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Greek schools ‘fertile ground for neo-Nazis’

Schools in crisis-hit Greece are proving fertile ground for Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi group suspected of orchestrating attacks on migrants whose popularity is on the rise, anti-racism activists warn. Once a secretive group on the fringe of Greek politics, Golden Dawn picked up over 400,000 votes in a June election…

Global food prices fell 1.5 percent in November: UN agency

Global food prices fell 1.5 percent in November to their lowest level since June, with sugar, oils and cereals seeing the sharpest drops, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Thursday. The Rome-based FAO’s Food Price Index averaged 211 points, down from 213 in October. The index had risen…

Dutch granny prostitutes celebrate red-light life

In a busy passage in Amsterdam’s red light district a crowd is gathering as fans jostle to have their picture taken with the city’s most famous great-grannies: Twins Louise and Martine Fokkens, the Dutch capital’s oldest prostitutes. Decked out in matching red leather jackets and boots, red jeans and crocheted…

Freak tornado kills three in New Zealand: reports

A freak storm described by police as a tornado hit New Zealand’s largest city Auckland Thursday causing “utter devastation”, with three people reportedly killed in ferocious winds. The storm, which officials said packed wind gusts of up to 110 kilometres (70 miles) per hour, struck suburban Hobsonville in the afternoon,…

Canada busts Romanian human smuggling ring

Canada’s immigration minister on Wednesday identified a human-smuggling ring that brought 85 Romanian nationals into Canada in waves over the past year, via Mexico and the United States. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney described the operation as “very well organized,” explaining how the illegal migrants flew from Romania to Mexico, where…

European Union and U.S. resist making pledges at climate talks

The European Union and United States said on Wednesday they would not make concrete near-term funding pledges at UN climate talks to help developing countries cope with the fallout from global warming. The EU said tight finances prevented it from taking on new commitments as a bloc, while Washington insisted…

Hospital treating royal Kate’s pregnancy admits to hoax call from Australian radio station

The hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine for severe morning sickness has fallen victim to a hoax call from an Australian radio station, it admitted on Wednesday. Presenters from Sydney’s 2Day FM station, posing as Queen Elizabeth II and William’s father Prince Charles, apparently managed to get through to…

Tehran residents urged to flee ‘dangerous’ pollution

Residents of Tehran were on Wednesday urged to leave the city, if possible, to escape a stagnant stew of choking air pollution that officials warned had reached “dangerous” levels. Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi made the appeal as her services recorded a 15 percent increase in hospital admissions in recent…

Trump wars with whiskey company after it gives an award to one of his critics

Furious Trump bans all whiskies by rival distiller that sponsored Top Scot award given to his obstinate neighbour Property magnate Donald Trump has gone to war with one of the world’s largest whisky companies after it sponsored an award given to an arch critic of his controversial Scottish golf course. In…

Rupert Murdoch’s philanthropist mother dies at 103

By Nigel Starck, The Guardian Philanthropist and mother of Rupert Murdoch, she was regarded as a national treasure in her native Australia Despite the many upheavals, setbacks and disputes in his long career as a media tycoon, there was only one person whom Rupert Murdoch regarded with real trepidation: his mother, Dame Elisabeth.…

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