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Exotic dancer set to testify at former Italian PM’s prostitution trial

The exotic dancer at the centre of a sex trial against Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi is expected to testify for the first time in court on Monday as the media tycoon bids for a fourth term as prime minister. Moroccan-born Karima El-Mahroug — better known by her nickname as “Ruby the…

Over 300,000 same-sex marriage opponents in France protest bill

Anti-gay protestors took to the streets in Paris to protest a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the country, reported the AFP. One protester said, “I think marriage for everyone is absolutely ridiculous. It makes the institution of marriage ridiculous. (Marriage) for me is a pillar for the family which…

Thousands strip for ‘No Pants Subway Ride’

Hundreds of people in Mexico City shed their pants and skirts to take part in the “No Pants Subway Ride” prank, just for laughs, around the world. Young and old of all ages participated in the stunt Sunday in the Mexican capital, held once a year in dozens of places,…

German activists start campaign to destroy surveillance cameras

German activists are attempting to destroy security cameras in anticipation of the European Police Congress in Berlin in February, according to Michael Ebeling, an opponent of public surveillance writing for France 24′s The Observers. The group organizing the actions, CAMOVER, believe such cameras lead police to discriminate and use stereotypes…

‘Very small risk’ of HIV exposure at NY hospital

Insulin pens that may have been reused at a VA hospital in New York have led Department of Veterans Affairs to warn local members of Congress that there is a “very small risk” that patients were exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, reported the Buffalo News. A routine…

US played ‘limited’ role in botched French rescue bid

The United States said Sunday it played a limited support role in France’s botched bid to rescue a kidnapped secret agent in Somalia. “United States forces provided limited technical support to the French forces in that operation, but took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it…

DNA test reveals hair and eye color of unnamed Nazi prison victims

A new DNA test can restore at least part of the identity of long-dead people who left no trace of their image, scientists reported on Monday. The technique has revealed the hair and eye colours of unknown individuals slaughtered as sub-humans by the Nazis and of a mystery woman buried…

Jon Huntsman: Coming from ‘cultures of guns’ helped to generate policy ideas with Manchin

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, the host sat with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Huntsman, former presidential candidate and governor of Utah, to discuss the group No Labels, which purports to be a “movement of Democrats, Republicans and everything in between dedicated to the politics of…

Andrea Mitchell: White House women ‘are not happy’ about Obama’s cabinet picks

Women in the White House are not pleased with President Obama’s recent cabinet decisions, according to comments by Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, on Sunday’s Meet the Press. While Obama has not announced his picks for all cabinet positions, the ones with notable clout — Secretaries of…

Colombia wants to speed up peace talks with Marxist FARC rebels

Colombia’s government wants to pick up the pace of its peace negotiations with Marxist FARC rebels, the chief government negotiator said Sunday ahead of the continuation of talks in Cuba. “We really need to get things moving. I want to make that known to people in general, as well as…

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