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Deaf Belgian twins going blind ‘commit euthanasia’

Deaf Belgian identical twins used a decade-old euthanasia law in a mercy-killing pact after they began to go blind, Flemish media reported Saturday. In what was presented as a unique case, the 45-year-old men from the Antwerp area who shared a bedroom all their lives began to encounter problems with…

Beijing choked by pollution at dangerous levels

Dense smog shrouded Beijing on Saturday, with pollution at hazardous levels for a second day and residents advised to stay indoors, state media said. The municipal environment warning centre issued an alert advising the elderly, children, and those suffering respiratory or cardiovascular illness to avoid going out or doing strenuous…

‘Here Comes the Sun’ flashmob cheers Spanish unemployment office

A flashmob of musicians organised by radio show serenades long queue of people at Madrid office amid harsh winter of austerity A flashmob of musicians has cheered up the long queue in a busy Spanish unemployment office by playing the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. During the stunt organised by…

Angry Pakistani Shiites refuse to bury dead

Shiite families refusing to bury their dead after twin bombings in Pakistan’s troubled southwestern city of Quetta vowed to continue their sit-in protest Saturday until the army takes over security. Hundreds of protesters have gathered on the main road near the snooker hall that was the scene of Thursday’s twin…

French soldiers killed in botched Somalia hostage raid

Two French soldiers died and 17 “terrorists” were killed in a failed bid to free a French hostage in southern Somalia from Islamists holding him since 2009, the French defence minister said Saturday. The overnight operation was launched by France’s elite DGSE secret service, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said…

1,000 Foxconn workers on strike in China

Over 1,000 workers went on strike over working conditions at a plant linked to Foxconn, a rights group said on Saturday, in the latest controversy to hit the Taiwanese technology giant. Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) said the strike erupted at a Foxconn factory in Fengcheng,…

Runaway boy, 13, drives father’s Mercedes across Europe

A 13-year-old boy ran away from his adoptive parents in Italy, taking his father’s Mercedes and driving 1,000 kilometres (more than 600 miles) towards his native Poland before being stopped in Germany. The boy — a go-kart enthusiast — managed to pass motorway toll booths and cross two international borders…

Bus torched in fresh Northern Ireland riots

Police in Northern Ireland fired plastic bullets and water cannon as pro-British loyalists furious over restrictions on flying the British flag torched a bus and hurled petrol bombs at officers. Violence also flared in towns outside the capital Belfast as loyalists — the Protestant community’s working-class hardcore — blocked roads…

Native leaders meet with Canada PM amid threat to bring economy ‘to its knees’

Indigenous Canadians marched on the capital and other major cities threatening to bring the economy “to its knees” as their leaders met with officials to try to resolve a row over extreme poverty on reserves. As many as 500 aboriginals protested in freezing rain outside parliament in Ottawa in support…

Walmart replaces Latin American chief after Mexico scandal

Walmart announced Friday it is replacing the head of its Latin America unit as the company faces probes for alleged bribery in its Mexico operations. Walmart said Eduardo Solorzano, who had overseen a rapid and powerful expansion in Mexico in the early 2000s that is clouded by allegations of corrupt…

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