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Paris museum highlights the history of hair

What do Louis XIV, the Kanaks of New Caledonia and the punk generation have in common? For starters, all paid a great deal of care to their hair, subject of a major new show at Paris’ museum of tribal arts. Forget the cliche of the wild-haired caveman: “Humans have cut,…

Italian architect designs world’s biggest vertical garden

A shopping centre near Milan is claiming an unusual record — the biggest vertical garden in the world, covering a surface of 1,263 square metres (13,600 square feet) with a total of 44,000 plants. The huge garden, which was inaugurated in 2010 but was only certified as a record this…

U.S. suspends joint military operations with Afghanistan after insider attacks

The US military has suspended joint operations with Afghan forces because of a collapse in trust after a surge in the number of Americans and other Nato soldiers killed by the men they are fighting alongside or training. The chief US military officer, General Martin Dempsey, described the sharp rise in “insider attacks” by…

Afghan suicide bomber kills foreigners in minibus attack

A suicide bomber blew himself up alongside a minivan carrying foreigners on a busy highway leading to the airport in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, police said, killing six people. “There has been a suicide bombing next to a minivan, carrying foreigners. There are a lot of casualties. I cannot…

IKEA surges forward with store openings despite global economic turmoil

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has robust finances despite the economic crisis and will more than double the pace of its new store openings, company officials told a Swedish newspaper on Tuesday. “Thanks to our very strong finances, we have the possibility to invest the significant sums that are needed, even…

Pop singer Annie Lennox gets married for the third time

Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has married for the third time, her spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The former Eurythmics star, 57, wed American gynaecologist Mitch Besser on Saturday in London. The ceremony was reportedly on board a boat on the River Thames in a ceremony attended by Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth…

Al-Qaeda calls for U.S. envoy killings: IntelCenter

Al-Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa on Tuesday urged Muslims to storm US embassies and kill American envoys in Muslim countries in protest over a film insulting Islam, a monitoring group said. “We call on Islam’s youths to take after the lions of Benghazi (in Libya) by pulling down America’s flags…

132 inmates break out of Mexican prison

At least 132 inmates escaped from a Mexican prison near the US border, fleeing through a tunnel they dug in the old carpentry workshop, the state prosecutor’s office said. Federal, state and local police, as well as the Mexican army, were deployed to roads and highways near the correctional facility…

UN deplores ‘gross’ rights abuses in Syrian clashes

UN officials have denounced gross human rights violations by both sides in Syria, as fighting rages in the second city Aleppo with the army claiming to have secured much of a strategic district. “Midan is under the control of the army,” a military official told AFP Monday, a claim backed…

Prince Harry ‘moved to safety in Afghan attack’

Prince Harry was moved under guard to a secure location during a Taliban attack on Camp Bastion, the base where he is deployed in Afghanistan, Britain’s defence minister has said. Two US Marines were killed and unprecedented material damage caused when attackers armed with guns, rockets and suicide vests stormed…

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