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First portrait of Duchess Kate unveiled

The first official portrait of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled Friday at a London gallery where it was hailed by its subject as “amazing” but slammed by some critics. The National Portrait Gallery commissioned award-winning artist Paul Emsley to produce the painting of Prince William’s wife after she became…

Anger as Norway police drop Breivik response probe

The family of a teenager killed by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik reacted angrily Friday after a probe into police’s slow response to the July 2011 twin attacks was dropped. “Apparently, no one will ever learn from the grave mistakes that were made on July 22, not the police…

Thief posts own picture on victim’s Facebook page

A suspected thief appears to have mistakenly posted his own picture on his victim’s Facebook page using a stolen tablet computer, South African media reported Friday. James and Barbara McCall returned from a weekend break to find thieves had broken into their home and had made off with digital cameras,…

Red-dust sunset as west Australia braces for cyclone

Western Australians were bracing for a cyclone with residents warned to batten down for storms and destructive winds gusting up to 140 kilometres per hour (90 mph). Cyclone Narelle was estimated to be 525 kilometres (325 miles) north of Exmouth and 505 kilometres north-west of Karratha near the Pilbara mining…

Pollution turns Hong Kong harbour from ‘fragrant’ to foul

Hong Kong’s name may mean “fragrant harbour”, but cargo ships burning dirty fuel in what is one of the world’s busiest ports add to a foul layer of pollution that kills more than 3,000 people a year. Now the government is vowing to get tough, with activists hoping mandatory restrictions…

Critics of Likud’s new vanguard say party has abandoned founder’s ideals

Critics of Likud's new vanguard say party has abandoned founder's ideals Few Israelis today remember that until 1966, Arab citizens of the Jewish state were under army rule and needed permits from the local military governor to travel outside their home towns for work, study, or medical care. Even fewer…

Idle No More: Canada’s indigenous ‘Occupy’ movement

Idle No More: Canada's indigenous 'Occupy' movement Canada’s First Nations peoples and their supporters have been loudly protesting federal legislation that, they say, strips protections from dozens of Canada’s lakes and waterways and ignores the government’s treaty obligations to its indigenous inhabitants. Since November, dozens of demonstrations…   [Idle No…

Billions in Afghan aid could be wasted: U.S. inspector

Billions of dollars in American assistance to Afghanistan could ultimately go to waste without better planning and security in the war-torn nation, a US investigator said Thursday. John Sopko, the congressionally mandated Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, aired his concerns as Afghan President Hamid Karzai held talks in Washington…

Tensions rising in Canada over aboriginal living conditions

Canada’s governor general on Thursday invited native chiefs to meet with him amid growing tensions with aboriginal peoples over squalid living conditions on reserves. The “ceremonial meeting” at Rideau Hall, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in this former British colony, is scheduled for Friday evening after planned…

Catholic bishops slam Israel’s security barrier

A delegation of Roman Catholic bishops from Europe and North America pledged on Thursday to press their governments to act against the “injustice” of Israel’s West Bank separation barrier. During a three-day trip ending on Thursday, the eight prelates visited Christian congregations in the Gaza Strip, Bethlehem, the West Bank…

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