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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Freedom fatwa? Saudi cleric says women don’t need to veil, can travel alone

An influential Saudi cleric has issued a religious edict, commonly known as Fatwa, allowing women to travel without a male guardian, uncover their faces and eat alongside men.

In statements posted on Twitter, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Qassim al-Ghamdi, the former head of Mecca's Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice committee, said: “It is permissible for people to look at what is not forbidden in women like their faces and their arms.”

Ancient Shoes Turn Up in Egypt Temple

More than 2,000 years ago, at a time when Egypt was ruled by a dynasty of kings of Greek descent, someone, perhaps a group of people, hid away some of the most valuable possessions they had — their shoes.

Darth Vader, Imperial troopers storm Ukraine's Justice Ministry

The Dark Lord of the Sith and a squad of Imperial stormtroopers attempted an assault on the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice in Kiev this Tuesday. Vader demanded Ministry's 'master' to come forward to hand him over a document from the Internet Party of Ukraine.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Iran ditching uranium for plutonium? New images suggest ‘Plan B’

Images allegedly showing activity in one of Iran’s nuclear facilities, which international inspectors have been barred from entering, have been released on Wednesday.

Depardieu dances in Chechnya

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who recently registered as a Russian resident amid a tax row with Paris, arrived Sunday evening in Chechnya where he was greeted by the republic's leader Ramzan Kadyrov. He also attended a dinner with local dances, hosted by Ramzan Kadyrov.

Nissan Patrol test drive and Russian Monster Tracktors

In Russia, you don't take your car on the mud - the mud... takes your car. And a massive off-road tractor. And a full-track bulldozer thing...

Yep, this is a Nissan Patrol getting very stuck somewhere in Russia. And when an off-road tractor (which looks a lot like it saw service on a Bond villain's island, circa 1965) comes to its aid, it also gets stuck. So a full-track bulldozer comes to rescue the tractor (which fails to rescue the Nissan) and... gets stuck.

Eventually, all three vehicles dig themselves out of the situation, but who d'you reckon should clean them afterwards? - Top Gear

Violent incident in Jerusalem

Front page of Maariv newspaper, picture of a Palestinian woman assaulted by Israelis in a bus station as the security officer looks on and smiles. This is what occupation and discrimination do... See it, study it, understand that this is not an exception but a loud, shameful example of the indignity that is daily life of a Palestinian under Israel's occupation. Following is Google's translation of the Hebrew caption, as it appeared in the webiste:

The old woman and the sea

Cecilia Villegas, 77, leaves her home on Costa Rica's Cano Ciego Island every morning to fish, which is her only means of survival. Photographer Juan Carlos Ulate spent two days with Cecilia out on the open sea as she ventured out in her small boat in the hopes of a large catch. Produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Helicopter being shot down , caught on video

Dramatic amateur video uploaded by Syrian activists on Monday claims to show a regime helicopter being shot down by rebels near Mennegh Air Base, close to the border with Turkey. (Feb. 25)

Snow Forces Road Closures in Texas, Oklahoma (vid)

Blizzard conditions again descended on the midsection of the country Monday, forcing the closure of highways in the Texas and Oklahoma. (Feb. 25)

101-year-old marathon runner retires

101-year-old marathon runner Fauja Singh has retired after running his last competitive race in Hong Kong. Report by Genelle Aldred.

Boris Johnson blasts London Assembly members after being thrown out of meeting

Mayor of London Boris Johnson calls London Assembly members "great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies" after they voted against a two hour grilling on his budget decisions. Report by Tom Ellis.

US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing

Starting this week, Internet Service Providers will start throttling connection speeds for customers alleged to be pirating copyright-protected materials.

Months after a controversial “six-strike” program was slated to be rolled out by the biggest ISPs in the United States, the Copyright Alert System (CAS) confirmed on Monday that the initiative has gone live.

Monday, 25 February 2013

'Gangnam Style' at South Korean Inauguration

South Korean music star Psy performed his mega-hit 'Gangnam Style' at the inauguration of his country's first woman President, Park Geun-Hye. (Feb. 25)

Ugly models: A new trend in plus size Britain

The London based ugly model agency is holding a casting call on Wednesday where 130 hopefuls will vie to join the eclectic mix of models already on the books, including a bearded lady and a man who can make his eyeballs pop out of his head.

