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British police arrest hacker for cyber attack

British police on Tuesday arrested a man over an alleged cyber-attack on the websites of Home Secretary Theresa May and her interior ministry. The 41-year-old was arrested at his home in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, on suspicion of encouraging a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, Scotland Yard said. He is…

Spain upholds same sex marriage after challenge

Spain’s constitutional court upheld Tuesday a 2005 law allowing homosexual marriage and adoption after an appeal, a court official said. Spain’s ruling conservative Popular Party had appealed the law, passed seven years ago by a Socialist government. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his party objected to use of the word…

Wage gap remains in Sweden despite equality efforts

The wage gap between men and women persists in Sweden despite efforts to eradicate it in a country that prides itself on promoting gender equality, according to a report released on Tuesday. “The total income in all age groups is lower for women than for men,” Statistics Sweden (SCB) said…

Anthrax outbreak kills 30 hippos in South Africa

An outbreak of anthrax has killed at least 30 hippopotamus in South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park wildlife reserve, the country’s parks authority said on Tuesday. Officials believe the deaths are linked to a flare-up of the highly infectious disease in the giant park which has killed 45 roan antelope…

‘Sorcerer’ who believed his tattoos made him invincible arrested in Thailand

A “sorcerer” tattooist has been arrested in northeastern Thailand after several brawls involving his disciples who believed his body art made them invincible, police said Tuesday. Boonyong Luangjumpol was held for possession of guns after officers raided his home following a spate of fights in the province of Kalasin, local…

Montreal mayor resigns amid corruption allegations

Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay resigned Monday after witnesses linked him to illegal party financing skimmed from city construction contracts as part of an alleged mafia scheme. Tremblay, 70, led Canada’s second-largest city since 2001 and would not have faced reelection until the end of his latest mandate in 2013. “After…

Murdered Briton Neil Heywood was MI6 informant: WSJ

A British businessman murdered by the wife of top Chinese politician Bo Xilai had informed on the couple for over a year to his country’s spy agency, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Neil Heywood shared details derived from his unusually close access to the powerful couple, the paper said,…

Taliban dimisses UN global sanctions against Haqqani network

The UN Security Council ordered global sanctions against the Haqqani militant network in Afghanistan, a move welcomed by Kabul but dismissed as meaningless by the Taliban. The Haqqani group, whose leaders are based in Pakistan, is accused of carrying out a string of major attacks in Afghanistan including strikes against…

Vladimir Putin fires Russian defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov in corruption scandal

Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday fired defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov over a corruption scandal, the most dramatic change to the government since he returned to the Kremlin for a third term. Putin replaced Serdyukov, who had been implementing an unpopular but Kremlin-backed military reform, with Moscow region governor and long-standing…

Israel to build 1,213 new settlement homes in Jerusalem and the West Bank

Israel on Tuesday published tenders for 1,213 new homes in settlement neighbourhoods of east Jerusalem, and re-offered tenders for another 72 homes in a West Bank settlement, an Israeli NGO said. Peace Now, citing tenders published by the Israeli housing ministry, said tenders for 607 units in Pisgat Zeev and…

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