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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…

Union says 36 dead in clash at South Africa mine, in deadliest day of protest since Apartheid

Dozens of people were killed after South African police opened fire on hundreds of workers on a wildcat strike at a platinum mine, in the deadliest day of protest since apartheid. Police gave a toll of 30 and rising, while the powerful National Union of Mineworkers said 36 had died…

North Korea could produce dozens more nukes: study

WASHINGTON — North Korea could build an arsenal of up to 48 nuclear weapons, several times more than it has now, if the communist state were able to step up its program unchecked, a US think tank said Thursday. North Korea’s nuclear program is shrouded in secrecy, but the Institute…

U.S. holds ‘serious’ talks with Russia on Syria

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it held “serious” talks with Russia about Syria and renewed its call for a political transition after months of disagreement over the bloodshed. Wendy Sherman, the under secretary of state for political affairs, “had very serious discussions” in Moscow with senior officials, the…

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