South Korea swears in first female president, Park Geun-hye

Park Geun-hye was sworn in as South Korea’s first female president on Monday, vowing zero tolerance with provocations from a nuclearised North Korea and a new era of economic prosperity for all.
As leader of Asia’s fourth-largest economy, Park, 61, faces significant challenges, including the belligerent regime in the North, a slowing economy and soaring welfare costs in one of the world’s most rapidly ageing societies.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Hotel Where Tourist Was Found in Water Tank

when officials at the historic Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles found her body in a water cistern on the hotel roof. (Feb. 21)

Iranian gas to reach Europe through Syria

The plan to pump Iran's natural gas to Iraq, and later to Syria and the Mediterranean Sea is no longer a pipe dream. That's because the Iraqi government has finally endorsed the framework of the strategic energy agreement, which will also pave the way for exporting Iranian gas to Europe through Syria. The official announcement came on the sidelines of the Ninth International Energy Conference in Tehran. Iran will pump its natural gas to Iraq through the 10-billion-dollar pipeline from Assaluyeh, near the massive offshore South Pars Gas Field in southern Iran. The 1,500-kilometer-pipeline will feed three Iraqi power plants before reaching Syria and the Mediterranean Sea. 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Cheating fiance found on Yandex Maps

While searching for some address in Yandex Maps, Marina discovered the picture of her fiance hand in hand with his ex-girlfriend.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Tunisian PM resigns

The Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has resigned after failing to form a new government during a political crisis triggered by the assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid earlier this month. The news came in a televised address to the nation.

Chaos as fighter jet crashes in Yemen's capital city Sanaa

Chaos in the aftermath of a fighter jet crash in Yemen's capital city of Sanaa which left 11 dead and 15 others injured.

Secret rooms uncovered at Warwick Castle, UK

Tony Robinson (Time Team) has opened four never-seen-before rooms at Warwick Castle, including one designed by Richard III.

Amazing video of Russian meteorite ripping through skies

A meteorite explosion was seen from different regions of Russia and even from abroad - as far away as Kazakstan, where a dashboard camera belonging to Roman Belchenko captured meteorite fall. The meteorite shattered over several major cities, including Chelyabinsk, where the blast waves blew out windows and disrupted mobile service.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Are We Running Out Of Scientific Geniuses?

In the latest issue of Nature, Dean Keith Simonton argues that modern science is just building on what's already known, rather than upending what we think we know.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Russian Meteor Explosion

This terrifying video of a meteor explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, is one of many angles of the fiery event captured by amateurs Friday.

This particularly dramatic angle of the explosion over a highway shows a bright flash in the sky, as the 10-ton meteor releases several kilotons of energy. The meteor explosion reportedly injured hundreds, mainly due to flying shards of glass.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Shocking new healthcare scandals sprout in UK

The family and friends of hundreds of patients who died due to neglect in an English hospital are calling for criminal action to be taken against those responsible. An official report last week found that many people had died needlessly.

Helicopter Crash Caught On Camera - Top Gear Korea

This was an accident that was caught on camera during filming for Top Gear Korea. Thankfully no one was seriously injured. The original challenge pitted presenter Kim Jin Pyo in a Corvette ZR1 against an AH1 Cobra helicopter in true Top Gear style.

What Do We Get Wrong About the Minimum Wage?

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- University of Texas Professor of Economics Daniel Hamermesh discusses the impact of raising the minimum wage on the economy and jobs creation. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." (Source: Bloomberg)

The World's Most Gold-Hungry Country? Not the U.S.

The World Gold Council has released its latest list of the world's biggest gold holders. But who bought the most in the past decade? The answer may surprise you.

How Popular Is Chocolate in China?

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Godiva Chocolatier CEO Jim Goldman discusses the company's presence and sales in China. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Lunch Money." (Source: Bloomberg)

World's Largest Crocodile to Be Preserved

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Susan Li reports on the world's largest crocodile. She speaks on Bloomberg Television's "First Up." (Source: Bloomberg)