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Police helicopter crashes ‘like a stone’ into Glasgow pub

A helicopter believed to be operated by the police crashed into the roof of a pub in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Friday, causing multiple injuries, lawmakers and witnesses said. Firefighters, paramedics and police rushed to the Clutha pub after the accident, which happened while the pub was full…

Astronomy community rallies behind ‘Zombie comet’ ISON

Zombie comet: Is Comet ISON really dead? Maybe not. (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) Comet ISON (l.) approaches the sun on Nov. 25. The comet appeard to break up when it rounded the sun on Thanksgiving Day, but scientists are grateful that new data are suggesting it survived.(NASA/AP) As…

Colombian FARC rebels say they taxed coca growers

Colombia’s FARC rebels acknowledged Friday that they collected taxes from coca cultivators but rejected accusations of “narco-terrorism.” “We saw ourselves forced to set up a system of fiscal contributions and transaction regulations with the farmers, taking into consideration their rights and protecting them from abuse from intermediaries and drug traffickers,”…

Honduran leftist presidential candidate vows to deliver proof of election fraud

Honduran leftist presidential candidate Xiomara Castro vowed Friday to deliver proof of the fraud she claims cheated her out of the presidency. The electoral authorities called Sunday’s election in favor of her conservative rival Juan Orlando Hernandez. “We all know that in this process, there were major irregularities, that fraud…

Yemen’s president warns southern secessionists not to disrupt country’s ‘unity’

emeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi warned Friday against any attempt to undermine his country’s unity, after southern secessionists pulled out of a national dialogue with the central government. “I will not allow anyone to haggle over the issue of the south of Yemen’s unity,” Hadi said in a speech marking…

Apple complains about court-appointed e-books monitor

Apple wants to rein in the pay and power of a monitor hired to watch over the company as punishment for conviction in an e-book price-fixing case. In court paperwork available online Friday, Apple objected to being billed more than $1,000 an hour for the services of former US prosecutor…

Three undiscovered J.D. Salinger stories are leaked online

Three short stories by American writer JD Salinger have been leaked mysteriously onto the Internet, calling into question his copyright but shedding new light on the late literary recluse. Salinger won global fame for his coming-of-age 1951 classic “The Catcher in the Rye” but lived in seclusion in New Hampshire…

Europe’s biggest ‘robot museum’ opens in Madrid

A white robotic beagle sits wagging its tail and nuzzling anyone who pets it, while six pint-sized robots, flashing blue, pump their fists as they dance to the pop hit “Gangnam Style”. They are the stars of a new museum launched in Madrid this month, showcasing what its owners say…

Thousands of Haitians call for President Martelly to step down

Thousands of young Haitians demonstrated Friday in several cities demanding that President Michel Martelly step down. In the capital of Port-au-Prince, demonstrators from several neighborhoods converged on the US embassy to denounce what they said was US interference in the country. Riot police and UN peacekeepers blocked access leading to…

Turkey’s ‘Sultan’ Erdogan facing his toughest path to re-election

Turkey’s once all-powerful prime minister is battling problems both domestic and international that threaten to diminish his popularity ahead of an election cycle next year, analysts say. With three straight election wins under his belt, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics for 11 years and enjoyed a free hand…

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