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S. Korea pastor fasts to death in hope of resurrection

Seoul, May 10, 2012 (AFP) – A South Korean Christian pastor has starved himself to death in the belief that he would be resurrected, police said Thursday. They said the 48-year-old female partner of the pastor was arrested Saturday for negligence in the death. The pastor identified only as Jung…

Putin to skip G8 summit in US next week

WASHINGTON — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will skip the G8 summit and ice breaker talks with President Barack Obama next week, the White House said, raising new questions about Moscow-Washington ties. Putin had been expected at the summit at Camp David and to hold talks with the US leader in…

Olympic flame lit for London Games

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AFP) – The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece on Thursday, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year’s summer Games in London. Actors in ancient Greek costume invoked the god Apollo…

Spain’s ‘indignants’ to retake the streets

MADRID — A year after taking over Spain’s streets and squares, sparking a global uprising against economic injustice, the “indignants” are plotting a comeback. The activists, who once led hundreds of thousands into the streets, are launching a four-day protest May 12-15, ending on the anniversary of the movement’s birth…

Fifteen decapitated in apparent Mexico revenge attack

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Police found the dismembered, decapitated bodies of 15 people in two abandoned vehicles in western Mexico Wednesday in an apparent revenge killing between powerful drug gangs. Police initially counted 12 bodies dumped in the car on a road between Mexico’s second city of Guadalajara and the lakeside…

Michele Bachmann granted dual Swiss-American citizenship

Fond of saying she’s proud to be American, former presidential contender Michele Bachmann also frequently has spoken of her family’s Norwegian ancestry. Now the Republican lawmaker is touting new-found ties to Switzerland, after being granted dual citizenship, US media reported Wednesday. “Congresswoman Bachmann’s husband is of Swiss descent so she…

50-person Russian jet goes missing in Indonesian air

A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 with about 50 people on board went missing in a mountainous area south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta during a demonstration flight Wednesday, officials said. The plane disappeared from radar screens 50 minutes into what was meant to be a brief flight and rescue teams…

Canadian police bust international credit card fraud ring

Canadian police said Wednesday they have broken up an international fraud ring that drained some $100 million from the accounts of unsuspecting bank card holders. Authorities arrested 45 people in a series of raids by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, mostly in the Montreal region but also in…

South Korean court sentences U.S. soldier to six years for raping teen

A South Korean court on Wednesday sentenced a US soldier to six years in prison for raping a South Korean teenager last year. The Seoul Central District Court found Private Kevin Robinson, 21, guilty of raping the girl, then aged 17, at her home in the city in September, a…

German man offers to bite the head off a lizard at customs to prove exotic animals were for eating

A German man stopped at customs with 49 live exotic lizards in his bag claimed they were destined for the cooking pot and even offered to bite one’s head off to prove it, officials said Wednesday. Customs officials halted the 28-year-old at Munich airport on his way back from Oman…

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