including of a gangrenous foot and a still-born baby, that will be printed on cigarette packs as the country tries to trim its sky-high rates of smoking. The health ministry published photographs on its website for use by cigarette companies, which…

Billionaire Russian politician delays launch of country’s first hybrid vehicle

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s auto division announced Monday it was delaying until late 2014 this year’s planned launch of the petrol-guzzling country’s first hybrid vehicle. But it also insisted the “Yo Mobile” was never meant to be a publicity stunt to win the politically ambitious tycoon votes in this spring’s…

Forest officials suspended after smuggled tiger cubs from Bangladesh’s Sundarbans forest recovered

Bangladesh said on Monday that nine forest officials had been suspended for “gross negligence” after three Bengal tiger cubs were found in a house in Dhaka where they were being kept by smugglers. Bangladesh’s elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) rescued the two-month-old cubs in June after a tip-off that the…

Pakistani ‘blasphemy’ girl still imprisoned after bail hearing

A Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that has sparked international outcry must spend at least four more days in jail after a court adjourned a bail hearing on Monday. Judge Muhammad Azam Khan has repeatedly delayed bail proceedings for Rimsha Masih, who was arrested last month accused of burning papers containing verses…

Marshmallows making foodie comeback in France

Marshmallows roasted over a campfire may be a staple of American childhood, but few realise the pillowy treats were invented in 19th-century France, where they are bouncing back into foodie fashion. Sweet or salty, flavoured with fruit, flowers, vegetables — even fish — classic versions and novel takes on the puffy pastel-coloured…

WHO: Unganda Ebola outbreak ‘coming to an end’

Uganda’s latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus appears to be over, the World Health Organisation said Monday, pointing out that no new cases had been confirmed for the past month. “There have been no new confirmed cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever reported in Kibaale district, Uganda, since August 3, 2012, indicating that the outbreak is…

U.S. ramps up pressure on Iran to avoid war

US President Barack Obama’s administration is undertaking “a range of steps short of war” that it hopes will prevent an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The New York Times reported Monday. The measures are designed to force Tehran to negotiate more seriously over its nuclear programand offer Israeli officials a credible alternative to…

Pakistan imam held in ‘blasphemy girl’ case

A Pakistani cleric who accused a young Christian girl of blasphemy in a case that sparked international concern was remanded in custody Sunday on suspicion of evidence-tampering and desecrating the Koran. The girl, Rimsha, has been held in prison since being arrested in the poor Islamabad suburb of Mehrabad more…

30 dead as Kurdish rebels clash with Turkish forces

Kurdish rebels wielding rocket launchers and machine-guns attacked a security base in southeast Turkey, triggering a firefight that left 30 people dead, local officials said Monday. Ten soldiers were killed and seven wounded in the attack in the province of Sirnak, the local government said, while other sources said about…

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