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Texas Gov. Rick Perry stays coy about GOP presidential run

The Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry, continued this weekend to play coy about whether he will throw his ten-gallon hat in the ring for the GOP nomination for the presidency. At the Republican Leadership Conference, he delivered a speech that brought the gathered crowd of conservatives to its feet,…

Jon Huntsman close to announcing presidential bid

WASHINGTON — Ex-US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman said on Sunday he is close to throwing his hat in the ring for the Republican presidential nomination, distancing himself from former boss Barack Obama. “We’re about a week and a half out,” he told CNN’s State of the Union, adding “we’re…

Russia opens trial into ‘US spy ring traitor’

MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian court on Monday began hearing the case of a former top secret service agent accused of treason and defecting after he blew the cover on a sleeper spy ring in the United States last year. Alexander Poteyev, who is being tried in absentia and is…

Russia prosecutes reputed U.S. spy-ring turncoat

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s domestic intelligence agency said on Tuesday that it had established the guilt of a man local media have identified as the spymaster who betrayed a ring of agents operating in the United States last year. Prime Minister Vladimir Putinand other officials have suggested a turncoat’s betrayal led to the…

Attractive men have long ring fingers: study

PARIS — The longer a man’s fourth or ring finger is compared to his index finger, the more likely he is to be judged attractive by women, according to a study released Wednesday. The results, published in the British Royal Society’s journal Biological Sciences, unveil intricate links between foetal exposure…

Night-vision let dinosaurs stalk prey by dark: study

WASHINGTON — Ferocious, meat-eating dinosaurs were equipped with night vision that helped them stalk their prey in the dark, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. Plant-eating dinosaurs could also see a fair bit at night, because they likely had to eat round the clock to keep…

Police smash ‘biggest’ online pedophile ring

THE HAGUE (AFP) – Police in several countries have arrested scores of alleged members of an online paedophile ring and rescued 230 children in “the biggest case of its kind”, Europol said. A third of the arrests in the round-up which began three years ago were made in Britain, the…

Obama says Vick deserves second chance

US President Barack Obama says disgraced National Football League quarterback Michael Vick deserves a second chance after serving a jail sentence for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring. White House spokesman Bill Burton says the president told Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie that people in Vick’s position should be able…

Hugh Hefner proposes to another Playboy Playmate

LOS ANGELES – In a Christmas message on Twitter, 84-year-old Playboy tycoon Hugh Hefner said Sunday he had proposed to girlfriend Crystal Harris, a former Playmate of the Month 60 years his junior. “When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in…

Bull leaps into bullring stands in Spain, 40 hurt

40 injured as bull leaps into packed stands at Spanish bullring and runs amok A bull leapt into the packed grandstands of a Spanish bullring and ran amok, charging and trampling spectators and leaving 40 people injured, regional officials said Thursday. Video showed the bull jumping several meters (yards) high…

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