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Foodies celebrate Julia Child’s 100th birthday

Foodies paid tribute Wednesday to celebrity chef Julia Child, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the woman who introduced Americans to exotic French delicacies like boeuf bourguignon. Across the United States, 100 restaurants celebrated with Child-inspired menus during the Julia Child Restaurant Week, which runs August 7-15. “Happy…

Unification Church founder –and Washington Times and UPI owner– Sun Myung Moon in critical condition

The founder of the controversial Unification Church is in a South Korean hospital in critical condition due to complications from pneumonia, his spokesman said on Thursday. Sun Myung Moon, 92, was admitted to Seoul’s St Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday and has been unconscious since then, Ahn Ho-Yeol told AFP, describing…

Russia detains four at Pussy Riot protest outside church

Russian police arrested four activists who demonstrated outside a landmark Moscow church in support of members of protest punk band Pussy Riot who are now on trial. Nearly 20 demonstrators, wearing the group’s trademark coloured balaclavas, held up individual letters that spelled a New Testament phrase, “Blessed are the merciful,”…

Wikileaks says British raid threat ‘hostile, extreme’

Whistleblowing website Wikileaks on Thursday condemned a British threat to raid the Ecuador embassy in London where its founder is holed up as a “hostile and extreme” assault on asylum-seekers. “WikiLeaks condemns in the strongest possible terms the UK’s resort to intimidation,” it said in a statement. “A threat of…

Nokia to unveil Windows 8 smartphone in Sept: report

HELSINKI — Finnish telecom giant Nokia and Microsoft plan to unveil a smartphone equipped with the US software giant’s Windows 8 operating system in New York on September 5, a report said Wednesday. The Helsingin Sanomat daily did not cite any sources but said the beleaguered Nokia could also unveil…

U.S. army judge declines Fort Hood shooter’s guilty plea

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A US soldier accused of killing 13 people at a Texas army base has tried to plead guilty, but the judge refused to accept it and the trial was unexpectedly adjourned until next week. Major Nidal Hasan, a former army psychiatrist, is accused of carrying out…

Ex-officers slam Obama over leaks on Bin Laden raid

WASHINGTON — A group of former CIA spies and US special forces troops on Tuesday launched a political attack on President Barack Obama, accusing him of overseeing reckless leaks about sensitive operations. The group claims to have no partisan affiliation, but the assault mirrored claims by Republican presidential challenger Mitt…

Ecuador to give Assange asylum decision Thursday

QUITO — Ecuador said it would announce its decision on granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday, and slammed Britain for threatening to storm Quito’s mission in London to retrieve him. Assange, an Australian national, has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy since June. Ecuador’s Foreign Minister…

Seven banks subpoenaed in U.S. Libor probe

NEW YORK — Seven banks have been subpoenaed in the United States in the investigation into rigging the Libor benchmark interest rate, a source close to the case told AFP Wednesday. New York authorities subpoenaed UBS, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, JP Morgan, Citigroup, HSBC and Barclays Bank in…

California wildfires force hundreds of evacuations

LOS ANGELES — Wildfires flared across southern California on Wednesday, destroying at least four buildings, wounding three people and forcing hundreds to evacuate, firefighters said. Some 400 people from Ranchita, 81 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of San Diego, were forced to leave their homes Tuesday night and remained at help…

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