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Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala leaves U.K. hospital

The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education has been discharged from the British hospital treating her, a hospital spokeswoman said on Friday. Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, said 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai would continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary English home before undergoing…

Majority of Israelis support Palestinian state

A slender majority of Israelis support the creation of a separate Palestinian state, but do not have high hopes for a peace deal, a survey said on Friday. The survey by daily Israel Hayom asked more than 800 Israelis “do you support or oppose the idea of two states for…

Hong Kong seizes huge haul of smuggled ivory

Hong Kong said Friday it had seized more than a tonne of ivory worth about $1.4 million in a shipment from Kenya, the city’s third big seizure in less than three months. Customs said they seized the 779 pieces of ivory tusk, weighing 1.3 tonnes, that were cut up and…

HBO television sued for allegedly abusing horses

An animal rights advocate has filed a lawsuit against US cable television network HBO, alleging that horses used in the filming of its series “Luck” often were drugged, sick and underweight. Plaintiff Barbara Casey also sued her former employer, the American Humane Association (AHA), for allegedly covering up the animals’…

Iraq looks to put squeeze on pudgy police

Ihsan Ghaidan, a policeman in one of Iraq’s most volatile provinces, admits he stands little chance of promotion and notes his performance is increasingly under the microscope, for one simple reason — he is overweight, and Iraq’s security leaders are not happy. In fact, he is not just overweight —…

In ‘rape capital’ Delhi, women turn to self-defense

After nearly three weeks of lurid reporting on a horrifying gang-rape in New Delhi, women in the Indian capital say they are more anxious than ever, leading to a surge in interest in self-defence classes. New Delhi has long been known as the “rape capital of India”, with more than…

U.S. capital cops urge gun control as murder rate wanes

Washington’s police chief spoke out in favor of tougher gun laws in the United States after statistics showed the homicide rate in the nation’s capital at its lowest level in a half-century. Eighty-eight murders were committed in the District of Columbia in the past year, compared with the late 1980s…

Venezuela slams ‘psychological war’ over Chavez health

Venezuela accused the international media of waging a “psychological war” over President Hugo Chavez’s health to try to destabilize the government and bring down its socialist revolution. The hardline stance was adopted after Vice President Nicolas Maduro returned from a visit with the ailing Chavez in Cuba, where he is…

Steve Jobs bio film set for April release

The first film based on the life of legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be released in April, according to independent distributor Open Road Films.. The “biopic” starring Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, who died in 2011, will premier later this month on the closing night of the Sundance Film Festival,…

Secret NSA cybersecurity program to protect power grid confirmed

Newly released documents confirm that the National Security Agency (NSA), America’s top cyberespionage organization, is spearheading a cloaked and controversial program to develop technology that could protect the US power grid from cyberattack. Existence of the program, dubbed Perfect Citizen, was…  …

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