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U.S. soldier killed at Afghan police checkpoint: official

WASHINGTON — A US soldier was killed at an Afghan police checkpoint on Monday in the latest “insider attack” by local security forces, a US military official said. The assault in eastern Afghanistan was the second shooting incident of the day involving Afghans opening fire on their NATO-led allies, with…

France’s Strauss-Kahn charged in vice ring

LILLE, France — Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged Monday with involvement in an organised vice ring that procured prostitutes for top-class clients, lawyers said. Prosecutors said the 62-year-old former Socialist finance minister and one-time presidential favourite had been released on 100,000 euros ($135,000) bail following the charges.…

Two cannibalism suspects arrested in Russia

Two men have been arrested for separate acts of cannibalism in Russia, authorities told The Moscow Times this week. One man, in Vladivostok, allegedly killed a friend and disposed of his body by eating it. The human remains were reportedly shared with another man. Another individual, in Belinsky, was arrested…

Somali pirates hijack Iran cargo ship in Maldives

Somali pirates seized an Iranian-owned cargo ship and its 23-strong crew in the first hijacking within Maldivian territory, a senior security official said. The vessel identified as MV. Eglantine, had been seized off the north-western Hoarafush island in the Indian Ocean atoll nation of the Maldives, the Maldivian National Defence…

Canadian court rules to allow brothels

A Canadian court on Monday quashed portions of a law banning brothels and living off the avails of prostitution, lifting key barriers which it said put sex trade workers at risk of harm. The Ontario Court of Appeal, however, upheld a ban on communicating for the purposes of selling sex.…

French medical groups accuse celebrity diet guru Pierre Dukan of ethics violations

French medical orders have filed complaints against celebrity diet guru Pierre Dukan, whose diet was reportedly used by the Middleton family ahead of Kate’s wedding to Britain’s Prince William. Both the French and the Parisian Medical Councils accuse Dukan, who promotes a high-protein diet that has seen him sell millions…

Italian wine industry booming despite European debt crisis

Italy’s wine industry is flourishing despite the recession, with booming exports to foreign markets and competitive domestic pricing, experts said Monday at the start of the Vinitaly trade fair. “Italian wine growers have been able to seize the moment,” said Giovanni Mantovani, director of Verona Fiere, the company which organises…

Wife of U.S. soldier accused in Afghan massacre: ‘He loves children’

The wife of a US soldier accused of fatally shooting 17 Afghan civilians broke her silence Monday, insisting in a television interview that her husband was not capable of the heinous crimes. “I have no idea what happened. But he would not — he loves children. And he would not…

Turkish company uses Hitler to sell shampoo

A Turkish company is hoping that images of Adolf Hitler will entice men to buy their shampoo. The Turkish company Biomen has come under fire after they created an advertisement that uses black and white footage of the German dictator urging customers to purchase their “100 percent male shampoo.” “If…

Ahmadinejad tirade on Afghanistan prompts U.S. walkout

A US delegation walked out of a conference in Tajikistan Monday during a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lambasting US policy on Afghanistan as the source of all the nation’s troubles. Ahmadinejad launched his new tirade against Washington at the meeting in the Tajik capital Dushanbe attended by leaders of Afghanistan’s neighbours as well…

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