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Canadian lawmaker gives Parliament rousing speech about the ‘zombie apocalypse’

A Canadian member of Parliament on Wednesday gave a animated speech to Parliament about the dangers of a zombie invasion from the United States turning into a “zombie apocalypse.” “I rise today to salute the Center for Disease Control and the Providence of Quebec for putting in place emergency measures…

Global demand for gold drops for the first time since 2009

Global demand for gold fell last year in its first tumble since 2009 as demand in leading market India slid, narrowing the gap with second-biggest buyer China, the World Gold Council said Thursday. Demand for the precious metal was 4,405.5 tonnes for the full year, down 3.85 percent from 4,582.3…

As Triumph cruise ship returns to shore, passengers describe conditions as ‘terrible’

Passengers on a stricken cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico are enduring a nightmare after days without power, waiting hours for sparse meals and relieving themselves in plastic bags, one said Thursday. The ship Triumph, owned by Carnival, suffered an engine room fire Sunday that left it disabled and…

Extremists deface headstones in Jerusalem Muslim cemetery with Stars of David

Suspected Jewish extremists scrawled anti-Arab graffiti on the headstones in an ancient Muslim cemetery in west Jerusalem, police and witnesses told AFP on Thursday. “The words ‘price tag’ and Stars of David were scrawled on around a dozen tombs in the Muslim cemetery in Mamilla in central Jerusalem,” a police…

Filipino company specializes in sending online Valentine’s Day messages to loved ones abroad

Romantic Filipinos abroad have found a way to bridge the gap with loved ones at home on Valentine’s Day — via an online serenade service. Jane Soco, managing director of Harana.ph, said Thursday the company’s professional singers would lift the spirits of those left behind as their partners toil in…

Researchers find new owl species in Indonesia

Researchers in Indonesia unwittingly identified a new species of owl believed to be unique to the country, raising hopes of further new bird discoveries, a scientist said Thursday. The brown-and-white Rinjani Scops owl was first spotted in 2003 on the island of Lombok, while researchers were looking for another nocturnal…

Conservative Indonesian Muslims say Valentine’s Day promotes teen ‘sex parties’

Islamic conservatives in Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-populated nation, voiced opposition to Thursday’s Valentine’s Day celebrations, saying they promote teen “sex parties” and premarital sex. After the deputy mayor in the conservative city of Depok on Jakarta’s outskirts urged parents to stop their children from celebrating, local religious leaders voiced…

Nuclear agency talks with Iran fail again

The chief UN atomic inspector said Thursday that talks with Iran had failed again to reach a deal on agreeing enhanced inspections of Tehran’s nuclear programme, and that no new meeting had been set. “We had discussions on the structured approach document but could not finalise the document,” Herman Nackaerts…

Romania abattoir says it has nothing to hide

Opening its doors to prove it has nothing to hide, a Romanian abattoir at the heart of a food scandal that has engulfed Europe insists it has never tried to pass horsemeat off as beef. Located in a snow-covered field in the remote northeastern village of Roma where residents can…

India leads day of ‘One Billion Rising’ for women

Indians were at the forefront of global protests on Thursday in the One Billion Rising campaign for women’s rights, galvanised by the recent fatal gang rape that shocked the country. Flashmobs, marches, singing and dances were planned in about 200 countries as part of the campaign’s day of action, timed…

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