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Man charged in nutty attack - 01/26/2009

OTTAWA (AFP) - A Canadian man has been charged with assault using peanut oil he allegedly smeared on a car door handle to make his allergic former fiancee ill, police said Friday. Police in...

Prince Edward escapes charge over beating dog - 01/09/2009

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Prince Edward has escaped prosecution for allegedly beating a dog, after an animal welfare group said Friday there was insufficient evidence to charge him. Edward, 44,...

US soldiers denied Purple Heart for PTSD - 01/09/2009

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US soldiers will not be eligible to receive the Purple Heart for the invisible psychic wounds of war, the Pentagon said Thursday, reserving the medal for those wounded in combat....

Malaysian man sues over text-message break-up - 01/07/2009

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A Malaysian man is suing his ex-fiancee in an Islamic court after her father broke off their engagement via mobile phone text messages, a report said Tuesday. Muhammad Salleh...

Foundation turns rubbish into legs for Thailand's needy - 01/02/2009

NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand (AFP) - Thousands of people have been given artificial limbs by the Prostheses Foundation, which uses unique techniques and some salvaged materials to provide cheaply-made...

Norway prepares to punish sex purchasers, at home and abroad - 12/31/2008

OSLO (AFP) - As Norway rings in the new year it will introduce a new law making the purchase -- but not the sale -- of sex a criminal act, threatening even to put Norwegians who buy sex abroad...

Slum birthday for Carla Bruni in Brazil - 12/27/2008

RIO DE JANEIRO - Vanderlei Almeida - As birthdays go, it was a modest yet heartwarming celebration for Carla Bruni, the pop singer wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who spent her 41st...

Hong Kong's controversial Catholic leader to retire early next year - 12/25/2008

HONG KONG (AFP) - The leader of Hong Kong's Catholic Church, Cardinal Joseph Zen, a staunch democracy campaigner and critic of China's rights record, said Wednesday he would retire early next...

Belgian 'Santa' gives half lottery win to the poor - 12/24/2008

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The Christmas spirit reigns in the Belgium village of Riemst, where a lottery winner is giving half his 7.5 million euro (10.5 million dollar) scoop to the poor, reports said...

Let poor eat caviar: Milan authorities - 12/21/2008

MILAN, Italy (AFP) - Poor residents of Milan will receive an unlikely Christmas gift of contraband caviar this year from kindly prosecutors, a newspaper reported on Saturday. ...
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