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After Ramadan fast, Indonesians ‘eat with a vengeance’

As Indonesia shifts from a month of fasting during Ramadan to a week-long eating binge for the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday, doctors are braced for an annual spike in complaints of rapid weight gain. Millions in the world’s most populous Muslim nation typically mark the end of the Ramadan fasting…

British threats in WikiLeaks case ‘mind-bogglingly stupid’ – expert

Britain is considering using an obscure law to extract Julian Assange from Ecuador’s embassy in London, but experts say the possibility is slim — and one says London’s actions are “stupid”. Before it granted asylum to the WikiLeaks founder on Thursday, Ecuador made an angry rebuttal of what it saw…

Expert: London’s threat to storm Ecuador’s embassy for Assange ‘stupid’

Britain is considering using an obscure law to extract Julian Assange from Ecuador’s embassy in London, but law experts say the possibility is slim — and one says London’s actions are “stupid”. Before it granted asylum to the WikiLeaks founder on Thursday, Ecuador made an angry rebuttal of what it…

Britain: Pussy Riot sentencing is a ‘disproportionate response’

Britain added its voice to the international chorus of criticism of Russia on Friday after a court jailed three members of punk band Pussy Riot for criticising President Vladimir Putin. Alistair Burt, a junior foreign minister, said he was deeply concerned by Russia’s “disproportionate response” to what he said had…

French pandas stay cool with ice cream in record summer heat

Two Chinese pandas in a French zoo are chilling out in the current summer heatwave with the help of honey and apple ice creams. With temperatures set to touch 40 degrees Celsius (104F) in central France this weekend, Yuan Zi and Huan Huan have been enjoying the home-made treats as…

Moscow outlaws LGBT pride parades for next 100 years

Moscow’s most powerful court has ruled to uphold a ban on LGBT pride parades in the Russian capital for 100 years, according to the BBC. The ruling places a major Russian city athwart the directives of the European Court of Human Rights for a second time with regards to LGBT…

Binyamin Netanyahu’s aides launch stinging rebuke to Israeli president Shimon Peres

Prime minister’s office says Shimon Peres should not speak out on Iran as he is too prone to mistakes Aides to Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu launched a stinging rebuke to the country’s president, Shimon Peres, after he said that Israel should not act alone in launching military action against…

Skydiver survives 13,000 ft. jump after parachute fails

A New Zealand skydiver was lucky to be alive after a jump from 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) went wrong, thanks to swampy ground cushioning the impact of his landing, reports said Friday. Liam Dunne’s feet left 10 centimetre (four inch) indentations in the ground when he landed heavily on a…

With Assange inside, police guard Ecuador embassy

Julian Assange remained holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy on Friday with police guarding its exits, as Britain’s government warned that the diplomatic row over the WikiLeaks founder could go on for years. Ecuador granted asylum on Thursday to Assange — whose website enraged the United States by publishing a…

106 year-old Japanese man travels round the world on public transport

A 106-year-old Japanese man has become the oldest person to have travelled around the world using public transport, a report said Friday. Saburo Shochi has been recognised by Guinness World Records for his feat, which saw him travel through North America, Europe and Africa, the Mainichi daily said. With dozens…

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