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Actor Russell Brand prevented from leaving London over passport problems

British actor and comic Russell Brand was forced to cancel a planned stand-up gig in Johannesburg Friday, after being denied permission to board a flight because his passport was not in order. Brand was prevented by an airline from leaving London after it emerged he did not have two free…

CIA amassing a huge database on Americans’ financial data

The Central Intelligence Agency is amassing a huge database of international money transfers that includes the financial and personal data of millions of Americans, The Wall Street Journal reported. Under the program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation works with the CIA to collect large amounts of data on international transactions…

Hundreds held in global investigation of Canadian child porn site

Toronto police said a global investigation into a Canadian child porn website had led to the arrest of 341 people including teachers, doctors and police officers, and the rescue of 386 sexually abused children. Authorities from Australia, the United States, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, Hong Kong and other nations took…

Hundreds of rare primates seized from animal smugglers in Indonesia

Hundreds of slow lorises have been seized on Indonesia’s Java island as animal smugglers were about to send the protected primates to markets to be sold as pets, officials said on Friday. Government officials last week discovered 238 of the nocturnal animals, one of the few mammals that has a…

Britain’s Princess Anne says ‘let them eat horsemeat’

She may be known for her love of horses, but Britain’s Princess Anne has now suggested that her compatriots should consider eating the animals like the French. Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter, a former eventing champion, said farming the creatures for their flesh in Britain could improve their welfare. “Our attitudes…

Are Obama’s approval ratings sinking past the point of no return?

Barack Obama’s second term fumbles have pitched him to record low poll ratings and splintered his credibility with the American people. But has his presidency reached the point of no return? History and opinion poll data suggest that when reelected presidents slump in the ratings, it is tough, if not…

China to ease controversial one-child policy

China will relax its hugely controversial one-child policy, state media said Friday, in a major policy shift announced days after a meeting of China’s top Communist Party leaders. Couples will be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child, the official news agency Xinhua…

Abraham Zapruder: the man behind history’s most infamous home movie

Andy Warhol loved it – so do conspiracy theorists the world over. But how exactly did Abraham Zapruder’s fuzzy home movie of the Kennedy assassination 50 years ago became one of the great cultural icons of our time? It’s a scene etched into our collective unconscious. The smiling couple waving…

Obama administration crushes 6 tons of ‘blood ivory’ in largely symbolic move

Crush of ivory trinkets shows Obama administration’s resolve in ending illegal trade but stops short of a complete ban on domestic ivory sales The Obama administration fed six tons (5.4 tonnes) of ivory trinkets – all made from the tusks of dead elephants – into a giant blue industrial rock…

Most Israeli Jews oppose current deal on Iran’s nuclear program and back possible military action

Nearly two-thirds of Israeli Jews oppose a deal being reached between world powers and Iran on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, the results of a survey published on Friday said. When asked “Should Israel support or oppose the nuclear agreement being discussed with Iran?” 65.5 percent said they were against it,…

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