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Man loses testicle in dog attack

A Toronto man suffered serious injuries to the face, neck and groin in an attack by his girlfriend’s dog. According to CTV Online, police, paramedics and Toronto animal control responded to the scene where they man lay injured. No reason has been given for the attack, but police sources said…

Iranian film challenges social conventions by focusing on trans people

Facing Mirrors brings transsexuality to the big screen for the first time, even though Khomeini fatwa legalised it in 1987 Adineh and Rana are women from very different sides of the track. Wealthy, modern and rebellious, Adineh has fled the family home, harbouring a secret desire to become a man.…

Industry: Global air passenger traffic growth has slowed

Global air passenger traffic growth has slowed considerably, and rose by just 4.1 percent year-on-year in September, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Friday. Global air cargo demand meanwhile grew just 0.6 percent in September compared with the same month in 2011, the Geneva-based organisation said in a statement.…

Israelis back Mitt Romney in upcoming presidential election but Palestinians are indifferent

Israel may be openly hoping that Republican challenger Mitt Romney will end up stealing the presidency from Barack Obama, but for the Palestinians it makes little difference who takes over the White House. With the US presidential race drawing to a close, Israelis have come out strongly in favour of…

Israel admits to 1988 Mossad assasination of ‘PLO No.2 Abu Jihad’: report

Israel has for the first time admitted assassinating the PLO’s former number two, Abu Jihad, in a raid on the movement’s Tunis headquarters in 1988, a newspaper reported on Thursday. The report, published in Israel’s top-selling Yediot Aharonot, said the operation was planned by the Mossad spy agency and carried…

Ambassador to Japan does damage control after U.S. serviceman allegedly attacks child on Okinawa

Washington’s envoy to Japan moved Friday into damage-control mode for the second time in a month after a soldier allegedly attacked a schoolboy on an island already angry over the US military presence. Ambassador John Roos appeared in front of television cameras pledging full cooperation after claims that a drunken…

Workers end strike at South Africa coal mine

Miners have ended a six-week strike and returned to work at the Mooiplaats coal mine in northeastern South Africa after the company agreed to a 26 percent pay increase, Coal of Africa said Friday. The legal strike had begun on September 25 and staff returned to work at the colliery…

Britain’s Foreign Office under fire for spending £10,000 to re-stuff a giant anaconda named Albert.

Britain’s Foreign Office has come under fire after it emerged that it paid £10,000 to re-stuff a giant anaconda named Albert. The 20-foot snake, which has been in the possession of the foreign office for at least 120 years, is believed to have been presented to colonial officials in what…

Citizens of China and Japan support Barack Obama for a second term, poll shows

Citizens of China and Japan overwhelmingly support President Barack Obama to win a second term, according to an AFP-Ipsos poll which suggests Mitt Romney’s tough talk on the Asian powers could have dented his image. The US elections may be a toss-up at home but the survey carried out by…

Outrage as Antarctic ocean sanctuary talks end in failure

SYDNEY — Conservation groups expressed outrage after resistance led by China and Russia stymied efforts to carve out new marine sanctuaries and protect thousands of species across Antarctica. Hopes were high that a reserve covering 1.6 million square kilometres (640,000 square miles) would be green-lighted for the pristine Ross Sea,…

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