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Japan Earthquake Collapses Homes; At Least 22 Hurt

A strong earthquake has struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring more than 20 people, officials say. The magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit near Nagano city shortly after 10 pm at a...

Town Opposes 'Hermaphrodite' Winnie the Pooh

Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie the Pooh—because of the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing. The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting weeks ago in the central Polish town of Tuszyn, but didn't get much media attention in...

Obama Allows Bigger Combat Role in Afghanistan

The US still plans to wind down its mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2016, but the troops who remain in the country until then are going to be doing more fighting than previously planned, reports the New York Times. President Obama has quietly approved a broader mission with...

Gunmen Ambush Bus, Kill 28 Passengers in Kenya

Suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya's north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board, police officials said today. The bus traveling to the capital Nairobi with 60 passengers was hijacked at dawn 30 miles from the town of Mandera near Kenya's border with Somalia. About 20 gunmen...

US Marshals in Disguise Help Mexico Marines

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting scoop about how American personnel are helping Mexico's military catch drug suspects—they're disguising themselves as Mexican marines and taking part in armed raids. It's generally members of the US Marshals Service doing so, but FBI and DEA agents sometimes tag along, too....

Venice Wants to Outlaw Your Rolling Suitcase

You may need to ditch your rolling suitcase if you plan on visiting Venice in the future. Under a new proposal introduced yesterday, the Italian city would fine tourists caught with a suitcase on plastic or hard rubber wheels up to $620 beginning in May, the Local reports. Apparently the...

'Miracle Baby' Born at Just 23 Weeks

They call her "chopstick girl," which provides a sense of her size: all of 11 inches long and weighing just 23 ounces. The Independent reports that a girl in southwest China has survived after being born last week at just 23 weeks. She came along after doctors had to perform...

5 More Gitmo Inmates Resettled

Five prisoners have been released from Guantanamo Bay as part of a renewed effort to close the detention center, officials say. Three men were sent to Georgia and two to Slovakia for resettlement. They were among dozens of low-level prisoners at Guantanamo that an administration task force in 2009 deemed...

As King, Charles Would Be ... Opinionated

The Guardian thinks Brits ought to be prepared for a change in style when the day arrives for Prince Charles to become King Charles. Its interviews with sources close to Charles suggest that he will be far more opinionated about public affairs than the queen currently is. That's especially true...

Cops Battle 20K to Arrest Indian Guru

An Indian guru was arrested yesterday after a 10-day standoff during which at least six people died. Police say up to 20,000 followers of the guru Rampal Maharaj, who is wanted in connection with a 2006 murder, battled police at his ashram, a 2.5-acre religious complex in Hisar,...

Pregnant Woman's Father to Die for Her 'Honor Killing'

A Pakistani court has sentenced a father, brother, and two cousins to death after they used stones and bricks to murder a pregnant relative who married without the family's consent. The decision came yesterday, months after Farzana Parveen 's "honor killing" outside a Lahore courthouse in May drew international attention,...

Priest Confirms Exorcism Video Is Authentic

On Feb. 19, a shriek-filled video was posted to YouTube. What made this one noteworthy: It supposedly captured an exorcism that took place in the Czech city of Vranov nad Dyji. Now, a Catholic priest at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary church confirms the video is authentic. "We were...

Eccentric Duchess More 'Noble' Than Elizabeth Dead at 88

Spain's Duchess of Alba, the world's most titled person, died today at her 14th century palace in Seville after battling pneumonia. Officially Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the eccentric duchess who loved bull-fighting, flamenco dancing, and fishnet tights, was as Reuters puts it,...

N. Korea: We Can't 'Refrain' From Nuke Test

Two days after the UN's toothless vote to haul North Korea's leaders into the Hague over human rights violations, Pyongyang is doubling down on its threatened response to the "political provocation." In a statement today, it says that "the United States' hostile acts are leaving us no longer able to...

Museum Ready to Take $1.3B in Nazi-Looted Art

A small Swiss museum is ready to take on a huge collection of art looted by the Nazis—and the mammoth task of finding the rightful owners of the paintings. Insiders tell the Wall Street Journal that the Kunstmuseum Bern is preparing to accept the $1.3 billion collection of...

104 Cocaine Capsules Removed From Girl, 11

An 11-year-old girl is in critical condition after doctors removed from her stomach 104 cocaine-filled capsules her father made her swallow to smuggle drugs to Europe, police in Colombia say. Officers are hunting for the girl's father, who was seen on closed circuit television rushing into an emergency room in...

Japan Busts 'Black Widow' With 7 Dead Lovers

If everybody supposedly has one thing they're really great at, well, Japanese police say that a 67-year-old woman was criminally great at being a widow. Seems that no fewer than seven of Chisako Kakehi's husbands and lovers have met untimely ends, reports the AFP, and police charged her today on...

Simpsons' Co-Creator Saves Ireland's Gay Bull

He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon. Ireland's Animal Rights Action Network says Simon is helping pay for Benjy's transportation to an animal sanctuary in England. Simon, who is...

Set for Auction: Painting by Adolf Hitler

A painting set for auction in Germany could bring in more than $60,000, though its artist isn't best known for his abilities with a brush. Adolf Hitler produced some 2,000 paintings between 1905 and 1920; he painted the "Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich" in...

Ebola Survivor Quarantined Over Infectious Semen

An Indian man recovered from Ebola back in September, before flying from Liberia to Delhi on Nov. 10—but the 26-year-old has been quarantined anyway, because though his blood tested negative for the virus, his semen tested positive. Ebola lingers in semen for months after a person has recovered, a...

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