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Russian channel to censor ‘The Simpsons’

A Russian national channel said Thursday it would censor “The Simpsons” cartoon series to comply with a new law banning scenes of violence, drinking and smoking before a late evening watershed. The 2×2 channel, aimed at young adults, told AFP it would cut scenes where the Simpsons family watches a…

Water crisis will make Gaza strip ‘unliveable’

Banks must approve plans for a $500m desalination plant that would provide a new water supply, conference hears The Gaza strip faces a water crisis that will soon make it “unliveable” unless plans for a $500m desalination plant are approved by banks, delegates at a water conference in Stockholm were…

‘Modern Family’ creator tweets gay marriage barb at Ann Romney

The creator of “Modern Family” has fired off a barbed tweet about gay marriage at Ann Romney, after the wife of the Republican White House hopeful said it was her favorite TV show. Romney named the show — which features a high-profile gay couple, Mitch and Cam — as her…

Obama says White House soon to reveal beer recipe

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would soon unveil the coveted secret recipe for the White House’s storied microbrewed beer after an Internet campaign. An internet user asked Obama, who participated in a question and answer session over social media network Reddit, for the recipe. “It will be out…

Could Clint make Mitt’s day at the convention?

Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood could make Mitt Romney’s day Thursday if he is the surprise speaker at the Republican National Convention, as event buzz and US media have led on. Anonymous GOP sources quoted by Fox News and other US media said Wednesday the Oscar-winning director/actor and all-around tough guy…

New Orleans levees hold as Isaac floods Gulf coast

Severe flooding from Tropical Storm Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast early Thursday, but the multi-billion-dollar defenses built after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans seven years ago held firm. Officials ordered the evacuation of some 3,000 people in coastal Plaquemines Parish, the area hardest hit by the storm, with top winds…

Low-calorie diet may not prolong life: study

A low-calorie diet boosts health but does not prolong life, at least not in rhesus monkeys, scientists reported Wednesday in a new study into a long-held link between food restriction and longevity. Spanning 23 years, the research found monkeys that ate fewer calories than non-dieting counterparts were healthier but did…

Kremlin stokes patriotism ahead of 1812 victory anniversary

MOSCOW: Two hundred years after Russia’s emblematic victory over Napoleon, the Kremlin is holding lavish celebrations aimed at rousing patriotism among modern Russians. Russia, which annually stages military parades to mark the Soviet victory against Nazi Germany, is spending millions of dollars on a bonanza marking an earlier triumph, its…

Australian military in Afghanistan suffers worst day since Vietnam

Five Australian troops were killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan in what Prime Minister Julia Gillard Thursday described as the nation’s deadliest day in combat since the Vietnam War. The deaths, which included three killings in an “insider attack” by an Afghan solider, brought to 38 the number of…

22 found alive from missing Indonesia asylum boat

Rescuers plucked 22 survivors from the ocean on Thursday, more than a day after an asylum-seeker boat heading for Australia disappeared off the Indonesian coast with 150 people including children aboard. After Indonesia abandoned its search, six people were rescued overnight by a cargo ship and 16 more were pulled…

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