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After Ramadan fast, Indonesians ‘eat with a vengeance’

As Indonesia shifts from a month of fasting during Ramadan to a week-long eating binge for the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday, doctors are braced for an annual spike in complaints of rapid weight gain. Millions in the world’s most populous Muslim nation typically mark the end of the Ramadan fasting…

Baboon baby boom worries Uruguay zookeepers

A population explosion of baboons at a Uruguayan zoo has their keepers worried that the 130 increasingly aggressive animals will forcibly resist being moved to a larger enclosure. For years the troop of Hamadrya baboons — a species Old World monkeys native to the Horn of Africa and Yemen —…

6.3-magnitude quake hits Indonesia’s Sulawesi

A powerful 6.3-magnitude quake shook Indonesia’s central Sulawesi province on Saturday, damaging buildings and injuring at least three people. Panicked residents in two mountainous districts near the epicentre ran from their homes into the streets as the quake rocked their villages for around 15 seconds. An AFP reporter in the…

Paul Ryan tax returns show 15.9% rate in 2010

RIVERHEAD, New York — Mitt Romney’s campaign released the latest two years of tax returns for Paul Ryan, showing his running mate paid a 15.9 percent tax rate in 2010 and a 20 percent rate last year. The policy of releasing two years of tax data dovetails with Romney, whose…

U.S. says it doesn’t believe in ‘diplomatic asylum’ despite having offered it in the past

WASHINGTON — The United States said Friday that it did not believe in “diplomatic asylum” after Ecuador offered to let WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stay indefinitely in its embassy in London. Ecuador has turned to the Organization of American States, which met Thursday and Friday in Washington, after deciding to…

Expert: London’s threat to storm Ecuador’s embassy for Assange ‘stupid’

Britain is considering using an obscure law to extract Julian Assange from Ecuador’s embassy in London, but law experts say the possibility is slim — and one says London’s actions are “stupid”. Before it granted asylum to the WikiLeaks founder on Thursday, Ecuador made an angry rebuttal of what it…

Britain: Pussy Riot sentencing is a ‘disproportionate response’

Britain added its voice to the international chorus of criticism of Russia on Friday after a court jailed three members of punk band Pussy Riot for criticising President Vladimir Putin. Alistair Burt, a junior foreign minister, said he was deeply concerned by Russia’s “disproportionate response” to what he said had…

‘Hunger Games’ surpasses ‘Harry Potter’ in Amazon sales

Amazon.com on Friday announced that “The Hunger Games” trilogy has replaced the “Harry Potter” saga as the online retail giant’s best-selling series of books. “Since debuting in 2008, Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games have taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before,” said Amazon.com…

French pandas stay cool with ice cream in record summer heat

Two Chinese pandas in a French zoo are chilling out in the current summer heatwave with the help of honey and apple ice creams. With temperatures set to touch 40 degrees Celsius (104F) in central France this weekend, Yuan Zi and Huan Huan have been enjoying the home-made treats as…

U.S. carbon emissions drop to 20-year low

US emissions of carbon dioxide blamed for climate change fell in 2011 and have slipped to a 20-year low this year as the the world’s largest economy uses more natural gas and less coal, data shows. The surprise drop from the world’s second biggest emitter comes despite the lack of…

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