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And the gold medallist in pigeon killing is …

Live pigeon shooting, pistol duelling and club swinging won’t feature at the London Olympics, but there was a time when they were all medal events. Live pigeon shooting featured for the first — and only — time at the Paris Olympics in 1900 where around 300 birds were killed. Belgium’s…

U.S. designates Afghanistan as major ally: Clinton

KABUL (AFP) – The United States has designated Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally, giving the war-torn country special privileges as the US prepares to pull its troops out in 2014, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday. Clinton announced the move, which provides a long-term framework for security and…

Church of England set to vote on women bishops

The Church of England is set to take a final vote on Monday on whether to ordain women bishops, after years of wrangling between traditionalists and liberals. The General Synod, the governing body of the worldwide Anglican Communion’s mother church, voted Friday to stage a further discussion and a vote…

Four injured in first Pamplona bull run

At least four people were injured Saturday, including a man who was gored in the leg, during the first bull run of Pamplona’s San Fermin festival in northern Spain, officials said. Three people suffered bruises or cuts to their legs or back in spills, and all four injured runners were…

China to create Tibetan culture theme park just outside Lhasa

Chinese officials have announced plans to build a £3bn Tibetan culture theme park outside Lhasa in three to five years. Authorities see developing tourism as crucial to the economic future of Tibet and have set a goal of attracting 15 million tourists a year by 2015, generating up to 18bn…

U.S court orders Iran to pay $813 million for 1983 Beirut bombing

WASHINGTON — A US federal judge has ordered Iran to pay more than $813 million in damages and interest to the families of 241 US soldiers killed in the 1983 bombing of a Marine barracks in Lebanon. “After this opinion, this court will have issued over $8.8 billion in judgments…

Human rights group attacks Thailand plan to deport pregnant migrant workers

Thai government proposals to deport pregnant migrant workers will heighten discrimination rather than boost the fight against human trafficking, Human Rights Watch said Friday. Thailand’s Labour Ministry recently proposed expelling migrant workers, believing they will receive better care in their own countries. The rights group said the measure was floated…

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un gets new official theme song

Over the past decade or so, the bubblegum pop and kitsch dance routines of South Korean K-pop bands have taken the charts by storm across Asia and Latin America. Across the Korean border to the north, meanwhile, broadcasters are prompting a track somewhat less likely to find international success: a…

U.S. crew sings ‘Miss American Pie’ before launching missile in Afghanistan

A video has surfaced online that appears to show a US helicopter crew singing “Bye-bye Miss American Pie” before blasting a group of Afghan men with a Hellfire missile. The footage comes in the wake of a string of damaging videos and pictures showing US forces in Afghanistan urinating on…

Pena Nieto wins Mexico’s presidential election

Enrique Pena Nieto decisively won Mexico’s presidential election, the electoral office said Friday, issuing final vote results following a demand for a recount by his closest rival. Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who had contested the provisional tally, scored 31.59 percent of the vote, against 38.21 percent for Pena…

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