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Spanish police arrest woman with cocaine breast implants

Spanish police arrested a Panamanian woman when she landed in Spain on a flight from Bogata, Colombia with cocaine-filled breast implants. According to Reuters, Spain’s Interior Ministry reported that border control officials became suspicious of the woman’s vague answers as to why she was in the country. Spanish authorities conduct…

Chavez recovering from surgery in Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was recovering in a Cuban hospital Wednesday after six hours of surgery to treat a cancerous lesion in an operation his vice president said ended “successfully.” Chavez would soon begin a “post-operative phase” that would last several days, Nicolas Maduro said in a late Tuesday address…

Spice Girls musical panned by British critics

British critics delivered scathing reviews of the Spice Girls musical “Viva Forever!” which opened Tuesday night in London in the presence of the girl band. The show was overseen by Judy Craymer, the producer who masterminded the worldwide smash hit Abba jukebox show “Mamma Mia”, but one critic warned Spice…

German police raid Deutsche Bank for tax dodging

German prosecutors and tax police have raided the offices of Deutsche Bank, Germany’s biggest lender said on Wednesday. “As part of an ongoing investigation against individuals suspected of tax fraud connected with trading in carbon emissions certificates, prosecutors searched the premises of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt,” a bank spokesman said.…

North Korean rocket launch plan sparks global fury

Global fury over North Korea’s long-range rocket launch heightened pressure Wednesday for tougher sanctions against its regime, as the UN Security Council held urgent talks. The 15-member council was to hold closed formal consultations on North Korea, with western nations looking for signs of China’s willingness to punish its neighbor,…

Pippa Middleton defends ‘glaringly obvious’ party planning book

Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Prince William’s wife Kate, spoke out Wednesday in defence of her book on party planning after critics accused her of offering “glaringly obvious” advice. Middleton, 29, reportedly secured an advance worth £400,000 ($650,000, 500,000 euros) for the book from publishers keen to cash in…

Norwegian boy celebrates his 12th birthday on 12/12/12

By the magic of numbers a Norwegian boy celebrated a very special occasion on Wednesday, feting his 12th birthday on December 12, 2012 — 12/12/12 — at 12:12 pm, a newspaper reported. Joergen Svendsen Killi was born on December 12, 2000 at 12:12 pm, according to his birth certificate, a…

German parliament passes law allowing religious circumcision

Germany’s parliament passed a law on Wednesday to allow religious circumcision, clarifying the legal situation after a court said the rite amounted to grievous bodily harm in a ruling that caused international uproar. Members of the Bundestag or lower house of parliament passed the cross-party motion by 434 votes to…

WWF: Illegal wildlife poaching ‘threatens national security’

Poaching and illegal trade in protected species like elephants, rhinos and tigers has boomed into a $19-billion-a-year industry that threatens security and stability in many countries, the World Wildlife Fund warned Wednesday. “Besides driving many endangered species towards extinction, illegal wildlife trade strengthens criminal networks (and) undermines national security,” the…

Dead nurse who received hoax call found hanged

By Caroline Davies, The Guardian Jacintha Saldanha was discovered at flat near King Edward VII hospital where Duchess of Cambridge was being treated The nurse found dead after a hoax call to the hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was found hanged, the Guardian understands. Jacintha Saldanha, 46, a…

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