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Police officer who made mentally ill black man ‘dance like a chimp’ removed from duty

The Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan police officer who allegedly filmed himself humiliating a mentally challenged black man has been removed from active duty and is expected to face disciplinary charges next week. The video, which the unnamed officer posted on various social media sites, allegedly shows the officer demanding a…

Thanksgiving by the numbers: 768 million pounds of cranberries, 25.1 million airline passengers and 254 million turkeys

Whether you are sympathizing with the animated turkeys in the new movie “Free Birds,” pulling out your recipe for green bean casserole, or waiting for your favorite “Duck Dynasty” stars…  …

Gulf states fear deal will boost Iran regional ambitions

Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchies feel let down by their US ally and want good relations with their Shiite neighbour Iran but also fear the Geneva nuclear deal will boost its regional ambitions, analysts say. Saudi Arabia and the oil- and gas-rich nations of the Gulf were weighing their reactions on Sunday…

Israel blasts Iran nuclear deal as ‘historic mistake’

Israel on Sunday lashed out at the Geneva nuclear deal brokered by world powers as being heavily stacked in Iran’s favour, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it a “historic mistake.” Following a months-long diplomatic campaign warning of the dangers of easing economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for steps…

Saint Peter’s bones on display for first time

Bones believed to belong to Saint Peter, one of the founding fathers of the Catholic Church, went on display for the first time Sunday, as Pope Francis held a ceremony to end the “Year of Faith”. Tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered to catch a glimpse of the remains, eight…

Scientists wonder what the weakest solar cycle in 50 years means for Earth

The surface of the sun has been surprisingly calm of late — with fewer sunspots than anytime in in the last century — prompting curious scientists to wonder just what it might mean here on Earth. Sunspots have been observed for millennia — first by Chinese astronomers and then, for…

More than 11,000 children killed in Syria war: Oxford Research Group

More than 11,000 children have died in Syria’s civil war, including 128 killed by chemical weapons in a notorious attack and hundreds targeted by snipers, a British think-tank said Sunday The Oxford Research Group, which specialises in global security, said in a new study that there were 11,420 recorded deaths…

Saudi Arabian Juliet demands right to marry her Yemeni Romeo

A young Saudi woman on Sunday urged a Yemeni court to let her stay and marry the man she loves, defying norms in both deeply conservative countries. In a case reminiscent of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, Huda al-Niran, 22, defied her family and crossed the border illegally to…

Crossrail: Britain’s $24 billion infrastructure project will transform London

Crossrail is not just about engineering: artists, designers and archaeologists are all involved.  Sometimes, when flying over a landscape, you see a seam of unexpected fecundity – lush trees, richer green – that indicates the presence of water or a change to a more fertile soil. Something similar is happening…

Bodies confirmed as missing San Diego family

In a dark twist to a mystery that has preoccupied the American media, police yesterday confirmed that four bodies found in shallow graves by a motorcyclist in the Californian desert were those of a young couple and their two small children, who vanished nearly four years ago. The disappearance of…

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