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Brazilian maid makes leftovers into ‘natural viagra’

Brazilian maid Regina Tchelly is about to take the world’s biggest food fair by storm: the food waste champion will rustle up her trademark dish, risotto with watermelon rind — a natural viagra. “I’ll tell you a secret,” the 31-year-old said with a mischievous grin. “This dish is not only…

Doctors remove 28-kilo tumor from German woman previously diagnosed ‘obese’

BERLIN: Doctors in Germany said on Friday they had removed a tumour weighing 28 kilogrammes from a 60-year-old woman who had previously been diagnosed as obese. A spokesman from the university clinic in the eastern city of Dresden said the woman, Irmtraud Eichler, had made a full recovery after the…

Italy’s Berlusconi sentenced to four years for tax fraud

ITALY’S former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud connected to his Mediaset television channels. He was also banned from holding public office for three years, a Milan court said last night. Berlusconi was accused of having artificially inflated the price of…

George Clooney doesn’t show for Berlusconi sex trial in Italy

Hollywood star George Clooney failed to appear Friday to give evidence in the trial of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on sex charges, leading the prosecutor to accuse the defence of seeking to slow down the proceedings. Clooney and his former fiancee Elisabetta Canalis have been named as defence…

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…

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