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Obama and Shakira face off in Colombia’s donkey pageant

Backstage was chaotic. Barack Obama was fighting with his handler. Shakira had been happily eating off the floor but became surly when she was interrupted. It took three men to push her up the ramp onto the makeshift stage. Donkeys and beauty contests are both common sights in rural Colombia,…

Colombian Congress advances drug legalization bill

Colombia’s Chamber of Representatives has approved a bill that would legalize the cultivation of drugs that grow as plants, bringing to fruition the start of more legislative drug reform efforts to come, as promised by South American leaders during the recent Summit of the Americas. Colombia’s drug crop legalization bill…

Wreckage of Russian jet found in Indonesia

The wreckage of a Russian Sukhoi jet that went missing in Indonesia with about 50 people on board was located on Thursday, a day after it disappeared, the rescue agency chief said. “The Sukhoi has been found just now,” said Ketut Parwa, search and rescue agency chief for the capital Jakarta, who was coordinating operations.…

S. Korea pastor fasts to death in hope of resurrection

Seoul, May 10, 2012 (AFP) – A South Korean Christian pastor has starved himself to death in the belief that he would be resurrected, police said Thursday. They said the 48-year-old female partner of the pastor was arrested Saturday for negligence in the death. The pastor identified only as Jung…

Putin to skip G8 summit in US next week

WASHINGTON — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will skip the G8 summit and ice breaker talks with President Barack Obama next week, the White House said, raising new questions about Moscow-Washington ties. Putin had been expected at the summit at Camp David and to hold talks with the US leader in…

Olympic flame lit for London Games

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AFP) – The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece on Thursday, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year’s summer Games in London. Actors in ancient Greek costume invoked the god Apollo…

Spain’s ‘indignants’ to retake the streets

MADRID — A year after taking over Spain’s streets and squares, sparking a global uprising against economic injustice, the “indignants” are plotting a comeback. The activists, who once led hundreds of thousands into the streets, are launching a four-day protest May 12-15, ending on the anniversary of the movement’s birth…

Fifteen decapitated in apparent Mexico revenge attack

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Police found the dismembered, decapitated bodies of 15 people in two abandoned vehicles in western Mexico Wednesday in an apparent revenge killing between powerful drug gangs. Police initially counted 12 bodies dumped in the car on a road between Mexico’s second city of Guadalajara and the lakeside…

Michele Bachmann granted dual Swiss-American citizenship

Fond of saying she’s proud to be American, former presidential contender Michele Bachmann also frequently has spoken of her family’s Norwegian ancestry. Now the Republican lawmaker is touting new-found ties to Switzerland, after being granted dual citizenship, US media reported Wednesday. “Congresswoman Bachmann’s husband is of Swiss descent so she…

50-person Russian jet goes missing in Indonesian air

A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 with about 50 people on board went missing in a mountainous area south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta during a demonstration flight Wednesday, officials said. The plane disappeared from radar screens 50 minutes into what was meant to be a brief flight and rescue teams…

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