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Long-running Frankfurt ‘Occupy’ camp cleared

German authorities on Wednesday cleared out a group of protesters who have camped for months in front of the European Central Bank, ahead of huge anti-capitalism protests expected at the weekend. Some of the demonstrators hurled paint at police who were moving them on, after they ignored a request to leave voluntarily,…

Tips for fighting zombie attacks: Canada says be prepared

MONTREAL — If you’re in Canada this summer, and you don’t want to die, then listen up. If you’re ready for a zombie attack, then you’re ready for just about anything. That’s the message British Columbia is sending its citizens and tourists in a website it launched this week, which…

China dissident Chen Guangcheng tells U.S. of abuse of family

WASHINGTON — A dissident at the center of a standoff between Beijing and Washington on Tuesday accused Chinese authorities of a pattern of abuse against his family as he again took his case to US lawmakers. Chen Guangcheng, a blind self-taught lawyer who last month dramatically escaped house arrest for…

U.S. visas ready for blind Chinese activist and family

The United States said Tuesday that visas are ready for activist Chen Guangcheng and his family once the Chinese authorities allow him to leave the country for the United States. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters that “all of the processing on the US side has been completed” to…

British scientists protest budget cuts with mock funeral

When Vince Cable made his first major speech on science in September 2010, it was too much for Jenny Rohn, a cell biologist at University College London. Stung by the business secretary’s implication that “mediocre” British science deserved significant cuts in the forthcoming comprehensive spending review, she blogged: “Sod it.…

Police arrest at least five student protesters in Quebec

Riot police used teargas to disperse some 100 students and parents blocking the entrance of a college north of Montreal on Tuesday, as a student strike in Canada’s Quebec province entered a 14th week. Authorities also arrested at least five protesters after a tense standoff at College Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Therese,…

Man sets himself on fire outside Norway killer’s trial

An unidentified man set himself on fire Tuesday outside a courthouse in Oslo, Norway, where mass murderer Anders Breivik is on trial, leaving police insisting the bizarre self immolation was an act of a seriously disturbed individual and had nothing to do with Breivik. In a shocking video published to…

Afghanistan: Home to ‘world’s most extreme golf’

“Welcome to the most extreme golf in the world,” says the European Union ambassador to Afghanistan, as half-a-dozen heavily armed bodyguards fan out around him and scan the Kabul Golf Club course. But Vygaudas Usackas is not talking about security threats facing golfers in a war zone — he’s talking about the course. It is one…

China dismisses Dalai Lama murder plot claim

China has accused the Dalai Lama of “deceiving the world” and “spreading false information” after Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said he was warned of a plot by Chinese agents to assassinate him. The Buddhist monk made the allegation in an interview with Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, saying he had been told that agents were planning to poison him…

Strauss-Kahn files $1 million suit against NY maid

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against the New York hotel maid at the center of last year’s explosive sexual assault allegations, a report said Tuesday. A year after the scandal broke, the former French Socialist party presidential hopeful accused the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, of “knowingly and intentionally making a false…

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