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Israel ‘still holds 5 foreign women activists’

Israel was still holding five foreign women activists on Saturday who were arrested in the West Bank after a demonstration a day earlier, a police spokeswoman said. “Five European activists arrested Friday during a demonstration in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) remain in detention,” Luba Samri told AFP. “The five…

Lemurs the world’s most threatened mammal: study

Lemurs, the furry apes brought to fame by the Disney animation film “Madagascar”, are the most endangered mammals on Earth, an International Union for Conservation of Nature conference found. An IUCN workshop met in Madagascar this week to discuss the world’s 103 lemur species as conservation deteriorates amid political turmoil…

Two charged with trying to smuggle nuclear-related equipment to Iran

US charges two with trying to smuggle nuclear-related equipment to Iran An Iranian businessman and a Chinese importer have been charged in a seven-count federal indictment with conspiring to smuggle nuclear-related equipment from the US to Iran, federal officials announced on Friday. Parviz Khaki of Iran and Zongcheng Yi of…

Bonnie and Clyde guns up for auction

Concealed handguns carried by infamous outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow when they were fatally ambushed in Louisiana in 1934 are coming up for auction in New England. Parker’s Colt Detective Special .38 revolver and Barrow’s Colt Model 1911 Government Model semi-automatic pistol are the marquee items going on the…

Letterman sparks fury over ‘Dark Knight’ spoiler

US talk show host David Letterman triggered online wrath from movie fans Friday, after apparently giving away a key plot twist in the new “Dark Knight” movie. While those who don’t want to know the ending can choose not to read stories about it — including this one — fans…

Peregrine chief arrested for lying to regulators

The head of collapsed US futures broker Peregrine Financial Group was arrested Friday on criminal charges, days after he apparently attempted suicide and confessed to fraud in a signed statement. Russell Wasendorf, the sole owner and chief executive of Iowa-based PFG, admitted in the suicide note that he had embezzled…

Ancient pre-Inca tomb found in northern Peru

Archeologists said Friday they have discovered a tomb about 1,200 years old, from the pre-Inca Sican era, in northern Peru. Human remains and jewelry were found July 4 along with the tomb, likely that of a member of the aristocracy of the Sican or Lambayeque elite, head researcher Carlos Wester…

400,000 told to evacuate in Japan deluge

About 400,000 people were ordered or advised to leave their homes in southwest Japan Saturday as heavy rain pounded the area for a third day leaving 29 dead or missing, officials and media said. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more landslides and floods on the main southern island of…

Wikipedia hits defining moment in social Web era

Wikipedia, the public knowledge website, is more than a decade old and remains among the top 10 Internet sites in the world, but some say it is becoming old and dowdy. Others want to keep it that way. At the “Wikimania” event held in Washington over the past week, several…

Sylvester Stallone ‘devastated’ by son’s death

Hollywood A-lister Sylvester Stallone was described as “devastated” after his 36-year-old son Sage, also an actor, was found dead, reportedly following a drug overdose. Sage Moonblood Stallone, who appeared in the 1990 film “Rocky V” as Rocky Balboa Jr, the son of his father’s title character, was found dead at…

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