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Anti-Islam activist Pam Geller says Pope Francis ‘sanctions savagery’

Anti-Islam activist and blogger Pamela Geller lashed out at Pope Francis on Tuesday, claiming he condoned violence against Christians. “At a time when Christianity worldwide is under siege by Islamic jihadists, the leader of the Catholic Church claims that the quran teaches non-violence. As Christians across the Muslim world live…

New Zealand looks to uncork ‘lifestyle’ wine niche

New Zealand winegrowers launched a $14 million research project Wednesday aimed at capitalising on growth in demand for so-called “lifestyle” wines, with low calories and less alcohol. The Lifestyle Wines initiative, jointly funded by industry and government, is the country’s largest ever wine research project, reflecting the belief that it…

Retired British man faces trial in Uganda for allegedly having gay sex

A retired British man facing trial in Uganda on gay sex charges said Wednesday he feared he would be deported after officials seized his passport and refused a visa extension. Bernard Randall, 65, has pleaded not guilty to charges of “trafficking obscene publications” after police found private pictures of him…

Pakistan political party accuses CIA chief John Brennan of murder over drone strike

The political party of former cricketer Imran Khan Wednesday named the CIA’s director and a man it said was the agency’s chief in Pakistan as murder suspects over a drone strike. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party has written to police over last week’s attack on a seminary linked to the…

Islamic extremists allegedly behind destruction of ancient Murad Agha shrine in Libya

Suspected Islamic extremists destroyed a centuries-old shrine in the Libyan capital on Wednesday, but the tomb inside withstood the attack, witnesses said. The explosives were placed around the mausoleum of Murad Agha, the first Ottoman governor of Tripoli, who ruled from 1551-1553. The shrine is attached to a mosque of…

Prince William sings ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ with Bon Jovi

Prince William joined Jon Bon Jovi in a performance of the rock star’s song ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ at a charity event in Kensington Palace. The Prince, Bon Jovi and pop star Taylor Swift were the star guests at a gala in support of homeless charity Centrepoint on Tuesday. During…

Charities brace for higher demand this Thanksgiving as Congress contemplates more cuts to food stamps

The United States celebrates its “land of plenty” Thanksgiving Day this week, but for the poor and most vulnerable, there is less food on the table after Congress cut aid. As Americans stock up on turkeys for Thursday’s traditional Thanksgiving feast, food pantries and charities are bracing for higher demand…

World’s most expensive book — the first printed in the U.S. — sells for $14 million at auction

The first book printed in what is today the United States of America sold for more than $14 million at auction in New York Tuesday, Sotheby’s said, becoming the world’s most expensive book. The translation of Biblical psalms “The Bay Psalm Book” was printed by Puritan settlers in Cambridge, Massachusetts…

If it survives close encounter with the sun, Comet ISON will light up morning skies until mid-December

If it survives a potentially disastrous encounter with the sun this week, Comet ISON will put on an impressive early morning display in the run up to Christmas. But anyone hoping for a Bethlehem-style celestial sign on the big day will be disappointed. The comet will probably be too faint…

Alec Baldwin blames ‘fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy’ for MSNBC show cancellation

Actor, who reportedly called photographer a ‘cocksucking fag’, acknowledged he had to take some responsibility The actor Alec Baldwin has blamed “the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy” for the decision by MSNBC, the US cable news channel, to cancel his weekly show after he used offensive language to a photographer.…

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