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Tourist fined €20,000 for carving initial on Rome’s Colosseum

In the latest episode of tourists behaving badly in Rome, a Russian has been fined €20,000 (£15,800) for carving his initial into the Colosseum.<p>The 42-year-old tourist used a stone to carve a 25cm “K” into a wall inside the ancient amphitheatre. He was caught in the act by a guard and arrested by …

Taylor Swift's Spotify snub a 'corporate power play', says Billy Bragg

However, Swift’s spokesperson denies any arrangement has been made with new YouTube Music Key service run by Google<p>Billy Bragg has dismissed Taylor Swift’s decision to remove her music from Spotify as “nothing more than a corporate power play” after YouTube said the singer’s catalogue would be made …

Virginity tests on Indonesia police condemned

Human Rights Watch has urged Indonesia's national police to halt "discriminatory" virginity tests for women applying to join the force in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.<p>The rights group said on Tuesday that women applicants were required to be both unmarried and virgins, and that …

25 Genius DIY Storage Solutions Your Home Needs Now

Say goodbye to entryway chaos forever.<p>If your house is overwhelmed with clutter, it's time to bust out your tool set to wrangle the situation once and for all. These projects are designed to organize and streamline the messiest trouble spots in your home.

5 French Phrases That Will Save You Money When Traveling in France

Save by learning these important phrases. Photo: Smilla4<p>By Bryan Pirolli, EuroCheapo.com—<p>So you're feeling like you've mastered the "<i>bonjours</i>" and "<i>mercis</i>"? Maybe it's time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don't always work when you are shopping or dining in a café.<p>We know …

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Debunking 9 Common Beauty Myths

The truth about that wild lipstick stat, sleep wrinkles and more<p><b>1) Hair grows back thicker, darker and faster when you shave it.</b><p><b>False:</b> "Shaving hair is just cutting the end, so it has no effect on root and therefore no effect on growth," says Dr. Heidi Waldorf, the director of laser and cosmetic …

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Worker lauded for inviting teen with autism to help him stock supermarket<p>Good Samaritans join police in dramatic car fire rescue: Video<p>Officer …

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Russia to host talks on eliminating Syria chemical arsenal

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will host international talks on Friday on the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.<p>A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical …

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Colorado School Shooting Suspect May Have Been Out For Revenge, Police Say

A Colorado student who may have been seeking revenge against a teacher barged into his school with a shotgun on Friday, set off an explosive device …

Earth’s Ozone on Bumpy Road to Recovery

Weather effects surprisingly shape the Antarctic ozone hole.<p><b>Last year the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica was surprisingly small. But don't get used to that, say atmospheric scientists. Rather than signaling a speedy recovery, the shrinkage was likely a sign of variable weather.</b><p><b>The ozone</b> …

Changes made for gay couples applying for federal college loans

Legally married gay couples applying for federal college loans will be given the same rights and opportunities as their straight married classmates, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday.<p>“We must continue to ensure that every single American is treated equally in the eyes of the law, and this …

Geminid Sky Shower Strikes This Weekend

Explosion is at least five times more powerful than previous events, study says.<p><b>As darkness falls this weekend, look toward the heavens for a gem of a sky show from one of the year’s best meteor showers, peaking overnight on December 13 and 14.</b><p><b>The annual Geminid meteor shower promises colorful</b> …

Vietnam leprosy community move raises fears for future

Da Nang, Vietnam<p>Thuong Nhu Trinh deftly tugs strands of nylon threads together at his two-room house, despite several missing fingers.<p>The 47-year-old's job - making nets - is the only reminder of his old life as a fisherman.<p>Now he lives on the outskirts of Da Nang, in central Vietnam. He is one of …

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Syrian refugees forgotten in Lebanon

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1036000/1036618_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532492611_f6739a772ea4903d66c29f9779448b38<p><b>Majid chose to arrive in the middle of a snowstorm on Wednesday this week.</b><p>His mother Iman, a refugee from Raqqa in north-east Syria, had to be rushed …

Snowstorm brings Jerusalem to a grinding halt

A snowstorm of rare intensity has blanketed Jerusalem and parts of the occupied West Bank, choking off the city and stranding hundreds of vehicles on impassable roads.<p>Israeli authorities on Friday said at least 50 centimetres of snow had fallen since the previous day, and forecasters predicted the …

Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95

Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He was 95.<p>President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.<p>From his childhood as a herd boy, Mandela went on to lead the African …

Obamacare Website Overhaul Promises to Accommodate 90% of Users

After five weeks of maintenance on the Affordable Care Act’s glitch-ridden website, Americans should have an easier time logging on since its launch …

Fatal helicopter crash casts pall over Scottish holiday

November 30 is the feast day of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. However, what should have been a national day of celebration was instead a day of national mourning after a police helicopter crashed into a packed Glasgow pub Friday evening, killing eight people and seriously injuring 14 …

The US ranks 43rd in the world on climate policy (and Canada is even worse)

North America's climate policy laggards: Canada and the US rank 58th and 43rd in the world, respectively.<a …

How Google Earth is busting Persian Gulf nations for overfishing

Weapons-grade uranium isn’t the only thing Iran may be hiding. The country does not report its fishing catch to the United Nations, which is problematic given that the Persian Gulf, like other areas of the world, suffers from overfishing. But thanks to Google Earth, scientists now know that Iran …

'The Knockout Game': An Old Phenomenon With Fresh Branding

There are a few variations, but this is generally how "the knockout game" works: A teenager, or a bunch of teenagers, bored and looking for something to get into, spies some unsuspecting mark on the street. They size up the person, then walk up close to their target and — BLAM — punch him or her as …

CIA's most senior officer in Pakistan 'unmasked' by Imran Khan's party

The political party led by the former cricket star Imran Khan claims to have blown the cover of the CIA's most senior officer in Pakistan as part of an increasingly high-stakes campaign against US drone strikes.<p>The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party named a man it claimed was head of the CIA …

World Headlines: China Tracked U.S. Bombers Over New Zone

<b>China, Xinhua</b><p>China says it tracked U.S. B-52 bombers that flew over its "air defense identification zone."<p>Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said Wednesday the U.S. aircraft flew south and north along the eastern border of the East China Sea air defense identification zone from 11 a.m. to …

How history might have handled the selfie – in pictures

The beauty of the selfie (OED's word of 2013) lies in its through-the-keyhole appeal. Intimate and seemingly carefree, these self-portraits offer an insight into the lives of others – and when these others are VIPs, the snapshot is all the more enticing. No surprises, then, that an ad campaign for …

New Orleans Street Music

I think it's fair to say that among the top reasons people visit New Orleans, setting aside food, booze and certain anatomical parts of women that also begin with B, is our music. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and blues, and our heritage as a music city is strong. On any night of the week, …

Don't Be Duped -- Travel and Talk to People

Flying home, I'm pleased with what we learned and what we have to share. The montage to introduce our one-hour Holy Land special goes like this: "While Jewish Israelis and Muslim Palestinians have overlapping claims and struggle to share it peacefully, this land has a rich and fascinating heritage. …