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London exhibition offers maggot-filled cupcakes and other ‘diseased desserts’

Maggot therapy cupcakes, gingerbread cigarettes and a severed leg cake are being served up Friday at a London museum which aims to educate the public about disease. “Eat Your Heart Out 2012″ at St. Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum features anatomically-accurate cakes, cookies and cocktails plus information on the diseases which inspired…

Spanish unemployment tops 25 percent

Spain announced Friday that its unemployment rate broke the 25-percent barrier for the first time as austerity cuts squeezed the recession-struck economy. Tens of thousands of jobs were destroyed in the third quarter, even as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government raised taxes, cut spending and pondered whether to snatch a…

Malala attack response ‘turning point’ for Pakistan, says father

The response of Pakistan to the shooting by the Taliban of the schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was a “turning point” for the country, her father said Friday at the British hospital where is recovering. “When she fell, Pakistan stood… This is a turning point,” Ziauddin Yousafzai said, adding that 15-year-old Malala…

Lagarde chides banks for ‘pushback’ on reforms

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde lashed out Thursday at banks for resisting financial reforms, warning that delay in implementation could stall the global economic recovery. “Some reforms are meeting strong resistance,” Lagarde, the managing director of the Washington-based institution, said in a speech in Toronto. “There are many vested…

South Korea suspends rocket launch

South Korea suspended its third attempt to send a satellite into orbit by at least three days on Friday, after a helium leak was detected in the rocket just hours before scheduled launch time. With only a five-day launch window that ends October 30, any further delay could result in…

Fish near Fukushima still contaminated: study

WASHINGTON — Elevated levels of cesium found in fish off Japan’s east coast 18 months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster suggest a “continuing source” of radiation in the ocean, a new study has revealed. Marine chemist Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reviewed official Japanese data on radiation…

Hurricane Sandy kills 21 in Caribbean, takes aim at U.S.

MIAMI — Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas after claiming 21 lives in the Caribbean, including 11 people killed in eastern Cuba. The hurricane — now a category two storm — has wreaked havoc in Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas and Haiti, downing power lines, damaging hundreds of homes and ruining crops.…

Intelsat blocks Iranian channels in Europe

WASHINGTON — International satellite services provider Intelsat has blocked Iran’s official broadcast channels in Europe, a company spokesman said Thursday. But it would not confirm or deny an Iranian report that it did so at the order of the US government. “Intelsat confirms that we took IRIB (Islamic Republic of…

U.S. ‘coordinates weapon deliveries’ to Syria rebels: Russia

MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday accused Washington of “coordinating” deliveries of arms to Syrian rebels, despite assurances by the State Department that the United States provides no lethal assistance. “Washington is aware of the deliveries of various weapons to illegal armed groups active in Syria. Moreover, judging by the declarations…

Second Cameroon lawyer gets death threats for defending gays

YAOUNDE — A Cameroon lawyer, known for defending gays and lesbians in a country where homosexuality is outlawed, said Thursday he feared for the life of his family after receiving death threats, only days after similar threats were made to a colleague. “I fear for my family and my children,”…

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