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Police: Real IRA member killed outside Irish pub

Police: Real IRA member killed outside Irish pub

DUBLIN 7 March 2013  (AP) — Police say a member of an Irish Republican Army splinter group involved in a bloody feud with Dublin drug dealers has been killed in an ambush outside a rural Irish pub. Peter Butterly was shot in the head and body Wednesday outside the Huntsman Inn near the village of […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Mystery ‘Batman’ delivers wanted man to UK police before revealing secret identity: Stan Worby

Mystery ‘Batman’ delivers wanted man to UK police before revealing secret identity: Stan Worby

London: 7 March 2013 A mystery figure who dressed as Batman and handed a wanted man in at a police station has been unmasked. Stan Worby, 39, said he accompanied his friend in Bradford while dressed as the caped crusader as a joke, as reported by the BBC. The takeaway delivery driver said he was […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Bulgarians mourn self-immolation victim

Bulgarians mourn self-immolation victim

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP)— A Bulgarian mayor stepped down on Wednesday as his country held a nationwide day of mourning for a man who committed suicide in a protest demanding the official’s resignation. Protester Plamen Goranov, 36, died after setting himself on fire in front of a public building in his city of Varna on Feb. […]

March 6, 2013 | By More
UK among least healthy in west Europe

UK among least healthy in west Europe

London: Despite six decades of free medical care and widespread health campaigns, Britons are among the unhealthiest people in Western Europe, a new study says. International researchers analysed the country’s rates of sickness and death from 1990 to 2010 in comparison to those of 15 other Western European countries in addition to Australia, Canada and […]

March 6, 2013 | By More
Police seize resorts in Italy said to be mob-owned

Police seize resorts in Italy said to be mob-owned

ROME (AP) — Police in Italy have arrested 20 people and seized some 17 seaside resorts along the southern coast in a crackdown on organized crime clans suspected of laundering money through the tourist industry. Italian prosecutor Nicola Gratteri told reporters in Reggio Calabria that two ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate clans are believed to have invested […]

March 6, 2013 | By More
Tapes reveal plan of father accused of killing six children

Tapes reveal plan of father accused of killing six children

LONDON: The father accused of killing six of his children in a house fire was secretly recorded asking his wife “are we sticking to the story?” on the way to court, a jury was told on Monday. Detectives bugged the prison van taking Michael Philpott, 56, and his wife Mairead, 31, to a magistrates’ court […]

March 5, 2013 | By More
Thousands of caterpillars seized at UK airport

Thousands of caterpillars seized at UK airport

London: British customs agents made a creepy discovery when an airline passenger was found with 94 kilograms of caterpillars in his luggage. The man claimed they were intended as food for personal consumption. The UK Border Force said on Friday that inspectors at London’s Gatwick Airport found the dried caterpillars shrink-wrapped in cellophane and packed […]

March 4, 2013 | By More
UK: Queen hospitalised over stomach illness

UK: Queen hospitalised over stomach illness

London: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has been hospitalised over an apparent stomach infection that has ailed her for days, Buckingham Palace said Sunday. The monarch will have to cancel a visit to Rome and other engagements as she recovers. The palace said the 86-year-old British monarch had experienced symptoms of gastroenteritis and was being examined […]

March 4, 2013 | By More
3rd French soldier killed in Mali combat

3rd French soldier killed in Mali combat

PARIS  — A French soldier has died in some of the most intense fighting thus far in the seven-week-old military campaign to push back a jihadist advance in Mali, officials said Sunday. Parachutist Corporal Cedric Charenton was killed Saturday night in an assault in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains along the Algerian border, where the […]

March 4, 2013 | By More
Russian banker in fraud case granted London asylum

Russian banker in fraud case granted London asylum

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian banker accused of fraud said Friday he has been granted asylum in Britain to protect him from “baseless” politically motivated charges in Russia. Former Bank of Moscow head Andrei Borodin told Russian media that he had convinced British authorities that charges he faces in Russia are politically motivated persecution launched […]

March 3, 2013 | By More