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‘Vatileaks’ scandal could weaken chances of Italian pope

Intrigue at the Vatican could weaken the chances of the next pope being an Italian, observers said, as memos leaked from the Holy See’s corridors of power lift the lid on tensions between cardinals. While revealing deep discord within the Vatican administration, the “Vatileaks” scandal has also shown Pope Benedict…

Lady Gaga suffers concussion during show

Pop diva Lady Gaga suffered concussion when a dancer accidentally hit her on the head with a metal pole during her final New Zealand show, reports said Monday. The US artist was performing her hit “Judas” at Auckland’s Vector Arena on Sunday night when the accident left her seeing stars,…

Is the secret to great wine under the sea?

Does the sea hold the secret to truly great wines? To find out a trio of French wine lovers — a vineyard manager, a barrel maker and an oyster farmer — teamed up to test the myth, above and below water. “I had heard a bunch of stories about wines…

French Socialists poised to take control of parliament

French President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and allies came out on top in first-round parliamentary elections, poised to secure the majority needed to push through tax-and-spend reforms. The election also saw a surge in support for Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front, which wants to ditch the euro and battle against…

Chilean protesters clash with police over documentary honoring dictator Pinochet

SANTIAGO — Hundreds of protesters clashed violently with police in the Chilean capital as they demonstrated against the screening of a new documentary honoring the late dictator Augusto Pinochet. “Murderer! Murderer!” chanted demonstrators at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago ahead of the screening of “Pinochet,” which celebrates the general’s 1973-1990 military…

Myanmar in state of emergency after Muslim minority attacks Buddhist villages

LONDON — Britain on Sunday urged authorities in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state to open talks to ease sectarian violence, following deadly clashes between Muslims and Buddhists in the region. British Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne said he was “deeply concerned” by the violence and called on all parties to act…

Flame super-virus has orders to self-destruct: Experts

US computer security researchers said Sunday that the Flame computer virus that smoldered undetected for years in Middle Eastern energy facilities has gotten orders to vanish, leaving no trace. Anti-virus company Symantec said in a blog post that late last week, some Flame “command-and-control servers sent an updated command to…

Montreal police make pre-emptive arrests of protesters before Grand Prix

Police in Montreal arrested dozens of protesters ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix, as Canadian students rallying for months over tuition hikes used the Formula One event to highlight their cause. Police spokeswoman Annie Lemieux said about 30 arrests made on Sunday were pre-emptive in nature, but six people were charged…

Romney adviser criticizes Obama’s comments on eurozone crisis

A senior economic adviser to Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has slammed president Barack Obama’s policy towards the eurozone crisis. In an op-ed in Handelsblatt, Germany’s leading business newspaper, R Glenn Hubbard, the dean of the Columbia Business School, said Obama’s strategy was “unwise” and revealed “ignorance of the causes…

Revealed: Secret of HIV’s natural born killers

PARIS — Scientists on Sunday said they had found a key piece in the puzzle as to why a tiny minority of individuals infected with HIV have a natural ability to fight off the deadly AIDS virus. In a study they said holds promise for an HIV vaccine, researchers from…

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