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Mubarak in ‘critical but stable’ condition

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak remains in “critical but stable” condition in prison, an interior ministry source told AFP, as officials weigh transferring him to a Cairo hospital. The 84-year-old former strongman was sentenced to life behind bars for suppressing a revolt against his rule in early 2011 during which nearly 850 protesters were…

Nigerian police free abducted soccer player

Nigerian police have freed international footballer Christian Obodounhurt during a raid, a day after gunmen kidnapped him in front of a church and demanded a ransom, a spokesman said Monday. “He has been rescued and we have five suspects in our net as a result of it,” Delta state police spokesman Charles Muka said. He…

U.S. pair lost in New Zealand blizzard for a week

Two US students survived a week lost in a blizzard-hit New Zealand mountain range by taking regular dips in hot thermal springs they had stumbled across, rescuers said Monday. Alec Brown and Erica Klintworth, both 21, had planned a two day trek on the South Island’s rugged West Coast but ended up spending more than a…

Olympic swimmer backs teammates who posed with guns

Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan has backed his Australian teammates Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk, saying he saw “nothing wrong” with them posing with guns in images posted on social networking sites. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said Saturday that D’Arcy and Monk will be sent home from the London Games as soon as their swimming events…

‘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…

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