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Grave concern: Widow moves into hubbie’s tomb

BUENOS AIRES — An Argentine widow was spending days in the tomb of her husband who died two years ago, having set up a bed, Internet access and even a small cooker next to his coffin, officials told AFP Thursday. “Police found Adriana Villareal had carried out some work in…

Chavez reveals Venezuela has built first drone

CARACAS — President Hugo Chavez has revealed that Venezuela has made its first drone in partnership with Iran, Russia and China, and said Caracas plans to start exporting it soon. “It is one of the three planes that we have manufactured here, and we are continuing to make them… not…

Japan will restart two nuclear reactors

A controversial decision to restart two nuclear reactors in western Japan moved closer on Thursday when the mayor of a town near the plant gave his approval, reports said. Japan’s entire stable of 50 working reactors is currently offline after a backlash against nuclear power following the quake-tsunami that sparked…

Counterfeit coins call Sweden’s Carl XVI Gustaf a ‘whore king’

Counterfeit Swedish coins bearing a reference to “whore king” Carl XVI Gustaf have been found in circulation, media reports said Thursday. The coins appear to make fun of the monarch over his rumoured infidelities, detailed in an unauthorised biography published in 2010 and which he never denied outright. At least…

Britain’s Supreme Court denies final Assange extradition appeal

Britain’s Supreme Court said on Thursday it has rejected an application by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden. “The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has dismissed the application made by Ms Dinah Rose QC, counsel for Mr Julian Assange, seeking to reopen their…

Urban Greeks rent land from farmers to grow food during economic crisis

In his day job, Dimitris Koutsolioutsos crunches numbers for his uncle’s firm, which deals in jewellery and duty-free. In the early mornings and late evenings, he helps people become farmers. Not literally, but it does seem to be catching on. The idea behind www.gineagrotis.gr (the name means ‘Become a farmer’)…

China confirms forced abortion case after uproar

Chinese authorities confirmed Thursday that a woman was forced to abort seven months into her pregnancy, several days after her plight came to light when images of her baby’s corpse were posted online. Rights groups have blamed authorities in north China’s Shaanxi province for forcing Feng Jianmei to abort her…

Armstrong banned from Nice Ironman: organisers

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will be denied entry to the Nice leg of the Ironman series due to an ongoing doping investigation into the American, the event organisers said Thursday. Armstrong, whose career has been dogged by unfounded allegations of doping, is the subject of fresh allegations…

Amnesty says Syria committing crimes against humanity

Syria is committing crimes against humanity as part of state policy to exact revenge against communities suspected of supporting rebels, Amnesty International said in a report. The London-based rights group called for an international response after claiming it had fresh evidence that victims, including children, had been dragged from their…

Shell scraps biofuels plan over Brazil native land

RIO DE JANEIRO — A Shell subsidiary that makes biodiesel in Brazil has dropped controversial plans to buy sugar cane grown on land taken from indigenous people, according to Survival International. The company, Raizen, was set up in 2010 by Shell and Brazil’s biofuels giant Cosan to make biofuel from…

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