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Bee Gees star Robin Gibb dies aged 62

Robin Gibb, singer with legendary British band the Bee Gees whose disco hits defined an era, has died at the age of 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer. “The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long…

London to deploy security force of 40,000 during Olympics

LONDON — Some 12,500 officers will be deployed daily during the Olympic Games in the country’s largest ever pre-planned policing operation, according to the Metropolitan force. With 67 days to go until the event begins, police revealed that 52 forces from around Britain will provide officers for the operation, which…

Ahmadinejad should ‘open nightclubs’: Iran MP jibes

TEHRAN — A hardline Iranian MP on Saturday took a jibe at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for failing to support an Islamic dress code for women, suggesting the president should now move to open “nightclubs” in the Islamic republic. Fars news agency quoted MP Ali Motahari as saying that the president’s…

Lady Gaga to go on in Philippines despite rallies

MANILA — Lady Gaga’s Philippine concerts will go ahead as planned, organisers said Sunday, despite a series of protests from Christian groups and calls for the controversial singer to be banned. Allan Florendo, assistant vice president of the sprawling SM Mall of Asia, whose arena will be the venue for…

Egypt protest seeks to end military courts

CAIRO — Several hundred activists took part in a one-day hunger strike in Cairo on Sunday to protest the ruling military council’s continued use of military courts to try civilians. The protesters said the symbolic action was intended to show solidarity with hundreds of prisoners now facing trials before military…

Fourth person charged in NATO summit molotov cocktail plot

Sebastien Senakiewicz charged with terrorism offences, but police decline to say whether he is linked to three other arrests A fourth person has been charged with terrorism related offences in Chicago, as protests continued with an anti-capitalist march on Saturday night. Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, was arrested on Thursday. Police say…

Pakistan blocks Twitter over Prophet cartoons

Pakistan blocked Twitter on Sunday, saying the website had refused to remove posts promoting a Facebook competition involving caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. “The website has been banned by the Ministry of Information Technology and the decision was conveyed to us. There was blasphemous material on Twitter,” said Mohammad Younis…

G8 pledges to lift 50 million Africans out of poverty

G8 leaders on Saturday pledged to lift millions of Africans out of poverty by promoting investments in sustainable agriculture. “Today we commit to launch a New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition to accelerate the flow of private capital to African agriculture, take to scale new technologies and other innovations…

New methods of pet ‘pampering’ include fake testicles and facials

People and their pets often end up resembling each other, but image-obsessed Americans are taking that age-old relationship a step further, treating their four-legged friends to everything from spa facials to testicle implants. In a nation of surgically enhanced human breasts, teeth and skin, perhaps it was just a matter…

Spain’s ‘indignants’ have huge support

Spain’s “indignant” protest movement against economic inequality and spending cuts continues to enjoy widespread support a year after it was launched, a poll published on Sunday showed. Overall 68 percent of Spaniards said they had sympathy for the movement, compared to 66 percent who expressed that opinion in June 2011…

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