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Thieves steal several paintings from Dutch museum housing Picasso and Van Gogh works

Several paintings of considerable value were stolen from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal museum where works by world-renowned 19th and 20th century artists including Picasso and Van Gogh hang, police said Tuesday. “There was a break-in during the night and a few paintings were taken that represent a considerable sum,” Rotterdam police spokeswoman…

Romney a no-show for Nickelodeon’s ‘Kids Pick the President’ program

President Barack Obama wooed Americans not yet old enough to vote Monday in a unique children’s television news special that his rival Mitt Romney opted to avoid. Obama fielded pre-recorded questions from under-18s on topics as varied as the economy, gun control, gay marriage and heartbreak during the half-hour program…

Google privacy policy ‘breaks E.U. laws’

European data protection agencies Tuesday said Google’s new privacy policy does not comply with EU laws and told the US Internet giant to fix it within months or face legal action. “Google has a few months, three or four months, to comply. If it takes no action, we will enter…

U.N. meets to discuss easing global food prices

The international community is gathering in Italy for World Food Day on Tuesday with a round of UN-hosted talks on how to keep global food prices in check and help prevent future commodity market crises. “Food prices are too volatile and are dangerously high,” Olivier De Schutter, the UN’s rapporteur…

Hacker McKinnon will not be extradicted to the U.S.

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon, an Asperger’s sufferer who broke into US military computers, will not be extradited to the United States following a ten-year legal fight, Home Secretary Theresa May said Tuesday. “Mr McKinnon is accused of serious crimes, but there is also no doubt that he is seriously ill,”…

Former senator and presidential candidate George McGovern admitted to hospice

Former US Democratic senator George McGovern, who galvanized opposition to the Vietnam War only to lose in a landslide presidential election in 1972, has been admitted to a hospice. McGovern, 90, is best remembered for his lopsidedly failed bid to unseat Republican Richard Nixon as president on a platform urging…

Doctors hopeful for Pakistani girl shot by Taliban

A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban could make a “good recovery”, doctors treating her in a British hospital said Tuesday. Malala Yousafzai was spending her first full day in Britain after she was flown into Birmingham Airport on Monday on board an air…

Bangladesh film tackles past culture of underage sex

For conservative Muslim-majority Bangladesh, it is a forgotten and often shocking part of history: a time when aristocrats would openly flaunt male teenage singers whom they took as lovers. Homosexuality remains illegal in Bangladesh, but the practice of rich Muslim landlords in rural areas publicly living with adolescent “Ghetu” males…

Cuba scraps exit permits for citizens to travel

Cubans will no longer require an exit permit for foreign travel from January 14, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, the latest in a trickle of reforms enacted on the communist-ruled island. The government has also extended the period citizens are allowed to remain abroad from 11 to 24 months, with…

Planet with four suns discovered 5,000 light years from Earth

WASHINGTON — An international team of amateur and professional astronomers announced the discovery of a planet with four suns — the first reported case of such a phenomenon. The planet, located about 5,000 light years from Earth, has been dubbed PH1 in honor of Planet Hunters, a program led by…

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