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Ukraine rebels appeal to WWII spirit with Soviet propaganda

Pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine are turning to Soviet World War II posters to spread their message of fighting against Ukrainian “fascists” in a part of the world that was flattened by Nazi troops. “The Motherland Calls!” read one billboard accompanied by a vintage print of a stern-looking Soviet woman…

Vietnam’s taste for ‘little tiger’ leaves cat owners in constant fear

The enduring popularity of “little tiger” as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban. At an unassuming restaurant next to a carwash in central Hanoi, a cat is prepared for hungry clients: drowned, shaved…

Koala survives terrifying 54-mile freeway ride by clinging to bottom of car that struck him

Timberwolf the koala was lucky to be alive Monday after surviving a terrifying 54.5-mile ride down a busy Australian freeway clinging to the bottom of a car. The 4-year-old male, who survived with nothing more than a torn nail, was struck by the vehicle near Maryborough in Queensland state on…

Tanker with Iraqi Kurdish crude cleared to unload cargo off Texas

A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to unload its cargo at sea off Texas on Sunday as a State Department official signaled Washington would not intervene to block delivery of the controversial crude. Coast Guard officials went aboard the tanker United…

Fracking to be allowed in UK national parks under ‘exceptional circumstances’

Fracking will be allowed in British national parks in “exceptional circumstances”, according to government guidelines announced on Monday as new bidding for exploration licenses opens. The extraction of shale gas through the controversial technique in national parks, world heritage sites and areas of outstanding natural beauty would only be granted…

Calls for more screening of donated blood in the EU due to levels of hepatitis E

One in almost 3,000 blood donors in England carry the hepatitis E virus (HEV) which can cause liver disease, said a study Monday that sparked a call for screening in Europe. Published on World Hepatitis Day, a study in The Lancet medical journal said a systematic analysis of donated blood…

Boko Haram militants kidnap wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister

A local traditional leader as well as relatives of Cameroon’s vice prime minister were among people kidnapped by Nigerian Islamist militants Sunday in coordinated raids that left several people dead in the north of the country, officials said. Suspected Boko Haram fighters launched twin attacks on the town of Kolofata…

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu accuses Hamas of violating its own ceasefire on Sunday talk shows

Israel and Hamas have resumed fighting despite tentative offers to extend a humanitarian truce since the end of an initial 12-hour temporary ceasefire on Saturday. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Hamas of violating a ceasefire that it had itself called and vowed that Israeli operations in Gaza…

Pope Francis begs for peace in Middle East and Ukraine: ‘Think of the dead and mutilated children’

Pope Francis called Sunday on warring parties in the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine to put an end to violence which is wounding and killing countless children. “Stop, please stop! I beg you with all my heart,” the 77-year-old Argentine pontiff pleaded before pilgrims packed in St Peter’s Square for…

Jewish mob brutally beats two Palestinian men, Israeli police say

One of two Palestinians who claimed to have been savagely beaten by a Jewish mob in east Jerusalem was still in intensive care in an Israeli hospital on Sunday, two days after the alleged attack. Relatives of Amir Shweiki 20, said on Sunday he was being treated at Jerusalem’s Hadassah…

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