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Netherlands party wants to shut down on Sundays ‘to go to church’

Shutting the Netherlands down on Sundays, protecting an African language and living a work-free life are some of the more offbeat policies being put forward by Dutch parties ahead of Wednesday’s vote. A whopping 21 parties are contesting parliament’s 150 seats in the election, the second in just over two…

DSK has new girlfriend

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has a new girlfriend who works for a well-known television channel, glossy French weekly VSD said Friday, printing photographs of the two together. His new love interest was a “bubbly 40-something” with a “senior job in a big television chain”, it said and identified her…

Norway killer Breivik refuses to appeal 21-year sentence

An Oslo court verdict last month handing gunman Anders Behring Breivik a 21-year prison sentence stands after he told his lawyers he would not lodge an appeal by Friday’s deadline, they said. Norwegian Breivik was sentenced to his country’s maximum prison sentence for his July 22 twin attacks last year…

French tax lawyer accused of swindling L’Oreal heiress

A French tax lawyer was charged Friday with swindling the country’s richest woman, L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, by getting her to hand over a private island in the Seychelles to him. A source said Fabrice Goguel, who also heads the Foundation for Ecological balance, was suspected of abusing 89-year-old Bettencourt’s…

Australia halts deportation of U.K. murderer after he spit and cursed at flight crews

Australian officials were Friday considering how to deport a British murderer after he was pulled from two commercial flights after reportedly spitting at crew and screaming abuse after boarding. Keith Herring ripped a telephone from the seat of a plane and urinated in a holding cell as officials attempted to…

Slum surveys giving ‘invisible’ inhabitants a say in urban planning

In 2005, Jeremiah Makori was asleep in his home in Nairobi’s Deep Sea slum when he heard a voice outside. “We went to sleep as usual, and at midnight I heard a strange voice outside, [saying] move out and save your lives,” he said. He rushed outside with his nightclothes…

Myanmar passes new law to attract foreign investors

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s parliament on Friday, September 7 passed an eagerly awaited new law aimed at boosting foreign investment in the former pariah state, which is emerging from decades of military rule, a lawmaker said. The legislation allows foreign companies to own a 50-percent stake in joint ventures with…

Motorcycle bomb attack outside Damascus mosque: state TV

DAMASCUS: A motorcycle bomb exploded as worshippers left a mosque after Friday prayers in northern Damascus, wounding several people, Syrian state television said. “A terrorist attack carried out with a motorcycle loaded with explosives struck the exit of Rukniyeh mosque as worshippers were making their way out,” it said, adding…

Lufthansa grounds half of flights as strike begins

German airline Lufthansa cancelled around half of its scheduled flights Friday as a 24-hour strike by cabin crew got under way, a company spokesman said. Frankfurt airport, Lufthansa’s main hub and Europe’s third-busiest airport, was “most affected” by the stoppages, the spokesman said. But the head of the striking UFO…

Southwest China quakes kill 43: officials

Beijing– At least 43 people were killed and 150 injured when two shallow earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.6 struck southwest China on Friday, officials said. Another 100,000 people were made homeless by the quakes, which struck on the border of Southwestern Yunnan and Guizhou provinces around the middle of…

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