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Royals sue as topless Kate pics spread to Italy

The royal family embarked on a legal battle Monday to try to stop the spread of topless photos of Prince William’s wife Catherine, as an Italian magazine splashed the pictures across a special 38-page edition. “The queen is nude!” read the front-page headline of Chi magazine which reproduced the photos…

Earthworms ‘marry’ in Taiwan ceremony

Seventy “lucky earthworms” have been married off in an elaborate wedding ritual in south Taiwan in a bid to raise awareness about the environment and the problem of soil erosion, organisers said Monday. The worms arrived Sunday at Takang Park in Tainan city inside a traditional wedding sedan draped in…

Cambodians fight malaria with the push of a button

Cambodian villagers armed with a little medical know-how — and their mobile telephones — are the nation’s new foot soldiers in the fight against drug-resistant malaria. In the small village of Phnom Dambang near the Thai border, locals know that early detection and treatment is crucial to containing the virulent…

Japan firms close Chinese plants after protests

Japanese firms including Panasonic suspended operations at plants in China, companies and reports said Monday, after mass anti-Tokyo protests at the weekend over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Speaking in Tokyo, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called for diplomatic efforts to resolve the worsening spat, a day after…

Violent anti-American protest erupts in Kabul

Hundreds of Afghans staged a violent protest in Kabul on Monday against an American film mocking the Prophet Mohammed, throwing stones at a US base, torching cars and shouting “Death to America”, police said. The demonstration erupted on Jalalabad Road, home to NATO and US military bases in the eastern…

One killed in attack on U.S. consulate in Pakistan

One person was killed and dozens more injured after protesters stormed a U.S. outpost in Karachi, Pakistan on Sunday. The New York Times reported that this sudden spurt of violence follows days of peaceful protests in Pakistan over an anti-Islam YouTube video that has sparked protests around the world —…

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood calls for ‘climate revolution’

British designer Vivienne Westwood called for a “climate revolution” as she presented a relatively tame but nonetheless punk-edged spring-summer collection on day three of London Fashion Week. In the grandiose setting of Britain’s Foreign Office the flamboyant redhead took to the catwalk on Sunday as a climate change campaigner, sporting…

Bootleg alcohol kills 20 in Czech Republic

A 63-year-old man died Sunday in the Czech Republic after drinking bootleg spirits tainted with methanol, bringing the death toll from an outbreak of alcohol poisoning to 20, hospital staff said. The man was found unconscious Friday at a railway station in the eastern town of Prerov and was hospitalised…

International creditors doubt Greece can meet goals

Greece’s international creditors no longer believe Athens can achieve its financial objectives, especially a reduction in its debt burden, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt reported. “Until now, creditors worked on the principle that Greece would achieve a sustainable level of indebtedness by 2020. This goal is no longer achievable,” the…

Hezbollah calls for Lebanon protests over anti-Islam film

Hassan Nasrallah, head of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah organisation, on Sunday called for protests across the country over a US-produced film mocking Islam that caused uproar across the Islamic world. “The whole world needs to see your anger on your faces, in your fists and your shouts,” Nasrallah said in a…

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