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Richard Burton diary chronicles Liz Taylor infatuation

Previously unpublished extracts from the diary of iconic Welsh actor Richard Burton have revealed his “aching” love for screen siren Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married twice. Passages from the journal, which will be published in full in October, expose a sensitive side to the notoriously hard-drinking actor. “She has turned…

With Assange inside, police guard Ecuador embassy

Julian Assange remained holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy on Friday with police guarding its exits, as Britain’s government warned that the diplomatic row over the WikiLeaks founder could go on for years. Ecuador granted asylum on Thursday to Assange — whose website enraged the United States by publishing a…

Bill Gates kicks off search for toilet of the future

Microsoft co-founder turned global philanthropist Bill Gates on Tuesday launched a search for a new toilet better suited to developing countries. The charitable foundation founded by Gates and his wife kicked off a “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” in Seattle and awarded prizes for promising innovations. “Toilets are extremely important for…

106 year-old Japanese man travels round the world on public transport

A 106-year-old Japanese man has become the oldest person to have travelled around the world using public transport, a report said Friday. Saburo Shochi has been recognised by Guinness World Records for his feat, which saw him travel through North America, Europe and Africa, the Mainichi daily said. With dozens…

Union says 36 dead in clash at South Africa mine, in deadliest day of protest since Apartheid

Dozens of people were killed after South African police opened fire on hundreds of workers on a wildcat strike at a platinum mine, in the deadliest day of protest since apartheid. Police gave a toll of 30 and rising, while the powerful National Union of Mineworkers said 36 had died…

NATO brands Taliban leader Omar’s Eid message ‘insane’

The Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Omar has issued a bellicose Eid statement that was swiftly denounced by the commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan Friday as a message of hate from a deranged man. The rare statement by the Islamic militants’ one-eyed leader claims victories on the battlefield against NATO…

Google searches for ‘Paul Ryan shirtless’ soar

Suddenly, even political foes approve of Republican vice presidential pick Paul Ryan — for his looks. Until being picked as Mitt Romney’s running mate, Ryan was almost exclusively mentioned in connection with his conservative ideas on solving America’s debt crisis. But his brawn, not brain, is hot now. Google searches…

Picasso piece rediscovered after 50 years in Indiana museum storage

It had sat unnoticed in storage for almost half a century after being mistaken for a work by the little-known, and non-existent, artist Gemmaux. But a closer inspection of the glasswork at Indiana’s Evansville Museum revealed the telltale signs of a 20th century European master. The bold lines, the nod…

Paul Ryan ‘grew up on Ayn Rand’

Ayn Rand is the high priestess of undiluted capitalism and a champion of looking after number one. With an estimated 25m copies of her books in print, including Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, her ideas about small government and unfettered markets still resonate in conservative circles, with a young Paul…

Romney, Obama campaign spar again over taxes

WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Mitt Romney offered his fullest explanation yet about his tax status Thursday, saying he paid at least 13 percent a year over the past decade, but President Barack Obama’s campaign offered a prompt retort: prove it. Romney, a multimillionaire former investor, has been under assault…

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