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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy caught in Twitter flap over comment about not ‘needing feminism’

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was caught in the eye of a Twitter storm on Wednesday after telling French Vogue that her generation had no need for feminism. “In my generation we don’t need to be feminist,” said the former first lady, who is making a public comeback after her husband Nicolas Sarkozy’s…

French court rejects appeal of ruling that Parkinson’s drug turned man into ‘gay sex and gambling addict’

A French appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling ordering pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to pay 197,000 euros to a man who claimed that its drug to treat Parkinson’s turned him into a gay sex and gambling addict. The court in the northern city of Rennes said father-of-two Didier Jambart had suffered…

Survey: French wine consumption down to a glass a day

French wine consumption has fallen to a new low with the average adult now consuming the equivalent of barely a glass a day, the latest edition of a major consumption survey has found. A study that will have viticulteurs weeping into their vats also revealed that fizzy drinks and fruit…

British government to implement minimum alcohol pricing to curb ‘drunken mayhem’

The British government is on Wednesday to announce minimum alcohol pricing in a bid to curb “drunken mayhem” on the streets of England and Wales. The coalition is set to unveil a consultation on setting a minimum price of 45 pence per unit of alcohol sold, 5 pence higher than…

French court to rule on Strauss-Kahn sex party probe

A French court will Wednesday rule on whether to drop pimping charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the latest sex crime case against him in France. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers have asked the appeals court in the northern town of Douai to stop a judicial inquiry into claims that he…

Puerto Ricans say goodbye to boxer Camacho

Hundreds of Puerto Ricans filed into a sports arena to pay their last respects to Hector “Macho” Camacho, with fellow ex-boxers calling him a source of great pride for their island territory. Camacho, who was 50, died Saturday after doctors disconnected him from a respirator which had been keeping him…

South Korea readies new bid to reach space

South Korea held a final dress rehearsal Wednesday for its third attempt to send a satellite into orbit and join an elite space club that includes Asian powers China, Japan and India. After two previous failures in 2009 and 2010, the 140-tonne Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV-I) is scheduled to…

Bangladesh arrests three factory managers over blaze

Bangladesh police have arrested three managers of a factory where a blaze killed 110 people, following claims they stopped workers from leaving the plant saying an alarm was just a routine fire drill. Dhaka police chief Habibur Rahman told AFP Wednesday the managers were arrested overnight after charges that they…

China paper backpedals after falling for Kim spoof

The Chinese Communist Party’s official mouthpiece on Wednesday deleted a story that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had been named 2012′s “Sexiest Man Alive”, after it fell for a spoof by US website The Onion. The People’s Daily had run the US satirical site’s gushing quotes about the “Pyongyang-bred heartthrob”…

U.S. clashes with France over Palestinians status at UN

WASHINGTON — The United States publicly disagreed with France, one of its closest allies, on Tuesday, after Paris said it would back a Palestinian bid for enhanced status at the United Nations. “We obviously disagree with our oldest ally on this issue. They know that we disagree with them,” State…

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