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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…

Former Credit Suisse trader arrested in London, faces extradition to U.S.

A former Credit Suisse trader accused of inflating subprime mortgage-related bond prices faces extradition to the United States after being arrested in Britain, police said on Thursday. Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Extradition Unit arrested Kareem Serageldin, 39, on Wednesday in connection with the alleged $540 million (419 million…

Mexico arrests senior leader of Zetas cartel

Mexico says it has arrested a senior leader in the Zetas drug cartel, potentially dealing a major blow to one of the country’s most powerful and violent drug gangs. “A person who is presumed to be and who says he is Ivan Velazquez Caballero, aka “Z-50″… one of the main…

Boy fights for life after lightning strike

An 11-year-old boy was fighting for his life after being struck by lightning in storms that have deluged Britain. The schoolboy, from Swindon in the southwest, went into cardiac arrest on Wednesday afternoon after being hit by lightning at Dorcan Academy, and received treatment from first-aiders until paramedics arrived. “The…

Over 300 die in bloodiest day of Syria revolt: NGO

More than 305 people were killed across Syria on Wednesday, making it the bloodiest single day of the 18-month revolt, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “This is the highest toll in a single day since March 2011. And this is only counting those whose names have been documented.…

High in the Himalayas, brothers share one wife

When Tashi Sangmo was 17 she married a 14-year-old neighbour in a remote Himalayan village in Nepal and, as part of the package, she also agreed to wed his younger brother. In ancient times, the sons of almost every family in the region of Upper Dolpa would jointly marry one…

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