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Vienna to use public defibrillators to fight heart attacks

Vienna will introduce 60 public defibrillators around the city over the coming months, in a bid to save lives by promoting quicker first aid in the event of a heart attack, authorities said Thursday. Over 10,000 people die every year in Austria following cardiac arrest. “There’s only one mistake you…

Oldest reproductive orangutan dies in France

A Sumatran orangutan believed to be the oldest reproductive specimen in captivity has died at a zoo in western France, a few weeks after celebrating his 50th birthday. Major, a 125-kilogramme (275-pound) father of 16 who celebrated his birthday in July, died overnight Tuesday at the zoo in La Boissiere-du-Dore…

Netanyahu draws actual red line on cartoon bomb during UN speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu feels so strongly about imposing a “red line” on Iran’s nuclear program that he demonstrated by using a magic marker to draw an actual red line on a bomb diagram during his speech to the United Nations on Thursday. “There’s only one way to peacefully…

Britain and Ecuador fail to reach decision on Assange extradition

Britain and Ecuador failed to reach agreement on the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Thursday at a meeting of their foreign ministers here, officials said. “We see no immediate solution,” Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters after meeting with British Foreign Secretary William Hague on the sidelines of…

German woman admits to killing 5 infants over several years

A 28-year-old woman in Germany has admitted killing five of her own newborn infants over several years, police said Thursday, charging her with five counts of manslaughter. Authorities in the northern city of Flensburg said the woman, who was not named, had confessed to the killing of two babies whose…

British prime minister makes awkward appearance on Letterman

British Prime Minister David Cameron was mocked by the press on Thursday after US chat show host David Letterman left him stumped on questions about British history and culture. In an awkward appearance on Letterman’s “Late Show” on Wednesday, filmed in New York, Cameron failed to guess the composer of…

Julian Assange: Obama is exploiting Arab Spring for political gain

Wikileaks founder, speaking via videolink to the UN, says it is ‘audacious’ for US to take credit for Middle East progress The Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has accused president Obama of seeking to exploit the Arab Spring revolutions for political gain, claiming Obama’s vocal support for freedom of expression had…

More than 1,000 Nigerian women stranded for fifth straight day at Saudi airport because they were not accompanied by men

More than 1,000 Nigerian women pilgrims remained stranded at a Saudi airport for a fifth straight day Thursday after being denied entry into the kingdom because they were not accompanied by men, an airport official confirmed. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the women have been denied entry…

Hillary Clinton drops strong hint that Al Qaeda was behind Libya attack

Hillary Clinton drops strong hint that Al Qaeda was behind Libya attack Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday suggested a link between Al Qaeda and the Sept. 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, going further than other Obama administration officials have previously in asserting that…

Teen bitten by world’s most venomous snake

An Australian teenager was critically ill in hospital on Thursday after being bitten by the world’s most venomous snake, with detectives probing how he came into contact with the desert reptile. The 17-year-old walked into a hospital in the small town of Kurri Kurri, north of Sydney, on Wednesday afternoon…

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