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Iran warns U.S. it will act firmly if airspace violated

TEHRAN — Iran warned on Sunday it will react strongly against any US intrusion into its airspace after two of its warplanes fired at an American drone 10 days ago, the ISNA news agency reported. “Yes, we opened fire, and it was with warning shots. If they do it again…

India minister blames motorbike deaths on men trying to impress women

NEW DELHI — A Indian state leader has said a deadly trio of riding flashy motorbikes, speaking on the telephone while driving and trying to impress women has caused a jump in fatal road accidents among young people. “If there is a good motorcycle, a good mobile and a good…

‘Virgin Mary’ in hospital window draws hundreds of Catholics

KUALA LUMPUR — Hundreds of Catholics have gathered in prayer and worship outside a Malaysian hospital after seeing an image said to resemble the Virgin Mary on one of the windows. Pictures of the image have gone viral among local Christians on Facebook and large crowds have gathered at the…

Israel ‘prepared to escalate’ over Gaza violence

JERUSALEM — Israel is “prepared to escalate” its response to Palestinian rocket fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday, after one of the worst flare-ups along its border with Gaza in recent years. “The army is acting and will act forcefully against the terror organisations in the Gaza Strip.…

Ecuador’s President Correa to run for third term

Ecuador President Rafael Correa officially announced Saturday that he would run for a third term in February elections — a contest in which he is expected to be the runaway favorite. “We are in the process of making history, and we will once again carry the citizens’ revolution to victory,”…

Director General of BBC resigns over erroneous news report

Society,Technology,UK News,Media: BBC in crisis as George Entwistle quits over Newsnight fiasco (1081) GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE A399181363 Lisa O’Carroll, The Observer www.guardiannews.com The BBC has been plunged into the deepest crisis in its history with the dramatic resignation of its director general, George Entwistle, after just 54 days in the…

Obama to get reelection gift of truffle weighing more than a kilo

A small Italian village renowned for its white truffles announced Saturday it would give US President Barack Obama a record specimen weighing in at more than a kilo as a reelection present. “A 1.012-kg truffle from Acqualagna will be gifted to the President of the United States Barack Obama to…

Two Afghan soldiers attack US-led NATO forces

Two Afghan soldiers attacked US-led NATO forces (ISAF) in western Afghanistan on Saturday — injuring a Spanish soldier — in the latest “insider” attack in the country, officials said. An ISAF spokesman in Kabul said that the attack by two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, one of whom died, occurred…

Denmark to scrap world’s first fat tax

Denmark said Saturday it would scrap a fat tax it introduced a little over a year ago in a world first, saying the measure was costly and failed to change Danes’ eating habits. “The fat tax and the extension of the chocolate tax — the so-called sugar tax — has…

Gazans killed, Israeli soldiers wounded in clashes

Two Palestinians were killed on Saturday and more than 20 others wounded in Israeli shelling, Palestinian sources said, as clashes erupted along the border in which three soldiers were also hurt. “Two Palestinians were killed and 22 others wounded, six of them seriously,” said spokesman Yahya Khader of the Hamas…

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