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Goebbels love letters and fiction go to auction

NEW YORK — Poems, love letters and works of fiction written by Joseph Goebbels before he became Adolf Hitler’s propaganda chief went on sale this week near New York. Alexander Historical Auctions described the archive of Goebbels’ pre-war literary efforts as “the most important cache of World War II autographs…

Libyan president vows his country will not be a burden

NEW YORK — New Libyan President Mohamed al-Megaryef on Monday vowed his country would not be a burden to the international community as he held his first face-to-face talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After voicing his condolences again for a militant attack on the US mission in…

Iran unveils drone amid Israel tensions

TEHRAN — Iran has tested anti-air and anti-ship missiles and unveiled a new drone, its powerful Revolutionary Guards said on Monday, in a show of military readiness for a war with Israel their chief says is inevitable. Medium-range surface-to-air missiles designed to knock attacking aircraft out of the sky at…

Danish sperm donor passes genetic disorder to five children

COPENHAGEN — A Danish sperm donor has passed a potentially severe genetic disorder to five children after a screening test failed to catch that he had the disease, health officials said Monday. The donor transmitted the tumor-producing nerve disorder Neurofibromatosis type I, sometimes known as Von Recklinghausen’s disease, to five…

Tibet exiles seek new tactics to shake off despair

DHARAMSHALA, India — Tibetan exiles will hold their biggest gathering in four years from Tuesday where delegates will try to come up with new policies to end a spate of gruesome self-immolations. About 400 Tibetans from around the world have come together in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala…

New Zealand man gets eel stuck up his butt

An unnamed New Zealand man showed up at an emergency room in Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand within the last week with an eel stuck in his butt. “The eel was about the size of a decent sprig of asparagus and the incident is the talk of the place,” a…

Bordeaux wine producers warn allowing U.S. labels to use ‘chateau’ would be ‘cheating’

Bordeaux wine producers warned Monday that a European Union decision to authorise their US rivals to use the term ‘chateau’ on bottles sold in Europe would amount to “cheating consumers”. As things stand, American wines which use ‘chateau’ on their label cannot be sold in the European Union, where rules…

Secretary Clinton calls for taxing the global elite ‘in an equitable manner’

NEW YORK — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton entered the 2012 US presidential campaign fray for the first time Monday, highlighting a burning issue at the center of debate — taxing the wealthy. “One of the issues that I have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes…

French doctors stand trial for covering up deadly radiation overdoses

Two hospital doctors and a radiologist accused of giving hundreds of cancer patients potentially deadly radiation overdoses and then destroying evidence to cover up the mistake, have gone on trial for manslaughter. At least seven people died out of a group of 24 patients who received doses of radiation up…

‘Catch Me If You Can’-inspired Italian man impersonates airline pilot

An Italian man arrested after flying as a fake airline pilot told police he was inspired by the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can. The unnamed man, who was going by the name Andrea Sirlo, tricked his way into the cockpit of at least one jet by posing as a pilot.…

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