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El Huffington Post opens in Spain

El Huffington Post opened in Spain on Thursday, poking fun at the government’s handling of the economic crisis in typically irreverent style for the growing news and blogging empire. Founder Arianna Huffington, who launched The Huffington Post in the United States in 2005, flew into Madrid to help prepare the…

Egypt ex-President Mubarak’s health deteriorating in prison

The health of Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak has deteriorated since his transfer to prison after he was sentenced to life in jail over the killing of protesters, the official news agency said Thursday. Mubarak was suffering from “acute depression” and hypertension since his arrival at Tora prison, south of Cairo,…

Prince William qualified to command search-and-rescue helicopter

Prince William has qualified to command a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter, the royal household said Thursday. “Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the military, will now command search and rescue operations in RAF Sea King helicopters,” a statement said. “Until now, Flight Lieutenant Wales has…

‘Canadian Psycho’ likely extradited by the end of June

German prosecutors said Thursday the Canadian porn star accused of the grisly killing and dismemberment of a Chinese student in Montreal last month will likely be extradited by the end of June. “We hope that he can be extradited by the end of the month,” a spokesman for the Berlin…

Data: Amazon deforestation at record low

Deforestation of the Amazon has fallen to its lowest levels since records began, according to data recently released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. The boost for the environment comes a week after president Dilma Rousseff was criticised for weakening the forest protection measures widely credited for the improvement,…

Asian markets lifted by U.S. and Europe stimulus hopes

Asian markets mostly rose for a third successive day on Thursday, posting strong gains on hopes for stimulus measures in the United States and Europe as well as promises of help for Spain’s banks. The euro also held up against the yen and dollar after impressive gains in New York…

Iraq executes Saddam’s chief bodyguard and top aide

Iraq on Thursday executed Saddam Hussein’s presidential secretary and chief bodyguard Abid Hamid Mahmud, justice ministry spokesman Haidar al-Saadi said. “He was executed today,” Saadi said, adding: “The ministry of justice implemented the execution sentence against the criminal Abd Hmoud… for genocide,” referring to Mahmud by the name Iraqis call…

Spanish soccer coach dies one day after getting hired

Spanish coach Manuel Preciado died of a heart attack on Thursday at the age of 54, just a day after he was named the new coach at relegated side Villarreal. “A heart attack claimed the life of Manuel Preciado in the early hours at a hotel in Valencia,” his former…

Drastic measures as Chinese students take college entry exams

More than 9 million students sat China’s notoriously tough college entrance exams on Thursday, with “high-flyer” rooms, nannies and even intravenous drips among the tools being employed for success. With just 6.85 million university spots on offer this year, competition for the top institutions is intense, and attempts to cheat…

Poland to use testicle-biting dogs, sonic cannons for riot control at 2012 Euro Cup

From testicle-biting police dogs to sonic cannons capable of inducing involuntary urination, Polish anti-hooligan squads have an array of weapons ready to deal with any troublesome England fans at Euro 2012. The English-language Krakow Post newspaper asserted in an editorial that local law enforcement agencies were more than ready to…

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