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Australian teen found after spending two months in wild

An Australian teenager who went missing two months ago was discovered in bushland minutes from his home, emaciated, exhausted and covered in leeches, police said. Matthew Allen’s family feared the worst after the 18-year-old disappeared in late November from Westleigh, in northwest Sydney. His mobile phone and bank accounts went…

Venezuela making ‘bald-faced lies’ over Chavez: opposition

Venezuela’s government is flat-out lying to its people about cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez’s health, the country’s leading opposition figure charged Sunday. “The people are being told bald-faced lies about the situation the president is in,” Henrique Capriles, who lost last October’s presidential race to Chavez, said at a ceremony in…

Anger mounts over corruption in recession-hit Spain

Anger over a long list of corruption scandals implicating bankers, politicians and even members of the royal family is on the rise in recession-hit Spain, putting the spotlight on the failure of the country’s democracy to tackle the issue. At demonstrations against government austerity measures, chants against alleged shady deals…

Mohamed Morsi declares emergency in three Egyptian cities

by Patrick Kingsley State of emergency and curfews announced for Port Said, Ismailiya and Suez in response to wave of political violence President Mohamed Morsi has announced a state of emergency in three cities near Egypt’s Suez Canal, following four days of civil unrest that have left at least 40…

Turkey bans hookah in public places

After banning smoking in public places, the Turkish government has gone one step further by clamping down on an ancient tradition — the hookah, or water pipe. As of Sunday it is no longer permitted to smoke the “hubbly-bubbly” in cafes, bars or restaurants as the conservative Islamic government cracks…

Gambling regulations in some Asian countries allows only foreigners to play

The casino industry is booming across Asia, offering anyone looking for high-stakes action a wide choice of venues, from high-tech South Korea to the Himalayan nation of Nepal and communist Vietnam. Anyone, that is, except South Koreans, Nepalese or Vietnamese. For conservative Asian countries, the financial pros and social cons…

French health body probes acne medication linked to deaths

French health regulator ANSM has launched a probe into the drug Diane-35, used to treat acne and also as a contraceptive, after linking it to four deaths over the past 25 years. Produced by the German drugmaker Bayer, Diane-35 is authorised in 135 countries and sold in 116. In 2012,…

The Hitler home movies: How Eva Braun documented the dictator’s private life

Lutz Becker was born in Berlin, he says, “during the anno diabolo, 1941. Mine was the generation that was sent into a dark pit.” Meeting this survivor of the Third Reich, now in his 70s and living in Bayswater, London, it’s hard to suppress the thought that Becker, a distinguished…

Thousands gather in Paris to support same-sex marriage

Thousands of gay rights campaigners packed the streets of Paris on Sunday to call for the legalisation of gay marriage, two days before a key parliamentary debate on the hugely divisive issue. Waving rainbow flags and carrying banners reading “For equality now, against discrimination always”, the demonstrators gathered to promote…

Iran sentences U.S. pastor to eight years in prison

A Tehran court on Sunday sentenced an Iranian-American pastor to eight years in prison over his role in underground churches in the Islamic nation, a US group supporting him said. Saeed Abedini, a naturalized US citizen who converted to Christianity, was convicted of threatening Iran’s national security over underground church…

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