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Firm wants Lance Armstrong to repay millions in bonuses

LOS ANGELES — Dallas insurance company SCA Promotions is demanding the return of millions of dollars in bonuses paid to Lance Armstrong now that the shamed cyclist’s Tour de France victories have been expunged. “Mr. Armstrong is no longer the official winner of any Tour de France races and as…

Blind man to sue police over Taser incident

LONDON — A blind man is suing British police after he was tasered by an officer who mistook his white stick for a samurai sword, his lawyer said Monday. The incident happened in the market town of Chorley in Lancashire, northwest England, on Friday after police received reports of a…

McCain: Obama weakness has led Mideast toward crisis

BOCA RATON, Florida — Four years of “failed leadership” by US President Barack Obama has dragged the Middle East to the edge of a major crisis that could dramatically destabilize the region, Senator John McCain warned Monday. McCain laid down a withering critique of the commander-in-chief’s foreign policy just hours…

Pakistanis make world’s largest human flag

LAHORE, Pakistan — More than 24,000 Pakistanis Monday formed the world’s largest “human national flag” in the eastern city of Lahore, smashing a five-year-old record set in Hong Kong, officials said. A total of 24,200 people stood up in the national hockey stadium to make the green and white Pakistani…

Canada’s Globe and Mail begins charging for online content

Canada’s national daily, The Globe and Mail, on Monday began charging readers a Can$20 monthly subscription to access news on its website. The Toronto-based newspaper’s print edition on Monday was wrapped in an advertisement for the new online service, which can be accessed from a laptop or tablet computer, or…

Poland funds in-vitro fertilization despite Catholic Church objections

Poland will begin funding in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) starting in July 2013, Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced on Monday, despite Church resistance in this deeply Catholic nation to what opponents see as artificial conception. “Couples will have the possibility to get reimbursement from the social security budget for three attempts at…

Cannes Film Festival high-end prostitution ring trial begins in France

Two men and a woman appeared in a French court Monday in a case over a Cannes Film Festival high-end prostitution ring that had ties to a son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi. Seven men and a woman went on trial in the southern port city of Marseille, though…

President Carter: U.S. has ‘zero’ influence over Israel and Palestine

Former US president Jimmy Carter said on Monday that Washington had “zero” influence over Israel and the Palestinians to resolve their decades-long conflict, and its sway had dropped to the lowest level in 45 years. Speaking on a tour of east Jerusalem with a group of former world leaders known…

EU’s top health official investigated in a tobacco-linked fraud probe

A shady Maltese lobbyist, Sweden’s substitute for snuff, robberies against anti-smoking groups: the resignation of the EU’s top health official in a tobacco-linked “whodunnit” is shaking up Brussels. The EU’s executive pledged Monday that a fraud probe involving the outgoing health and consumer commissioner, John Dalli — who handed in…

Experts: Obesity rates among young people in Britain falling

Obesity rates in young people in Britain appear to be going into reverse, a top gathering of health officials heard Monday, as the message on the risks of being overweight seems to be getting through. Presenting research on obesity in Britain, Klim McPherson from Oxford University told the World Health…

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