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Family of late Swedish minister sues over ‘slanderous’ film

The family of late Swedish prime minister Olof Palme has filed a complaint for slander with judicial authorities over a film that shows a character similar to the leader assassinated in 1986 going to a brothel, Swedish media reported Friday. “I think spreading rumours without any substance is unacceptable, accusing…

Toxic cloud forms over Buenos Aires

A toxic cloud that formed Thursday triggered a public scare that forced the evacuation of offices in Buenos Aires and the suspension of metro and train services in a tourist area. Security Secretary Sergio Berni said the situation had since been brought under control. The incident took place after a…

Boehner warns ‘no progress’ on fiscal cliff deal

House Speaker John Boehner said Friday there was “no progress” in deficit talks and accused the White House of recklessly pushing the country to the fiscal brink over tax hikes. “This isn’t a progress report because there is no progress to report,” said Boehner, the main Republican in negotiations with…

Italian tax police raid Facebook offices in Milan

Italian police on Friday raided the Milan offices of US social media giant Facebook over possible violations of tax laws, Italian media reported. Facebook Italia is based in Milan and is associated with Facebook Inc. in the United States and Facebook Ireland. “Facebook pays taxes in Italy as part of…

Budapest airport shut over electrical problems

Budapest’s international airport remained closed late Friday after an electrical fault in its control tower, but was scheduled to re-open early on Saturday, airport authorities said. “Budapest Airport will remain closed, and will not launch or receive flights, until midnight tonight,” the airport said in a statement on its website.…

Swedish police launch investigation into artist claiming to use Holocaust ashes in work

Swedish police on Friday said they had launched an investigation into an artist who says he used paint mixed from the ashes of Holocaust victims in a watercolour. Carl Michael von Hausswolff claims he used ashes he took from a crematorium at the Majdanek concentration camp in 1989, mixing them…

Afghanistan’s intelligence chief target of underwear bomber

The suicide bomber who tried to assassinate Afghanistan’s spy chief detonated a bomb hidden in his underwear, the intelligence agency said Friday. Asadullah Khalid, who heads the National Directorate of Security (NDS), was targeted by a bomber posing as a Taliban peace envoy in a spy agency guesthouse in the…

Financial Times Deutschland blacks out cover on last day of publication

Loss-making daily Financial Times Deutschland, launched 12 years ago as the German-language sister of the Financial Times, blacked out its front page Friday to mark its last day of publication. “Black at last,” said the ‘in mourning’-coloured front page in an ironic allusion to the profits the daily — printed…

Unemployment rate falls to 7.7 percent in November

The US unemployment rate fell in November to a nearly four-year low as the labor force shrank from October, the US Labor Department said Friday. The jobless rate dropped to 7.7 percent, its lowest level since December 2008, from 7.9 percent in October, the department said. The US economy added…

Beneath the burqa: Afghan women opt for cosmetic surgery

Despite living much of their lives behind a veil, some Afghan women are feeling pressure to conform to ideals of female beauty and are lining up for cosmetic surgery at a handful of clinics in Kabul. A few years ago, most operations would have been to repair war wounds or…

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