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Uruguay president announces plans legally sell nationalized marijuana

By Christine Legrand José Mujica’s government says more damage is done by illegal dealings The president of Uruguay, José Mujica, has announced plans to legalise the production and sale of marijuana under a state monopoly, triggering a lively controversy in Montevideo. The relevant bill will soon be tabled in parliament, where the governing centre-left…

Japanese indifference to ‘Gangnam Style’ riles S.Korea

While South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has taken the world by storm, it has largely fallen flat in Japan — an anomaly viewed with grave suspicion by some in the singer’s home country. Korean K-pop music is huge in Japan, but for one reason or another Japanese music fans…

Homeless tour guides reveal darker side of London

Like many other Londoners who make a living showing tourists around the city, Viv is telling a group of visitors how Waterloo Bridge was largely rebuilt by women after World War II. But Viv, 56, is no ordinary tour guide. She is homeless — and the stairs under the bridge,…

Britain and Germany clash on road ahead for EU

The foreign ministers of Britain and Germany clashed on their vision for Europe on Tuesday, with William Hague saying Berlin’s integration drive was alienating many in the bloc. Hague told a foreign policy forum in Berlin that the push for ever-greater coordination in areas like the banking sector and national…

At 101, Swede ‘too healthy for retirement home’

At almost 101 years of age, Anna Lundvall has been refused a spot in a Swedish retirement home because municipal officials say she is too healthy, her outraged daughter said on Monday. “You wouldn’t believe that she’s almost 101, she’s got a very clear head. But she doesn’t feel safe,”…

Argentina calls for international help over seized ship

Argentina’s foreign minister on Monday called on the United Nations to help free a navy sailing ship seized in Ghana over an unpaid debt. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman sought help from the UN Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the case of the ARA Libertad, a vessel used…

Mexico digs up relative to identify slain drug lord

Mexican authorities exhumed a relative of drug kingpin Heriberto Lazcano and took DNA samples from the corpse to remove any doubt they had killed the Zetas leader. Lazcano, one of Mexico’s most wanted men, is believed to have been killed at a baseball field in the northern state of Coahuila…

Syria violence rages despite UN truce hopes

Deadly clashes in Syria showed no signs of easing on Tuesday, even as the United Nations said it has plans to assemble a peacekeeping force in case a truce proposed by its special envoy takes hold. Warplanes raided a district of the northern city of Aleppo as fighting across the…

UK to double number of drones in Afghanistan

The UK is to double the number of armed RAF “drones” flying combat and surveillance operations in Afghanistan and, for the first time, the aircraft will be controlled from terminals and screens in Britain. In the new squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), five Reaper drones will be sent to…

Blind man to sue police over Taser incident

LONDON — A blind man is suing British police after he was tasered by an officer who mistook his white stick for a samurai sword, his lawyer said Monday. The incident happened in the market town of Chorley in Lancashire, northwest England, on Friday after police received reports of a…

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