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German chancellor to inaugurate Roma genocide memorial

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Wednesday inaugurate a sombre memorial to the estimated half million Roma and Sinti murdered by the Nazis, joined by survivors of the genocidal campaign. The long-delayed monument, consisting of a round pool of water and stele on which a single fresh flower will rest…

Bruce Lee’s Hong Kong home to go on sale

Kung fu legend Bruce Lee’s former residence in Hong Kong will be put up for sale after a plan to turn the property into a museum dedicated to the icon failed, a report said. Philanthropist Yu Panglin, who owns the mansion, which became a rundown ‘love hotel’, said he was…

Muslim pilgrims begin hajj rituals

More than two million Muslims began the main rituals of the annual hajj pilgrimage, heading from Mecca to Mina where they rest and pray for the night before moving on to Mount Arafat. The pilgrims, of whom nearly 1.7 million came to Saudi Arabia from abroad, started to travel by…

Sports stars shake up Ukrainian election

Ukraine’s best-known sports stars, boxing champion Vitali Klitschko and the footballer Andriy Shevchenko, are both vying for power in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in a bid to send a shockwave through Ukrainian politics. Heavyweight Klitschko, 41, who fought his last bout in September, leads his aptly named UDAR (punch) party which…

New York billionaire gives Central Park $100 million

New York’s famed Central Park saw a different kind of green when a hedge fund billionaire made a $100 million donation, said to be the largest gift to a park of all time. John Paulson, who made a fortune with the Paulson & Co. Inc. investment fund, announced the contribution…

Peace envoy: Syria agrees to Eid ceasefire

The Syrian government has agreed to a ceasefire during the four-day Muslim Eid holiday starting this week, international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said in Cairo on Wednesday. Many rebel leaders he contacted had also agreed to a truce during the holiday, which begins on Friday, he told reporters in Cairo…

World’s oldest turtle shells found next to trash dump could provide clues to ancient reptile’s origins

Plucked from a pit of grey clay next to a rubbish dump in southern Poland, fossilised turtle shells resembling the battle-scarred shields of ancient warriors are the world’s oldest and most complete. Dating back 215 million years, experts say they could provide invaluable clues in solving the riddle of the…

Romney faces backlash over Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s ‘rape’ statement

White House hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday sought to distance himself from controversial remarks on rape made by a fellow Republican that drew fire less than two weeks ahead of election day. Anti-abortion Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s statement that pregnancy caused by rape was “something God intended to happen” gave…

With 60,000 dead, Mexicans wonder why drug war doesn’t rate in presidential debate

With 60,000 dead, Mexicans wonder why drug war doesn't rate in presidential debate Mitt Romney’s single mention of Latin America last night, calling it a “huge opportunity” for the United States, generated immediate glee from Latin Americanists across Twitter – but the hemisphere got no nod from President Obama, and…

Walmart legal troubles mount as Black Friday walkout looms

Walmart legal troubles mount as Black Friday walkout looms Walmart workers aren’t happy, and they’re letting their employer know it. In the midst of worker strikes in several cities and the looming threat of a mass employee walkout on Black Friday (one of the busiest shopping days of the year),…

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