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Italy’s Berlusconi announces fresh run for PM

Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday ended weeks of speculation by announcing he would run again for the job of prime minister, which he was forced out of last year. “I am running to win,” the leader of the right-wing populist People of Freedom (PDL) party told journalists in Milanello, near the…

Fresh riots in Belfast despite Clinton’s plea

Rioting broke out in Belfast late Friday in the latest flare of violence in Northern Ireland, just hours after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the troubled British province urging peace. Tensions have risen in Northern Ireland since Belfast’s council voted on Monday not to fly the British flag…

Britain sees evidence Assad could use chemical weapons against Syrian rebels

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Saturday said that there is evidence that the Syrian government could use its chemical weapons stocks in its conflict with rebels fighting to oust it. “We are extremely concerned about the stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and we are also concerned about…

Royal hoax DJs taken off air amid anger over nurse’s suicide

Two Australian radio presenters who made a hoax call to the hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine were taken off the air Saturday after the nurse who took the call was found dead in a suspected suicide. Jacintha Saldanha answered the phone when presenters from Sydney’s 2Day FM called…

Protestors in China clash with police

Police in a south China city bordering Vietnam clashed with thousands of rioters who were protesting against excessive brutality meted out to a suspected smuggler, the government and a rights group said. The incident occurred Friday in Dongxing city in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, with rioters destroying numerous police and…

Family of late Swedish minister sues over ‘slanderous’ film

The family of late Swedish prime minister Olof Palme has filed a complaint for slander with judicial authorities over a film that shows a character similar to the leader assassinated in 1986 going to a brothel, Swedish media reported Friday. “I think spreading rumours without any substance is unacceptable, accusing…

Toxic cloud forms over Buenos Aires

A toxic cloud that formed Thursday triggered a public scare that forced the evacuation of offices in Buenos Aires and the suspension of metro and train services in a tourist area. Security Secretary Sergio Berni said the situation had since been brought under control. The incident took place after a…

Budapest airport shut over electrical problems

Budapest’s international airport remained closed late Friday after an electrical fault in its control tower, but was scheduled to re-open early on Saturday, airport authorities said. “Budapest Airport will remain closed, and will not launch or receive flights, until midnight tonight,” the airport said in a statement on its website.…

Nurse who transferred Kate Middleton prank call found dead in possible suicide

A nurse who was tricked by a pair of Australian radio DJs into putting a call through to staff attending to Kate Middleton was found dead on Friday, The Daily Mail reported. The body of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at King Edward VII Hospital, was found Friday morning near her workplace.…

Swedish police launch investigation into artist claiming to use Holocaust ashes in work

Swedish police on Friday said they had launched an investigation into an artist who says he used paint mixed from the ashes of Holocaust victims in a watercolour. Carl Michael von Hausswolff claims he used ashes he took from a crematorium at the Majdanek concentration camp in 1989, mixing them…

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