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Marilyn Monroe ‘last’ pics fail to sell

NEW YORK — Nude photos from what is said to have been Marilyn Monroe’s last formal photo shoot, just six weeks before her 1962 death, failed to sell at auction Tuesday in New York. The collection on sale as “Marilyn Monroe — Last Sitting” had an estimated value of between…

Foiled al-Qaeda plot likely to lead to new airport security regulations

The disruption of a plot by al-Qaida in the Arabian peninsula to attack a US-based jet using what is being billed as an “improved” underwear bomb is likely to lead to increased security at American airports, the chief White House adviser on terrorism has indicated. John Brennan, the deputy homeland…

Air India pilots conduct ‘illegal’ strike

At least 100 pilots from India’s debt-laden national carrier Air India failed to turn up to work on Tuesday in a move the civil aviation minister described as an “illegal” strike. The airline, which loses nearly $2 million a day, is facing mounting problems due to rising fuel prices, competition…

British activists say elderly care is ‘chronically underfunded’

Some elderly and disabled people will be condemned to a life of “misery and fear” unless the government acts now to reform the social care system, campaigners warned Tuesday. In an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, a coalition of 78 campaign groups and charities called for an urgent…

Australian speaker steps down over sexual harassment allegations

Australian parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper officially stood aside Tuesday amid sex harassment and travel fraud claims, while proclaiming his innocence and slamming a “trial by media”. Slipper, who is 62 and married, has been accused of harassing former aide James Ashby, 33, with explicit text messages, unwanted advances and inappropriate…

Huffington Post expands Canada operations

The AOL-owned Huffington Post news website said Tuesday it would expand its Canadian operations with regionally focused editions for Alberta and British Columbia. The move comes nearly a year after the launch of the Huffington Post Canada in May, 2011, and follows a February launch of the French-language site Le…

White House says no change in policy after surprise coalition change in Israel

A surprise coalition in Israel between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the center-right Kadima group will not make Washington change its “approach” to its close Mideast ally, the White House said Tuesday. “A new coalition in Israel will certainly not affect our policy approach. We continue to have…

‘Avengers’ draws anger over India slum scenes

The Avengers might be carrying all before it at the global box office, but in India, its healthy reported opening of INR110m (£1.3m) has been marred by high profile complaints over its portrayal of urban living conditions. Exception has been taken in regard to two brief scenes showing Bruce Banner…

Maurice Sendak, author of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ dead at 83

Author Maurice Sendak, a forever favorite of children around the world for his magical stories and inventive illustrations — including his classic “Where The Wild Things Are” — died Tuesday at the age of 83. His publisher said Sendak, who had a long history of heart trouble, died in Danbury,…

Niger is worst country to be a mother: report

Niger is the worst country on earth in which to be a mother, according to a report by Save the Children. The charity’s annual Mothers’ Index uses statistics covering female and child health and nutrition, as well as prospects for women’s education, economic prosperity and political participation in its assessment…

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