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Margaret Thatcher out of hospital after bladder surgery

Britain’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher has left hospital after successful bladder surgery, British media have reported. The BBC and Sky News television said the 87-year-old was discharged on Saturday, citing sources close to the former premier, but her spokeswoman did not immediately return calls on Sunday seeking confirmation. The…

Police trap reveals how Afghan ‘insider attacks’ work

The Taliban believed Beyar Khan Weyaar was the perfect candidate to prepare an insider attack on Afghan police, but instead he set a daring trap that has given a rare insight into suicide bombing tactics. Weyaar, a low-ranking police officer in the eastern province of Paktika, was approached in November…

23,000 British police officers and staff earn 2nd income, some ‘working as vicars and pole dancers’

More than 23,000 British police officers and staff earn a second income from non-police work, a rise of nearly 20 percent in a year, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Second job titles include vicar, pole-dancing teacher, pallbearer, ski instructor, ice-cream salesman and medium, the Mail on Sunday reported. The newspaper…

From UFOs to ‘tsunami bomb’: New Zealand’s national archive secrets revealed

A new book has revealed rare historical gems buried in New Zealand’s national archives, including a bizarre WWII plan to create a “tsunami bomb” and military files detailing supposed UFO sightings. Author Ray Waru said he wrote “Secrets and Treasures” to highlight the material publicly available at Archives New Zealand…

Church backs Vladimir Putin’s ban on Americans adopting Russian children

Russian Orthodox church criticised for supporting Kremlin again The Russian Orthodox church has been attacked for supporting a new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, at the end of a year that saw it plagued by scandal and accusations of collusion with an increasingly authoritarian Kremlin. Father Vsevolod Chaplin,…

Tennis hits new low with copper mine match

Sport will plunge to new depths in March when former professional tennis players Marcelo Rios and Guillermo Coria contest a match 1,500m down inside the world’s largest copper mine. “A tennis court of clay and cement will be built at a depth of 1,500m,” organiser Juan Romero told El Mercurio…

Thousands of Macedonian protesters call on government to resign

Several thousand Macedonians protested in the capital Skopje on Saturday, calling on the conservative government to step down amid a dire economic crisis in the former Yugoslav republic. The rally, organised by the opposition left-wing SDSM party, came after the government adopted the 2013 budget Monday amid a series of…

Explosives found near home of Cyprus president

Three pounds (1.36 kilogrammes) of military grade TNT were found on Saturday close to the holiday home of Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, police said. The “high yield explosives and a common detonator” were discovered at a distance of 500 metres (yards) from the president’s retreat and ready to use, police…

Convicted rapists put to death by hanging in Iran

Iran on Saturday hanged an Afghan drug trafficker and four Iranians, three of them convicted of rape, local media reported. The 27-year-old Afghan from Herat, identified only by his initials MM, was sent to the gallows in the northern city of Damghan after being convicted of selling around two kilos…

Pope attends ecumenical gathering of 40,000 young Christians

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday attended an ecumenical gathering of around 40,000 young people in Rome’s St Peter’s Square. The young Christians — Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox — came to Rome as part of a European meeting of the Taize community, an ecumenical monastic order in Taize in eastern France.…

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