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Joe Biden to head panel on gun violence in wake of Sandy Hook massacre

President Barack Obama on Wednesday will appoint Vice President Joe Biden to head a government panel to formulate a response to gun violence after last week’s school massacre, US media reported. The New York Times and the Washington Post cited White House officials as saying that Obama would formally name…

Your Christmas tree may harbor up to 25,000 ‘freeloading’ insects: scientist

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Er, not quite. Get a magnifying glass and take a close look at your Christmas tree, says a scientist. In all likelihood, it is harbouring thousands of bugs. Bark lice, mites,…

Andy Warhol’s iconic Mao portraits excluded from China show

Andy Warhol’s famous portraits of Mao Zedong will be excluded in a major show of his work in China, organisers said on Wednesday, although they stopped short of saying they had been censored. The exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary of the American artist’s death, which is currently touring Asia,…

Norovirus outbreak strikes nearly a million UK residents

Almost a million people are estimated to have contracted the highly infectious vomiting bug norovirus this winter in the UK, according to official figures. Health officials believe that around 900,000 people, almost twice the figure reported for this time last year, have caught the virus, which causes severe vomiting for…

Obama tells Rwanda to end DRC rebel support

US President Barack Obama called on Rwandan President Paul Kagame to end all support for rebels in the conflict-wracked Democratic Republic of Congo, the White House said. The White House issued the strongly worded statement about the leaders’ call after Washington imposed sanctions on two top leaders of the M23…

Strauss-Kahn sex probe to continue with pimping charges

A probe into allegations that Dominique Strauss-Kahn procured prostitutes for sex parties will continue after a French court on Wednesday rejected a request for pimping charges against the former IMF chief to be dismissed. Lawyers for the disgraced politician said they would appeal the court’s decision. “Mr Strauss-Kahn’s defence is…

Police fire water cannon at gang-rape protest in Delhi

Indian riot police fired water cannon during a demonstration in New Delhi over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus, witnesses said. The police hosed the protesters as some of them tried to tear down steel barricades outside the official residence of New Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.…

Hong Kong cops investigate Jackie Chan’s tough Triads talk

Hong Kong police said they will investigate comments made by action star Jackie Chan that he had used guns and grenades to confront triad gang members. The Rush Hour star told the Guangzhou-based Southern People Weekly magazine that he had been “bullied” by triads, or the Chinese organised crime societies,…

UNICEF suspends anti-polio campaign in Pakistan after new attacks

Gunmen in Pakistan mounted fresh attacks Wednesday on health workers carrying out polio vaccinations, taking the death toll to nine and prompting UNICEF and WHO to suspend work on a campaign opposed by the Taliban. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio is still endemic,…

Skulls, bones draw crowds to Europe’s second ossuary

Dim lighting and quiet music accompany a faint smell of decomposing skeletons to complete a ghoulish ambiance that is proving to be a hit with visitors to a giant bone repository in the Czech Republic. The long-forgotten ossuary in the southern city of Brno opened its doors to the public…

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