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UN reaches Syrian massacre site

UN monitors on Friday finally reached the site of a massacre of villagers in Syria on their second attempt as Western powers pressed at the United Nations for sanctions against Damascus. The sanctions push came as international envoy Kofi Annan called for “additional pressure” in the wake of the latest…

Canadian robber sprayed with bear repellant and spanked on bare ass

A Canadian robber got a face full of bear spray and then a spanking on his naked butt on Tuesday after he tried to rob a convenience store in Gatineau, Quebec. Zhen Yang was closing up shop around 10:30 p.m. when two men entered the store carrying knives and demanding…

Qaeda chief’s wife congratulates women on Arab Spring, encourages sons to jihad

The wife of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has congratulated Muslim women for the role they have played in the Arab Spring and urged them to raise their children for jihad. “I congratulate all Muslim women for these blessed revolutions,” Umaima Hassan Ahmed Mohammed Hassan wrote in a letter posted on…

India approves four new tiger sanctuaries

India has approved four new tiger sanctuaries and a “tiger corridor” in the latest of a series of measures designed to stem the decline of the threatened species. Prithviraj Chavan, chief minister of the western state of Maharashtra, announced the steps that will add more than 500 square kilometres (200…

UN: 2 million children could be saved by focusing on pneumonia and diarrhea

More than two million children’s lives in poor countries could be saved in the next three years by focusing on pneumonia and diarrhoea, the two biggest killers of under-fives, a UN report said on Friday. The UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) report, Pneumonia and diarrhoea: tackling the deadliest diseases for the…

Racism rears its head on eve of Euro Cup 2012

Fears over Euro 2012 being overshadowed by racism returned on Friday, after UEFA confirmed that there was racist chanting at the Netherlands’ public training session this week in the Polish city of Krakow. European football’s governing body, though, stopped short of launching a formal investigation, saying it had not received…

Iran opens new talks with UN nuclear watchdog

The UN nuclear watchdog was holding fresh talks with Iran Friday in Vienna, where it was expected to push for access to a suspected testing site near Tehran. The agency’s chief inspector Herman Nackaerts and deputy director general Rafael Grossi were meeting Iran’s envoy to the agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh,…

UN tries again to reach Syria massacre site

UN monitors are to try again on Friday to reach the site of a new Syrian massacre after being shot at in their first attempt, after Kofi Annan urged united action to stop the crisis from spiralling out of control. Anti-regime demonstrations were expected after weekly Muslim Friday prayers, activists…

Usain Bolt: New start blocks too small for my feet

Usain Bolt scorched to his third 100m victory on his European tour as part of his warm-up for the Jamaican Olympic trials, but was left bemoaning a change to the starting blocks which he says slows him down. Bolt, who stands 1.96m (6’5″) tall and boasts a whopping UK size…

Was Canadian ‘psycho killer’ inspired by Hollywood?

Was alleged Canadian “psycho killer” Luka Rocco Magnotta inspired by Hollywood? That’s a growing question fueled by multiple clues surrounding the grisly murder of a Chinese student. The fact that Magnotta — a porn actor — allegedly filmed himself killing and dismembering 33-year-old Lin Jun, and made a series of…

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