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Monaco Prince Albert accepts damages for a story claiming wife was reluctant to marry him

Prince Albert of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene have accepted an offer of damages from Britain’s Sunday Times over a 2011 story which had suggested she was reluctant to marry him. The royal couple were represented at London’s High Court by their lawyer, Mark Thomson, who said the July…

Fashion magazine employee’s dog killed in revolving door in London

One of the best connected canines in London met a grisly end this week after being killed in the revolving door of the office block where his owner worked at high society fashion magazine Tatler. Alan, a long-haired miniature dachshund, died on Monday afternoon in the doors at Vogue House,…

Egyptian high court to rule on Islamist-dominated senate and constitution

Egypt’s top court was on Tuesday to rule whether Egypt’s Islamist-dominated Senate should be dissolved as well as on the validity of a panel that wrote the country’s controversial constitution. In advance of the landmark rulings, dozens staged a sit-in overnight outside the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) on the banks…

China may cut U.S. debt holdings

China’s sovereign wealth fund, which has more than $480 billion in assets, could cut holdings of US Treasury Bonds as they are becoming a less attractive investment, state media said Tuesday. The Shanghai Securities News quoted Lou Jiwei, chairman of sovereign wealth fund manager China Investment Corp (CIC), as telling…

Documents reveal U.S. sells arms to Bahrain’s anti-democracy government crackdown

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Despite Bahrain’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, the U.S. has continued to provide weapons and maintenance to the small Mideast nation. Defense Department documents released to ProPublica give the fullest picture yet of the arms sales: The list includes ammunition, combat vehicle parts, communications equipment, Blackhawk…

French president pushes for investment in clean energy

French President Francois Hollande called on Tuesday for pumping more investments in renewable energy projects to prepare for the post-oil era and to avoid global warming and very high oil prices. “If we don’t spend … we will have a catastrophe,” Hollande told the opening session of the World Future…

Thousands protest over rape of 7-year-old girl in India

Thousands protested in the holiday state of Goa on Tuesday after a seven-year-old girl was raped in a school toilet, sparking fresh outrage in India following a deadly gang-rape on a bus. Crowds began gathering outside the Deepvihar High School in the city of Vasco da Gama on Monday night…

Sri Lanka’s former chief justice fears for her life

Sri Lanka’s sacked chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake vacated her official residence in Colombo Tuesday, saying she feared for her life and that of her husband and son. “My life is in danger. The lives of all three of us are in danger,” Bandaranayake told reporters as she drove out. “I…

World cycling organization urges Armstrong to testify

Cycling’s world governing body on Tuesday called on Lance Armstrong to give evidence to its investigation into widespread doping, amid reports that the US rider would admit taking banned substances in an interview. The International Cycling Union (UCI) said in an emailed statement that it would not be commenting until…

British court rules Christian employee’s right to wear cross ‘does not trump other human rights’

EHCR decision in favour of BA worker’s right to wear cross does not uphold religious belief over equality, say secular groups Secular groups have welcomed a Strasbourg court ruling that religious freedoms do not trump other human rights as a victory against discrimination. Keith Porteous Wood, the executive director of…

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