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Rejected Beatles demo tape resurfaces and is up for auction

he Beatles demo tape that record label Decca overlooked — a decision branded the biggest mistake in music history — has resurfaced and is up for auction, according to newspapers. Recorded on New Year’s Day 1961, Decca artists and repertoire man Dick Rowe passed over the Liverpool group and signed…

Japan’s secret economic weapon: women

In next month’s general election, politicians — nearly all of them men — will make promises on what they will do to fix Japan’s economic morass. Very few of them will even mention women. The country’s problems are well known: more older people are living longer as the workforce that…

Cross-dressing Chinese grandfather finds fame

A 72-year-old Chinese man who became an Internet sensation after his granddaughter used him as a cross-dressing model to promote her clothing store, was delighted at his new-found fame, she said. Lu Qing, who lives in southern China’s Guangdong province, posted pictures of her grandfather dressed in an array of…

Film planned on life of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence

A film is being planned about the life and times of Michael Hutchence, the frontman of Australian rock band INXS who committed suicide 15 years ago, according to a report. Former Hollywood screenwriter Bobby Galinsky, best-known for his work on the 1990 Kiefer Sutherland thriller “Flatliners”, told ABC on Friday…

Rival protests as Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi grants himself sweeping powers

Hundreds turned out on Thursday in support of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s new declaration granting him sweeping powers, as a rival protest criticised “the making of new dictator.” “The people want the cleansing of the judiciary,” chanted hundreds of Islamist protesters, who had gathered outside the High Court three hours…

Storm gives New Yorkers new family — each other

Thanksgiving is America’s family holiday, but for New York’s victims of superstorm Sandy, family this year got bigger, with total strangers arriving to ensure that even the neediest got turkey, apple pie and lashings of love. In a rough part of the Rockaways neighborhood, on the Atlantic outskirts of the…

Iran cautiously backs Gaza truce deal

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a qualified welcome Thursday to a truce deal between Israel and Hamas, mediated by Egypt to end eight days of violence that killed six Israelis and 163 Palestinians. “I agree that the truce is a good thing, but we will have to see the basis…

Study: 1.3 million overdiagnosed for breast cancer in US

 More than a million US women have received unnecessary and invasive cancer treatments over the last 30 years, thanks to routine mammograms that detected harmless tumors, scientists said Thursday. The results throw new doubt over the effectiveness of an already controversial cancer screening tool that is aimed at detecting tumors…

Call us Mexico, not ‘United States of Mexico’: president

President Felipe Calderon has one last wish before he leaves office next week: Please change the country’s name from “United States of Mexico” to just “Mexico.” The country has officially been named the United States of Mexico since 1824, but Calderon said Thursday it was time for the country to…

EU ends shark finning, practice of mutilating, leaving sharks to die

The European parliament on Thursday called a definitive halt to shark finning, the long contested practice of fishermen slicing off fins and throwing the live body overboard to drown. The EU prohibited shark finning in 2003, but an exemption allowed fishermen with special permits to remove the fins from their…

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