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Mexico’s Day of the Dead loses participants due to Protestant conversions

Isaac Carrasco and his two daughters dutifully adorned the graves of several relatives with beds of marigolds and crosses made of red flowers for Mexico’s Day of the Dead. But the nearby tombstones of his grandparents were bare and surrounded by metal bars, left this way by his aunts, who…

Mass blackbird deaths attributed to intoxication from fermented berries

bizarre spate of young blackbird deaths at a school in England was likely caused by the feathered teens getting drunk on fermented berries, crashing mid-air and falling from the sky, according to vets. Police and animal experts were called in after more than a dozen birds were found dead at…

Stossel: Government has no ‘obligation’ to help disaster-torn cities like New Orleans

Stossel: Government has no ‘obligation’ to help disaster-torn cities like New Orleans On The O’Reilly Factor on Nov. 1, John Stossel, former correspondent for ABC’s 20/20 and current host of the Fox Business Network show Stossel, said that “the government should stop insuring areas” prone to disaster. “What if nobody…

Prince Charles and Camilla to participate in sing-sings and Maori nose rubs

Britain’s Prince Charles and wife Camilla begin a tour of Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand on Saturday with traditional sing-sings and Maori nose-rubbing welcomes awaiting them. The November 3-16 trip is the latest to the Commonwealth by senior royals to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee, a landmark…

Swiss environmentalists submit bill aimed at halting immigration

A group of Swiss environmentalists on Friday submitted a bill to the government aimed at reining in immigration in the name of curbing population growth and protecting the environment. The Ecology and Population (Ecopop) first circulated a petition that garnered 120,700 certified signatures, thus easily passing the 100,000-threshold needed for…

Cuba accuses U.S. of training dissidents over the Internet

Cuba accused the United States Friday of supplying opponents of the government with the technological means to access the Internet as part of an effort to “subvert the constitutional order.” The accusation, leveled in a foreign ministry statement, comes amid a simmering dispute over the jailing of American contractor Alan…

Huffington Post launches weekend TED talks section

News website Huffington Post on Friday launched a weekend section devoted to diving deeply into mind-bending ideas shared in “talks” at prestigious TED conferences. TED Weekends is to become a Huffington Post staple with “ideas worth spreading” served up in video presentations each Friday and then illustrated, discussed and expanded…

Washington Post Co. offsets newspaper losses with Kaplan earnings to swing profit

The Washington Post Co. said Friday it swung to a profit of $93.8 million for the third quarter from a loss a year earlier, despite ongoing woes at its flagship daily newspaper. The profit, which compares with a loss of $6.2 million a year earlier, came from gains in cable…

Museum to open balcony where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot

The motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee where US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 is being opened to the public, a spokeswoman said Friday. It is the first time that visitors to the erstwhile Lorraine Motel, now the National Civil Rights Museum, will…

Iranian film challenges social conventions by focusing on trans people

Facing Mirrors brings transsexuality to the big screen for the first time, even though Khomeini fatwa legalised it in 1987 Adineh and Rana are women from very different sides of the track. Wealthy, modern and rebellious, Adineh has fled the family home, harbouring a secret desire to become a man.…

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