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George H.W. Bush still hospitalized after health ‘setbacks’

Former US president George H.W. Bush celebrated Christmas in a Texas hospital with his family Tuesday after a series of health setbacks that have delayed his release, his spokesman said. The 88-year-old was first admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston on November 7 for bronchitis treatment and released on November…

Egypt approves new constitution with 63.8% support

Egypt’s constitution was passed with 63.8 percent voter support in the two-stage referendum that ended last weekend, the national electoral commission said on Tuesday. Turnout was 32.9 percent of Egypt’s total 52 million voters, the president of the commission, Samir Abul Maati, told a news conference in Cairo. The figures…

Radiation worries curtail kids’ exercise time in Fukushima

Children in Fukushima are getting fatter as outdoor activities have been cut in the area due to radiation fears after last year’s nuclear disaster, a Japanese government report said Tuesday. The education ministry said it had surveyed the heights and weights of about 700,000 children, aged between five and 17,…

Policeman held in Bahrain over ‘slap’ video

A policeman in Bahrain has been arrested after a video showing him hitting a resident of a Shiite village was posted online, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. “The video shows the policeman slapping a citizen in Aali, a local village, on December 23rd, 2012,” the ministry said in a…

Famed riflemaker Kalashnikov in intensive care

Russia’s legendary rifle-designer Mikhail Kalashnikov has been hospitalised in intensive care after complaining of general weakness, his assistant was quoted by news agencies as saying Tuesday. The 93-year-old father of the AK-47 has been having heart problems and feeling poorly since March, when he stopped showing up for work, his…

Drunken Brit drives stolen car on Dutch runway

A drunken British man was arrested Tuesday after driving a stolen car on an Amsterdam airport runway “for a few minutes”, police said. The unnamed passenger headed home for Christmas had pushed an emergency exit button at one of Schiphol airport’s gates, stumbled onto the tarmac and stole a car…

Russia’s brutal early winter claims 123 lives

A bitter cold spell in Russia has claimed 123 lives in the past 10 days, an official said Tuesday, with the unseasonably early freeze testing authorities in a country used to notoriously tough winters. Temperatures have plunged to up to minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 34 degrees Farenheit) in the…

Mandela visited by family in hospital

Ailing Nelson Mandela was Tuesday visited in hospital by his wife Graca Machel and family as he spent Christmas Day on his sickbed, said President Jacob Zuma who joined the family. “We found him in good spirits,” said Zuma in a statement. “He was happy to have visitors on this…

Pakistani gallery defies dictators

It may not seem the most obvious setting, but a squat building overlooking a slum is home to one of Pakistan’s leading galleries, which for 30 years has defied dictatorships and fundamentalists to champion cutting-edge art. Rohtas Gallery was founded in 1981, at the height of military ruler General Zia-ul-Haq’s…

‘Odd Couple’ and ‘Quincy’ star Jack Klugman dead at 90

Jack Klugman, the television star who portrayed a slovenly sportswriter on “The Odd Couple” and a tough medical examiner on “Quincy, ME,” has died. He was 90. Klugman’s attorney Larry Larson said the actor died peacefully at his home in the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles with Peggy, his wife…

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