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Strauss-Kahn sex probe to continue with pimping charges

A probe into allegations that Dominique Strauss-Kahn procured prostitutes for sex parties will continue after a French court on Wednesday rejected a request for pimping charges against the former IMF chief to be dismissed. Lawyers for the disgraced politician said they would appeal the court’s decision. “Mr Strauss-Kahn’s defence is…

Police fire water cannon at gang-rape protest in Delhi

Indian riot police fired water cannon during a demonstration in New Delhi over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus, witnesses said. The police hosed the protesters as some of them tried to tear down steel barricades outside the official residence of New Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.…

Hong Kong cops investigate Jackie Chan’s tough Triads talk

Hong Kong police said they will investigate comments made by action star Jackie Chan that he had used guns and grenades to confront triad gang members. The Rush Hour star told the Guangzhou-based Southern People Weekly magazine that he had been “bullied” by triads, or the Chinese organised crime societies,…

UNICEF suspends anti-polio campaign in Pakistan after new attacks

Gunmen in Pakistan mounted fresh attacks Wednesday on health workers carrying out polio vaccinations, taking the death toll to nine and prompting UNICEF and WHO to suspend work on a campaign opposed by the Taliban. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio is still endemic,…

Skulls, bones draw crowds to Europe’s second ossuary

Dim lighting and quiet music accompany a faint smell of decomposing skeletons to complete a ghoulish ambiance that is proving to be a hit with visitors to a giant bone repository in the Czech Republic. The long-forgotten ossuary in the southern city of Brno opened its doors to the public…

Dogs help Newtown residents cope with tragedy

Lisa Peterson went straight to the dogs — therapy dogs, that is — when she returned home to Newtown from a business trip to Florida upon learning of the Sandy Hook school massacre. “I saw them and I just had to come over and hug them,” Peterson said Tuesday as…

In bid to restore peace, Mexico changes stance in drug war

Mexico’s new president has outlined a security strategy aimed at reducing drug war-related violence that, rhetorically at least, contrasts starkly with the emphasis his predecessor placed on using force to go after the country’s cartels. “Our primary objectives are reducing the violence and recuperating the peace and tranquility of Mexicans,”…

Secular ‘church’ provides religion-free weddings in Denmark

Danish couples keen on a church wedding but without all the religious trappings will soon be able to tie the knot in a converted church, dressed however they wish and saying ‘yes’ to the music of their choice. “Civil weddings take about six minutes and that’s it. Not very romantic,”…

Study questions link between cancer and 9/11 debris

A study due to be released Wednesday casts doubt on links between cancer and toxic dust in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York — only six months after dozens of cancers were declared eligible for compensation. The New York Health Department study, which will appear in the…

Penguin joins settlement in government e-books lawsuit

Penguin Group has agreed to join three other publishers in a settlement of a US government lawsuit alleging an e-book price-fixing conspiracy with Apple, officials said Tuesday. The Justice Department said that with four of the five publishers having agreed to a settlement, it will proceed in its case against…

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