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Russian TV remakes British hit with Soviet twist

After a car crash, a tough Moscow cop is mysteriously transported back to 1979, with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev on the television, red-kerchiefed Young Pioneers still active and a far lower tolerance of police violence. Russia’s most popular television channel has remade the BBC’s cult time-travel drama “Life on Mars”,…

Car blast rocks Benghazi while clashes rage in Libyan capital

Libya’s two largest cities were rocked by violence on Sunday with clashes between militias wounding five in the capital and a car blast hurting three policemen in Benghazi. Rival armed groups battled it out for more than 12 hours in a central residential area of Tripoli. The clashes centred around…

Palestinian cars vandalized in apparent hate attack

JERUSALEM — Palestinian cars were vandalised overnight in the Shuafat neighbourhood of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a hate crime by rightwing Israeli extremists. Six vehicles had their tyres slashed and were daubed with slogans in Hebrew reading “Price tag,” “Death to the enemy”…

French Catholic church makes fresh swipe at same sex marriage

LOURDES, France — The Catholic church in France took a fresh swing Sunday at the Socialist government’s plan to authorise gay marriage and adoption, which is to be presented as a draft law this week. Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, who has led opposition to the project, told mass-goers in the…

Russian ultra-nationalists vow to drive Putin out of Kremlin

MOSCOW — Thousands of Russian ultra-nationalists marched through central Moscow Sunday vowing to drive Vladimir Putin out of the Kremlin and accusing him of ignoring the rights of ethnic Slavs. Armed with anti-Putin slogans, Orthodox banners and black-and-yellow flags of pre-revolutionary Russia, the mostly black-clad participants joined in a “Russian…

Soweto kids take tennis lessons from lengendary Williams sisters

Scores of starry-eyed teens in oversized tennis kits queue neatly, awaiting their turn to play against US champions Serena and Venus Williams in South Africa’s famous Soweto township. Five to a side, two groups at a time, the pint-sized hopefuls in white T-shirts and red caps are determined to catch…

Tug-of-war over King Richard III’s bones

A skeleton dug up in a car park has triggered a tug-of-war between two English cities, with the royals, the government and the Church involved — because the bones are thought to be those of king Richard III. In September, archaeologists acting on historical records unearthed a skeleton which has…

‘Flipping’ used cars a thriving industry in Venezuela

With the world’s largest oil reserves and the cheapest gas anywhere, you’d think Venezuela is a driver’s paradise. Wrong. New cars are scarce and sellers of used ones — even clunkers — make a killing. The counter-intuitive economics stem from rules imposed in 2003 by populist President Hugo Chavez that…

10 people shot dead in 24 hours in Sao Paolo

At least 10 people, including a suspected drug trafficker, were shot dead in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area in the past 24 hours in a worsening wave of violence in which military police have been targeted, officials said Saturday. The latest victims were among some 20 people shot in Sao…

Chinese traders strike in Spain over crackdown

Chinese businesses in a major trading estate in Madrid staged a rare strike Saturday to protest a police crackdown on alleged money-laundering which they said had stigmatized them. Hundreds of warehouses in the Cobo Calleja industrial zone, considered the biggest Chinese wholesale hub in Europe, shut down for the day…

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