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Russia bans access to Pussy Riot videos

A Russian court issued an order Thursday to limit access to the videos of performances by the jailed feminist punk band Pussy Riot, ruling the films to be extremist. A Moscow court declared the videos, including the infamous “Punk Prayer” in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, to be “extremist”…

Only path to Palestinian state is direct talks: Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the only path towards a Palestinian state was through direct negotiations, on the eve of a contentious United Nations vote. “I have said many times that the path to a two-state solution that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian people is…

South Korea to attempt space flight for third time

SEOUL — South Korea braced Thursday for its third attempt to send a satellite into orbit and lay down a national marker in the high-cost world of commercial space technology and exploration. After two previous failures in 2009 and 2010, the 140-tonne Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV-I) was scheduled to…

Dutch zoo looks to give away elephants after power struggle splits up herd

A Dutch zoo said Wednesday it was looking to give away four outcast elephants after a power clash of jumbo proportions forced the park to split up the herd. The drama at the Noorder Animal Park in the northeastern town of Emmen unfolded after the herd’s undisputed matriarch died in…

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…

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