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Dutch prince may not come out of coma: doctor

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch Prince Johan Friso, who was buried in an avalanche a week ago while skiing in Austria, has suffered severe brain damage and may not come out of a coma, his doctor told a press conference on Friday. Queen Beatrix’s middle son, who gave up his right…

Briton extradited to US over Iran charges

A retired British businessman accused of conspiring to sell missile parts to Iran was extradited to the United States on Friday, but branded his treatment a “disgrace”. Speaking to reporters as he arrived at London Heathrow airport, where he was taken into custody by US marshals, Christopher Tappin protested his…

Obama nets election funds at basketball fete

President Barack Obama raised $2.1 million at an election-year fundraiser that allowed him to indulge in his love of basketball, but missed seeing NBA phenom Jeremy Lin. The $30,000-a-plate dinner at Dallas Maverick forward Vince Carter’s house in Orlando, Florida was attended by legendary Los Angeles Laker Earvin “Magic” Johnson…

‘Friends of Syria’ to send aid in 48 hours if assault stops

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Western and Arab powers meeting in Tunis on Friday will demand Syrian authorities allow immediate access for aid to the cities of Homs, Deraa, Zabadani “and other areas under siege,” according to an updated draft declaration obtained by Reuters. The draft conclusion of the conference also calls…

Racy Putin videos woo ‘first time’ Russia voters

Under the racy slogan “the first time is just for love”, Vladimir Putin supporters have posted a series of videos aimed at young voters in an increasingly intense presidential election campaign battle. The professional-quality videos initially seem to show young women worrying about losing their virginity before it turns out…

Seven arrested in U.S. crackdown on rhino trade

NEW YORK — US officials announced Thursday the arrest of seven people in a crackdown on the illegal global trade in endangered black rhinoceros horns. Arrests were made across the country over recent days in “Operation Crash,” which involved multiple law enforcement agencies, the US Department of Justice said in…

Oldest rock carving of Americas found in Brazil

SAO PAULO — Brazilian archeologists have discovered an ancient rock carving they say is at least 10,000 years old, making it the oldest human carving in the Americas. The claim, detailed in an article in the online scientific journal PLoS ONE, opens the controversial debate over when and how humans…

‘Xena’ actress boards ship in New Zealand oil drill protest

WELLINGTON — “Xena: Warrior Princess” actress Lucy Lawless and a group of Greenpeace activists boarded an oil-drilling ship in New Zealand Friday in a bid to disrupt plans to search for oil off Alaska. Lawless and six other protesters boarded the ship Noble Discoverer early Friday in a bid to…

Obama keeps Libya sanctions in place

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Thursday extended by one year the national emergency order allowing sanctions against Libya to remain in place, the White House announced. In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama said he was concerned by ongoing threats posed to US interests by the family of…

New York police surveillance of Muslims probed

NEW YORK — Authorities in New Jersey said Thursday they are looking into complaints that New York police have extended their controversial surveillance of Muslim communities into the neighboring state. “The matter is under review,” said Leland Moore, at the New Jersey attorney general’s office, refusing further comment. The American…

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