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Muslim fashion designer covers up models during New York Fashion Week

Designers love to push boundaries in the search for that sexy catwalk look, but Nzinga Knight, an American Muslim, takes an even more daring tack: covering her models up. At New York Fashion Week, which starts Thursday, impossibly tall, slinky creatures will sashay down the runways at Lincoln Center in clothes…

Romney hunkers down to prep for debates during DNC

Republican nominee Mitt Romney steps off the campaign trail for much of this week as he prepares for next month’s crucial debates against Barack Obama, whose Democrats are gathering to re-nominate the president. Aides said the newly crowned Republican flagbearer will spend most of Tuesday through Thursday in the northeastern state of Vermont, adjacent…

Bangladesh busts courier service DHL heroin racket

Bangladesh police said Tuesday they had busted a gang of suspected heroin smugglers who had been using international courier service DHL to ship drugs from Pakistan to London via Dhaka. Five men are accused of using the method at least 60 times since 2008, sending drugs via the post to London using Bangladesh as a transit point, assistant police commissioner Touhidul Islam told…

Gallaudet University at forefront for deaf students

With a funny anecdote, college football player Tony Tatumrecently sparked a rousing round of applause. The only thing is, you couldn’t hear much clapping. But you could see it. Those listening to the charismatic student emphatically waved their hands in the air in a sign of appreciation — because Tatumand his audience…

First Lady Michelle Obama first up at DNC

Democrats kick off their 2012 convention Tuesday, with First Lady Michelle Obama firing the first shots of a three-day salvo aimed at breaking the electoral deadlock with rival Republicans. With just 63 days until Americans decide who will occupy the Oval Office for the next four years, the First Lady will make the…

UN urges action to stave off global food crisis

The United Nations warned Tuesday of a possible repeat of the 2007-2008 food crisis and called on world leaders to act quickly to prevent a catastrophe which would affect tens of millions of people. “The current situation in world food markets, characterized by sharp increases in maize, wheat and soybean prices, has raised fears of a…

Moon’s death threatens Unification Church stability

The death of Sun Myung Moon robs his Unification Church of the glue that sustained its global following as a cohesive religious and financial force even as membership dwindled from its 1980s peak, analysts say. A messianic movement built on the rubble of the Korean War and exported to countries such as the United States where it found…

Prince Harry jokes about nude photos at charity event

Prince Harry made light of his recent exploits in his first public appearance since naked photographs of him in a Las Vegas hotel room surfaced on the internet. Speaking at a London awards ceremony for seriously ill youngsters and their carers, Harry conceded it would be difficult to adequately describe their achievements. “But never one to be…

Wildfire near Los Angeles destroys 4,000 acres

Around 700 firefighters are battling a wildfire near Los Angeles that forced the evacuation of hundreds of tourists camping over the holiday weekend, officials said. The fire at the Angeles National Forest has consumed 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) and was just five percent contained, according to the interagency information management system InciWeb. The rest…

Quebec separatists look to sweep elections

Quebec’s separatists look to sweep back into power in elections Tuesday, buoyed by rising frustration with the current leadership and months of student protests over a planned tuition hike. Voters in the country’s only majority French-speaking province will choose 125 lawmakers — and pre-election polls point to theParti Quebecois coming out on top, though without…

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