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Oscar-winning Hollywood producer Saul Zaentz dead at 92

Film producer Saul Zaentz, winner of best picture Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Amadeus” and “The English Patient,” has died at age 92, US media reported. Zaentz died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease at his home in San Francisco on Friday, his nephew Paul Zaentz told…

How two archaeologists’ hunch led to stunning claim about Buddha’s birth date

The two archaeologists had a hunch that the Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal held secrets that could transform how the world understood the emergence and spread of Buddhism. Their pursuit would eventually see them excavate the sacred site of Lumbini as monks prayed nearby, leading to the stunning claim that…

Bummer: Colorado pot shops will run out of marijuana within days

Marijuana dispensaries in Colorado are finding it impossible to keep up with the demands of recreational users. The first five days of days of legalized sales of marijuana have been big business for dispensary owners — so much so that some shops even closed early last Wednesday, the first day…

Iraq’s Fallujah falls to Al-Qaeda militants as 65 killed

Iraq has lost Fallujah to Al-Qaeda-linked fighters, a senior security official said, putting militants back in control of the city in Anbar province where American forces repeatedly battled insurgents. And fighting in Anbar killed 65 people — eight soldiers, two government-allied tribesmen and 55 militants from the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State…

Pope Francis to make first visit to Holy Land on May 24-26, 2014

Pope Francis said Sunday he will make his first trip to the Holy Land, visiting Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem from May 24 to 26. “In the climate of joy typical of this Christmas period, I would like to announce that from May 24 to 26, God willing, I will carry…

India successfully launches cutting-edge cryogenic rocket

India on Sunday successfully launched its first rocket using domestically produced booster technology after several previous missions had failed, taking another step forward in its ambitious space programme. The Indian-made cryogenically-powered rocket blasted off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota as scheduled, as Delhi tries to join an elite club…

More than 30,000 African migrants protest in Israel

More than 30,000 African asylum seekers who entered Israel illegally protested in Tel Aviv on Sunday, police said, in the biggest rally ever staged by migrants in the Jewish state. “More than 30,000 demonstrators marched peacefully in Tel Aviv,” police spokeswoman Lubra Samri told AFP. Gathered in the coastal city’s…

Sixty-two percent of Spaniards want King Juan Carlos to abdicate

Sixty-two percent of Spaniards want their country’s scandal-hit King Juan Carlos to abdicate and fewer than half support the monarchy in general, a poll published on Sunday showed. A majority however support his son and heir Felipe and believe he could restore the family’s prestige, according to the study by…

JKF airport halts flights after plane skids into snowbank

A plane skidded into a snowbank on Sunday in freezing conditions at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, which temporarily ceased operations because of the icy conditions, officials said. The airport was closed at 8:32 am (1332 GMT) after a Delta Airlines jet from Toronto slid into snow on a…

Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon faces ‘imminent’ death

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was on Sunday facing “imminent” death, the Tel Aviv hospital where he is in critical condition said. The health of the 85-year-old Sharon, who was dubbed “the Bulldozer” both for his style and physique, has been worsening since Wednesday when he suffered serious kidney…

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