Society

Australian man caught with pigeons in trousers - 02/04/2009

MELBOURNE (AFP) - An Australian man was caught with two live pigeons stuffed in his trousers as he got off a flight from the Middle East, authorities said Tuesday. Customs officers body-searched...

Norway police to strike for 90 minutes - 02/01/2009

OSLO (AFP) - Norway's leading police union has called on its members to observe a 90-minute strike over work conditions Thursday. "We expect the strike will be widely observed and that it will...

Moroccan jailed for selling hot dog... literally - 02/01/2009

CASABLANCA (AFP) - Taking things a little too literally, a Moroccan man was jailed for six years for selling customers dog meat instead of beef, a judicial source said Friday. The man, who admitted...

Lynyrd Skynyrd pianist Billy Powell dead at 56: band - 01/30/2009

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Lynyrd Skynyrd pianist Billy Powell, one of the longest-serving members of the 1970s supergroup, has died aged 56, the band announced on its website Wednesday. Powell, a...

Indonesia bans 'Hindu' yoga for Muslims - 01/26/2009

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) - Muslims in Indonesia have been banned from doing yoga if they engage in Hindu religious rituals during the exercise, the chairman of the country's top Islamic body said...

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...

Influential US political scientist Samuel Huntington dies - 01/23/2009

NEW YORK (AFP) - Influential US political scientist Samuel Huntington, author of "The Clash of Civilizations" and a professor at Harvard University, has died at the age of 81, the university...

Frenchman speaks nonstop for 124 hours to set speech record - 01/23/2009

PERPIGNAN, France (AFP) - Frenchman Lluis Colet broke the world record for the longest speech after rambling nonstop for 124 hours about Spanish painter Salvador Dali, Catalan culture and other...

Drew G. Faust: Harvard's First Female President - 01/17/2009

Drew Gilpin Faust recalls her mother’s advice: “This is a man's world, sweetie, and the sooner you learn that, the better off you'll be.” A century ago, maybe even a few decades ago, this idea may...

'Rumpole' creator John Mortimer dies - 01/17/2009

LONDON (AFP) - Veteran British writer and leftwing lawyer John Mortimer whose most famous creation was curmudgeonly old London barrister "Rumpole Of The Bailey" died Friday aged 85, his family said....
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