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Obese people more likely to die in car accidents: report

Obese people face a much higher risk — of up to 80 percent — of dying in a car collision compared with people of normal weight, researchers reported Monday in a specialist journal. The cause could be that safety in cars is engineered for people of normal weight, not for…

Obama: Failure to address climate change ‘would betray our children’

US President Barack Obama vowed to make climate change a priority as he was sworn in Monday to a second term, using some of his most forceful language yet despite uncertain political prospects. In an inaugural address that kept largely to lofty but general prose, Obama zeroed in on the…

Second time even sweeter, Obama fans say

Forget about deja vu or old hat as Barack Obama, America’s first black president, was sworn in again. For some in the sea of humanity watching, cheering and shivering, the repeat was even sweeter. Yes, the crowd was smaller and the number of inaugural celebratory balls was slashed. Obama will…

Film director Michael Winner dies at 77

British film director Michael Winner, who made the violent thriller “Death Wish” and become a restaurant critic in later life, has died at the age of 77, his wife said on Monday. Winner had been ill for some time and after a spell in hospital last year died at his…

ICC lawyers slam Libya over Kadhafi son’s ‘Kafka-esque’ trial

Lawyers defending Moamer Kadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam at the International Criminal Court on Monday accused Libyan authorities of conducting a “Kafka-esque show trial” after he appeared in a court in his homeland for the first time last week. The latest broadside in the legal tug-of-war between The Hague-based ICC and…

U.S. confirms three citizens killed in Algeria hostage drama

The United States confirmed Monday that three of its citizens were among the foreign workers who died last week in an attack by Islamist hostage-takers on an Algerian gas plant. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said seven more Americans survived the drama at the In Amenas site, and identified those…

Republicans prepare for battle as Obama celebrates second inauguration

Republicans sat politely and applauded as President Barack Obama called for unity Monday in his inaugural address, but some made no secret his second term would be a “tug of war” between liberals and conservatives. Republican stalwarts like John McCain and Orrin Hatch — the latter wearing a broad-brimmed cowboy…

French military condemns soldier for wearing skull mask

The French army regards a photograph of one of its soldiers in Mali shown posing in a skeleton mask as “unacceptable” behaviour, a military spokesman said Monday. “This is unacceptable behaviour,” Colonel Thierry Burkhard told a press conference. The image, which has spread widely on the Internet, was “not representative…

Lance Armstrong movie in the works

Lance Armstrong’s life story is headed to the silver screen, US media reported Monday on the heels of the disgraced athlete’s doping admission. Paramount and Bad Robot studios have bought the film rights to a book being written on Armstrong by Juliet Macur, a New York Times sports journalist, The…

Iran puts U.S. pastor on trial for national security crimes

An Iranian-American Christian pastor charged with plotting against state security appeared in a Tehran court on Monday, but will be released on bail, his lawyer told ISNA news agency. Saeed Abedini, a naturalised US citizen and Christian convert, denied “charges of establishing churches to disrupt national security” in Iran and…

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