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British skinny dippers fail to outstrip world record

Hundreds of naked British swimmers plunged into the cold North Sea on Saturday but failed to set a world record for the biggest ever skinny dip, organisers said. Around 200 people ran into the sea at sunrise at Druridge Bay in Northumberland, northeast England, where water temperatures were around 12…

Egypt court upholds dissolution of parliament

Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court on Saturday rejected an appeal by Islamists demanding the reinstatement of parliament, saying it was no longer legal, according to a judicial source. “The parliament no longer exists legally since the June 14 ruling by the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC)” deeming it unconstitutional and ordering its…

Gangs to fight for drug routes after Colombian capo falls

Crime gangs are likely to engage in a messy battle over lucrative drug smuggling routes through Venezuela following the arrest of Colombia’s last major drug lord, experts said here. For years Daniel ‘El Loco’ Barrera was the most wanted criminal in South America, accused of shipping some 900 tons of…

Pakistan minister offers bounty for anti-Islam film-maker

A Pakistani government minister Saturday offered a $100,000 bounty for the death of the maker of the anti-Islam film produced in the US that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world. “I announce today that this blasphemer who has abused the holy prophet, if somebody will kill him, I will…

Zimbabwe city orders ‘big flush’ amid water rationing

Zimbabwe’s second city Bulawayo has ordered its residents to flush toilets at the same time once a week to prevent blockages during frequent periods of water rationing, the mayor said Saturday. “We are going to have a big flush every Monday to push all the waste that would have accumulated…

Angry bikers protest EU-imposed tests on two-wheelers

More than 4,500 angry bikers roared around European Union headquarters Saturday to protest plans by Brussels to introduce regular road-worthiness tests on motorbikes and scooters, Belgian police said. EU transport commissioner Slim Kallas wants to toughen technical tests on four-wheel vehicles and introduce regular compulsory testing for so-called powered two-wheelers…

Topless warriors start boot camp for global feminism

Activists set up an international training center in Paris to teach women the art of naked protest In a chaotic and crumbling former public washhouse in a rundown district of northern Paris, Inna Shevchenko was explaining how a large leather punchbag hanging from the rafters might be used by the…

Police chopper, riot squad meet lone anti-Islam cartoon protestor

A police helicopter and 60 riot police deployed Saturday in central Marseille to prevent any protests about anti-Islam cartoons, but only a single demonstrator turned out. Around 30 journalists were also on hand to witness the man’s attempt to defy an official ban on protests about a French magazine that…

‘Chuck Norris’ bridge linking Austria, Slovakia opens

A new bridge that locals wanted but failed to have named after US action movie hero Chuck Norris opened on Saturday linking Austria and Slovakia for cyclists and pedestrians. The name of the famous martial artist and actor came a clear first in a survey of Slovakians organised on social…

Google to block all links in Jordan to anti-Islam film

Google has agreed to block all links connecting Internet users in Jordan to an anti-Islam film made in the United States that has stirred outrage across the Muslim world, a Jordanian minister said on Saturday. “We asked Google to block all links to this film in the kingdom and we…

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