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Russian family lived in wilderness for 40 years and missed World War II

A family of religious refugees lived in the Siberian wilderness for 40 years completely cut off from civilization. According to an article published Monday in Smithsonian magazine, when archeologists found the Lykov family, they were on the verge of starvation and had no knowledge of major events of the last…

Egyptian defense minister: Country on the verge of collapse

Egyptian Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi warned on Tuesday that the political crisis rocking Egypt could lead to the collapse of the state. Failure to resolve the situation “could lead to grave repercussions if the political forces do not act” to tackle it, Sissi said in comments posted on…

‘Off-the-scale’ smog envelops Beijing and northern China

Pollution levels in Beijing soared above index limits, the US embassy said, as a dense cloud of haze shrouded large swathes of northern China. People in the capital, some wearing masks, Tuesday battled through a second consecutive day of pollution at hazardous levels. Beijing municipal authorities warned those with respiratory…

World Trade Organization holds elections for top spot

Candidates from nine mainly developing nations face off this week for the job of reviving stalled global trade talks as the new head of the World Trade Organization. Six men and three women, many of them current or former government ministers, have thrown their hat into the ring to replace…

South African thieves steal man’s dreadlocks

A Zimbabwean man was recently robbed of his dreadlocks at a South African night club to feed a growing demand for human hair extensions, a local paper reported Tuesday. The Times said Mutsa Madonko had his long locks that he has grown for 10 years, cut off while partying at…

India’s top court rejects bid to move gang-rape trial

India’s Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday an application to move the trial of five men accused of the fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi. A three-judge bench dismissed the petition, which argued that the men could not get a fair trial in the capital, because…

Military called in as deadly floods batter Australia

Australia ramped up its military response to deadly floodwaters rising in the country’s sodden northeast Tuesday which have killed four people and displaced or isolated tens of thousands. Storms triggered by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald have claimed four lives — the most recent a three-year-old boy killed by a falling tree…

Top Bolshoi ballerina ‘flees Russia’ after threats

One of the Bolshoi ballet’s best known ballerinas has fled Russia for Canada after receiving threats over a business dispute involving her husband, a Russian newspaper reported Tuesday. Svetlana Lunkina told the Izvestia daily she had taken leave from the theatre until the end of the season over troubles stemming…

Most countries do little to combat corruption in arms trade, study finds

Transparency International estimates cost of corruption in defense sector amounts to at least $20 billion a year Most countries, including a large majority of the world’s biggest weapons importers, lack the tools to prevent corruption in the arms trade, according to an unprecedented international study of national defense ministries and…

Guatemala ex-dictator to be tried for genocide

A judge in Guatemala on Monday ordered the trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt for genocide in the killings of more than 1,750 indigenous people during his 1982-83 regime. The 86-year-old Rios Montt sat stoically as Judge Miguel Galvez ordered the opening of a trial “for the crimes of…

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