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'First Irish case' of death by spontaneous combustion

A man who burned to death in his home died as a result of spontaneous combustion, an Irish coroner has ruled.

Russian spy agency targeting western diplomats

Russia's spy agency is waging a massive undercover campaign of harassment against British and American diplomats, as well as other targets, using deniable "psychological" techniques developed by the KGB, a new book reveals.

Lenders press Greece to shrink state and avoid default

George Georgiopoulos and Ingrid Melander Reuters 09/20/2011
Lenders press Greece to shrink state and avoid default

International lenders told Greece on Monday it must shrink its public sector to avoid running out of money within weeks, as investors spooked by political setbacks in Europe dumped risky euro zone assets.

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn regrets 'moral failure' of liaison with New York hotel maid

Dominique Strauss-Kahn said he regretted "a moral failure" that cost him the chance to run for the French presidency in a contrite but combative first interview over two attempted rape accusations.

Blackface Obama billboard sparks outrage

German comedian Martin Sonneborn is well-known for jokes bordering on the tasteless. But a satirical political billboard of him posing in blackface makeup as US President Barack Obama is sparking outrage.

3-Year-Olds Branded “Racist,” “Homophobic” Put In UK Government Database

Over 30,000 British schoolchildren, some as young as three, have had their names registered on a government database and branded “racist” or “homophobic” for using playground insults, infractions that could impact their future careers.

EU warned of credit crunch threat; Moody's downgrades 2 French banks

John O'Donnell and Lionel Laurent Reuters 09/15/2011
Thief who swallowed diamond is caught on X-ray

A thief in Spain who stole a diamond from a British woman -- and then swallowed it -- was caught when police stopped him at a checkpoint and forced him to undergo an X-ray.

EU warned of credit crunch threat; Moody's downgrades 2 French banks

European finance ministers have been warned confidentially of the danger of a renewed credit crunch as a "systemic" crisis in euro zone sovereign debt spills over to banks, according to documents obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

International alarm over euro zone crisis grows

Noah Barkin and Stefano Bernabei Reuters 09/14/2011
International alarm over euro zone crisis grows

International alarm over Europe's debt crisis hit new heights on Tuesday, with President Barack Obama pressing the bloc's big countries to show leadership as talk of a Greek default escalated and markets heaped pressure on Italy.

Dangerous TB spreading at alarming rate in Europe-WHO

Multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB) are spreading at an alarming rate in Europe and will kill thousands unless health authorities halt the pandemic, the World Health Organisation(WHO) said on Wednesday.


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