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Olympics mascots made in ‘China sweatshops’: watchdog

A labour watchdog on Wednesday slammed the London Olympics organisers over alleged human rights abuses at Chinese “sweatshops” producing Games merchandise. The group said labourers at two Chinese factories producing merchandise including Olympics mascots Wenlock and Mandeville worked up to 120 hours of overtime a month, or nearly three times…

Chefs reveal eating secrets of world leaders

Barack Obama can’t stand beetroot, artichokes are off the menu at France’s presidential palace and Vladimir Putin does not take any chances with dishes that emerge from the Kremlin kitchens. Those were just a few of the culinary titbits to emerge from the latest reunion of the select club of…

Crowds flock to Virgin ‘miracle’ tree in New Jersey

Fervent Catholics in a crime-ridden New Jersey town are flocking to what they say is the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary’s image in a tree trunk. On Tuesday, a crowd of several dozen people stood around the tree, praying, taking photos and swapping stories of what they call a…

Batman actor Christian Bale visits victims of theatre shooting

AURORA, Colorado — Batman actor Christian Bale paid a low-key visit Tuesday to Aurora, Colorado to comfort victims of last week’s shooting massacre, which occurred during a screening of his latest film. Pictures posted on Twitter showed the Welsh-born actor at the Medical Center of Aurora, where 20 of the…

Sunbed tanning kills 800 in Europe every year: study

PARIS — Sunbed users run a 20 percent higher risk than non-users of developing skin cancer, according to a report that blamed some 800 melanoma deaths in Europe every year on indoor tanning. About 3,400 of some 64,000 new cases of cutaneous melanoma diagnosed in 18 European countries every year…

Florida takes Cuba business ban appeal to U.S. federal court

MIAMI — Florida has appealed in a Miami federal court last month’s ruling blocking the entry into force of a state law prohibiting state agencies from awarding contracts to companies doing business with Cuba and Syria. Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the appeal of the June 26 ruling by US…

German circumcision debate hits Austria

VIENNA — A furore over circumcision in Germany reached neighbouring Austria on Tuesday as a state governor advised doctors against performing the procedure, even when it is on religious grounds. Markus Wallner, centre-right state premier of Vorarlberg, said the instructions followed a controversial June ruling by a court in the…

Wal-Mart weighs in against card-fee settlement

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, called on merchants Tuesday to reject a multi-billion-dollar settlement deal over credit-card fees, saying it was not in their or consumers’ interest. The proposed settlement, announced this month as a resolution of a class-action suit by merchants over so-called “swipe” fees, would…

Syria’s chemical weapons shrouded in secrecy

WASHINGTON — Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, which Damascus has acknowledged for the first time, is decades old and among the biggest in the Middle East, but experts are divided over its exact nature. President Bashar al-Assad’s regime caused a global uproar Monday when it vowed to use its chemical weapons…

New York bids farewell to ‘Queen of Soul Food’ Sylvia Woods

NEW YORK — New Yorkers gave a big sendoff to “Queen of Soul Food” Sylvia Woods, whose famed Harlem restaurant served everybody from Muhammad Ali to Bill Clinton, ahead of her burial Wednesday. Mourners flocked to a historic African American church in Harlem where Woods, who died last week at…

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