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Spanish king’s grandson shoots self in foot

Spanish King Juan Carlos’ 13-year-old grandson accidentally shot himself in the foot while practising with his father, the palace said Tuesday. The boy, Felipe Marichalar Borbon, shot himself while learning to use a shotgun on the family’s estate in Soria, north-central Spain, on Monday, the royal household said in a statement.…

Brazil’s Rousseff tells Obama of ‘currency war’ worries

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has voiced concern to US President Barack Obama that the easy money policies of developed countries threaten the growth of emerging economies like Brazil. The comments from the leader of Brazil, the world’s sixth largest economy, came Monday on her first visit to the White House…

100 years after Titanic, dangers remain for cruise ships

PARIS — The Titanic was the pride of the industry when it went down off the coast of Canada on its maiden voyage a hundred years ago with the loss of 1,514 lives, a giant of a ship. These days, the trend is for even bigger and grander vessels, especially…

U.K. feminists hail explosion in new grassroots groups

Dozens of new organisations are springing up around the UK, campaigning on issues from lads’ mags to benefit cuts It was the lads’ mags – with semi-naked women in suggestive poses on their covers – being sold at eye level at her corner shop that did it. “I just don’t…

U.S. wants ‘concrete steps’ from Iran over nuclear program

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday said Iran needed to take “concrete steps” to assure the United States and the international community that it was not pursuing nuclear weapons. “We’re looking forward to these talks creating a conducive environment for concrete progress,” Jay Carney, spokesman for President Barack Obama,…

U.S. hails constitutional transfer of power in Malawi

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday congratulated Joyce Banda on becoming Malawi’s new president following what it hailed as a peaceful and constitutional transfer of power. In Lilongwe, Banda on Saturday told supporters there was no room for revenge as she was sworn in as Africa’s second female head…

UK schools working to educate students about forced child marriages

When pupils are at imminent risk of forced marriage, schools sometimes have to take desperate measures. For Liz Coffey, principal of Landau Forte college in Derby, helping children to escape the fate decreed by their families has meant anything from “literally bundling them into a car and away” to stretching…

First Arab sumo wrestler chases glory in Japan

With legs resembling tree trunks and packing the body weight of two average-sized men, sumo wrestling’s “Great Sandstorm” would seem a good fit for the wildly popular Japanese sport. But Egypt’s Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, the first professional sumo wrestler from both the African continent and Arab world, faces some mighty challenges as he embarks…

Iran urges ‘honesty’ in crucial nuclear talks

Iran on Monday urged “honesty” at crucial talks with world powers due to be held this week in order to defuse a tense international showdown over its disputed nuclear activities. “We hope the P5+1 will come to the negotiating table with honesty, and we also will make an honest effort so that…

Northern Ireland pinning hopes on Titanic resurgence

A century after the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, Belfast is counting on a new visitor attraction about the iconic ship to put the city that built it back on the tourist map. The Northern Irish capital hopes the Titanic Belfast complex will entice holidaymakers to spend time — and, crucially, money —…

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