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Family of late Swedish minister sues over ‘slanderous’ film

The family of late Swedish prime minister Olof Palme has filed a complaint for slander with judicial authorities over a film that shows a character similar to the leader assassinated in 1986 going to a brothel, Swedish media reported Friday. “I think spreading rumours without any substance is unacceptable, accusing…

Toxic cloud forms over Buenos Aires

A toxic cloud that formed Thursday triggered a public scare that forced the evacuation of offices in Buenos Aires and the suspension of metro and train services in a tourist area. Security Secretary Sergio Berni said the situation had since been brought under control. The incident took place after a…

Budapest airport shut over electrical problems

Budapest’s international airport remained closed late Friday after an electrical fault in its control tower, but was scheduled to re-open early on Saturday, airport authorities said. “Budapest Airport will remain closed, and will not launch or receive flights, until midnight tonight,” the airport said in a statement on its website.…

Nurse who transferred Kate Middleton prank call found dead in possible suicide

A nurse who was tricked by a pair of Australian radio DJs into putting a call through to staff attending to Kate Middleton was found dead on Friday, The Daily Mail reported. The body of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at King Edward VII Hospital, was found Friday morning near her workplace.…

Swedish police launch investigation into artist claiming to use Holocaust ashes in work

Swedish police on Friday said they had launched an investigation into an artist who says he used paint mixed from the ashes of Holocaust victims in a watercolour. Carl Michael von Hausswolff claims he used ashes he took from a crematorium at the Majdanek concentration camp in 1989, mixing them…

Afghanistan’s intelligence chief target of underwear bomber

The suicide bomber who tried to assassinate Afghanistan’s spy chief detonated a bomb hidden in his underwear, the intelligence agency said Friday. Asadullah Khalid, who heads the National Directorate of Security (NDS), was targeted by a bomber posing as a Taliban peace envoy in a spy agency guesthouse in the…

Beneath the burqa: Afghan women opt for cosmetic surgery

Despite living much of their lives behind a veil, some Afghan women are feeling pressure to conform to ideals of female beauty and are lining up for cosmetic surgery at a handful of clinics in Kabul. A few years ago, most operations would have been to repair war wounds or…

Egypt opposition refuses dialogue with Morsi

Egypt’s opposition coalition rejected on Friday a dialogue proposed by President Mohamed Morsi to defuse bloody protests over sweeping powers he assumed to speed through a new constitution. The National Salvation Front said it had decided “to refuse to take part in a dialogue proposed by the president for tomorrow,…

U.S. diplomat hopes song can win over Pakistan

A US official is taking a novel approach to diplomacy in Pakistan — singing in a local language to build bridges in one of the world’s most dangerous countries, where anti-Americanism runs rampant. Shayla Cram, a public diplomacy officer assigned to Peshawar, the gateway to Al-Qaeda and Taliban strongholds in…

UN urges Palestinians to stay out of Syria conflict

The half a million Palestinian refugees living in Syria should keep out of the country’s conflict and their neutrality be respected, UN Relief and Works Agency chief Filippo Grandi told AFP. “The Palestinians should remain neutral and everybody should respect that. Nobody should put them into the crisis,” Grandi said…

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