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British royals take legal action over Kate topless photos

An angry Prince William and his wife Catherine launched legal action on Friday against a French magazine that printed topless photographs of her. The publication of the pictures of the former Kate Middleton, taken while she and the second in line to the throne were on holiday in the south…

Israeli plan for West Bank university fuels boycott debate in British academia

Israeli plan for West Bank university fuels boycott debate in British academia Relations between Israel and one of its closest European allies dipped this week when Britain joined Washington and the European Union in trying to stave off a unilateral strike by Israel against Iran’s nuclear program. But it isn’t…

Protests target U.S. symbols across Muslim world

Furious protesters targeted symbols of US influence in cities across the Muslim world, attacking embassies, schools and restaurants in retaliation for a film that mocks Islam. At least six protesters died in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Sudan as local police battled to defend American missions from mobs of stone-throwers, and…

Golf tournament suspended as typhoon lashes Taiwan

Play in the second round of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taiwan was abandoned, as strong winds and rain caused by a passing typhoon lashed the island, organisers said. The blustery and damp conditions at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club on Saturday forced officials to reduce the…

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping ‘appears in public’

China’s Vice President Xi Jinping has made a public appearance, state media said, following swirling speculation about the whereabouts of Beijing’s leader-in-waiting. Xi had not been seen in public since September 1 and cancelled meetings with four foreign dignitaries including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, giving rise to intense…

Colombia nabs men with $40,000 in cash in their stomachs

Colombia police said they have arrested two men who had each ingested about $40,000 before trying to enter the country, in what may be a novel form of money laundering. The men were detained separately during the past week at the international airport in Colombia’s second city of Medellin and…

First video evidence of Mali amputations

BAMAKO — The first video evidence of amputations carried out by Islamic extremists occupying northern Mali was on Friday obtained by AFP. The video secured by AFP from a Malian journalist in Bamako was shot by a local cameraman with the agreement of the jihadists, the day after the amputations…

Job training program transforms transgender lives in Bangladesh

A love for lipstick and eyeliner meant a lifetime of discrimination for Saiful Islam, until a transgender training scheme in Bangladesh helped bring him hard-won acceptance and land him his dream job. Many transgender people in south Asia, where they are known as hijras, are thrown out by their families…

Malaysia holds seminars for spotting LGBT children

The government of Malaysia is holding seminars for parents and teachers showing them how to spot supposed signs of homosexuality in children.  According to Reuters, the increasingly religious and conservative country is determined to root out potentially LGBT children and discipline them into heterosexuality. The Teachers’ Foundation of Malaysia has…

Oslo, Zurich and Tokyo make raking of world’s priciest cities

Oslo, Zurich and Tokyo are the world’s most expensive cities, but it is in the Swiss financial capital that residents enjoy the strongest purchasing power, according to a study published Friday. These three cities are the most costly on the planet when comparing prices for 122 goods and services, according…

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