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Drawbridge Rising Sends Vehicle Crashing

Drawbridge Rising Sends Vehicle Crashing

(ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) — A forgotten lesson that whatever goes up must come down led to an eye-popping vehicle crash on a drawbridge in the Netherlands this week.
A cameraman filming a program called Netherlands from Above left his quad bike unatten…

Queen of England Hiring New Chef

Queen of England Hiring New Chef

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — The queen of England is looking for a new sous chef for Buckingham Palace. In an ad posted on the Royal Household’s job site, the chef is required to have a catering certification and work 45 hours a week…

Two Policemen Shot Outside Italian Prime Minister’s Office

Two Policemen Shot Outside Italian Prime Minister’s Office

iStockphoto(ROME) — A gunman in Rome wounded two policemen in a crowded square near the prime minister’s office on Sunday.
Police arrested the suspect, identified as Luigi Preiti according to BBC News.
A Rome prosecutor says the gunman intended …

Brit Convicted of Selling Fake Bomb Detectors, Many in Iraq Still Using Them

Brit Convicted of Selling Fake Bomb Detectors, Many in Iraq Still Using Them

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) — An antenna on a black hinge was once a silly, useless gift for anyone trying to find lost golf balls. But British businessman Jim McCormick claimed the device could detect bombs, drugs, even ivory, turning a piece of…

Czech Republic Ambassador: Don’t Confuse Us with Chechnya

Czech Republic Ambassador: Don’t Confuse Us with Chechnya

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — The Czech Republic and Chechnya are nearly 2,000 miles apart, but that didn’t stop people from mixing up their geography.

The Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the Tsarnaev brothers, are of Chechen ethnicity. When the similar sounding Czech Republic, a country in Central Europe, began getting buzz online, the country’s ambassador to the United States stepped in to clear up the social media confusion.

 “As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect,” Ambassador Petr Gandalovič wrote in a statement, after first offering his condolences to the victims of the bombings.

“The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities – the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation,” he explained.

Chechens are an ethnic group hailing from the southern edge of the Russian border, known as the North Caucasus region, whose history has been marked by its violent struggles for independence. Chechnya, a republic, is bordered by Georgia.

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Teen London Marathoner Starts Boston Twitter Campaign

Teen London Marathoner Starts Boston Twitter Campaign

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)(LONDON) — Despite the bombing at Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon, leaving three dead and more than 170 injured, the London Marathon will proceed as scheduled Sunday.Londoner Amelie Hunton, 18, will be parti…

Notorious French Criminal Escapes from Prison

Notorious French Criminal Escapes from Prison

Kevin Horan/Stone(LILLE, France) — French police are searching for a notorious armed robber who escaped from prison on Saturday morning.According to BBC News, Redoine Faid used dynamite and took four prison guards hostage before breaking out of Sequed…

French President Will Receive New Camel to Replace One Eaten

French President Will Receive New Camel to Replace One Eaten

PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images(TIMBUKTU, Mali) — The president of France will soon get a “bigger and better-looking” camel after an apparent misunderstanding led to a West African family eating a camel that was originally given to him a…

Kate Middleton Look-Alike Recreates Pregnancy ‘to Be Authentic’

Kate Middleton Look-Alike Recreates Pregnancy ‘to Be Authentic’

Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) — Heidi Agan makes her living as a Kate Middleton impersonator, so as Middleton’s belly grows during pregnancy, so must Agan’s.Agan, of Northamptonshire, England, reportedly bought a number of belly prosthet…

Russian Oligarch Boris Berezovsky’s Death ‘Unexplained’

Russian Oligarch Boris Berezovsky’s Death ‘Unexplained’

Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky was not killed by chemical or radioactive material, British police said Sunday, but are still calling the 67-year-old’s death unexplained.Berezovsky, once one …

Russian Tycoon Found Dead in UK Home

Russian Tycoon Found Dead in UK Home

Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LONDON) — Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky was found dead in his home outside of London on Saturday morning.The 67-year-old tycoon was a wanted man in Russia and an opponent of Russian President Vladimir Put…

Pope Francis Visits, Dines with Pope Emeritus Benedict

Pope Francis Visits, Dines with Pope Emeritus Benedict

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — A historic meeting took place Saturday morning when Pope Francis met for lunch with the Pope Emeritus Benedict.Pope Francis took a helicopter to meet with the former pope at Castel Gandolfo for a …

Joe Biden’s Million Dollar Nights in London & Paris

Joe Biden’s Million Dollar Nights in London & Paris

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Europe last month led to a hefty tab with over one million dollars dedicated to securing hotels for himself, staff and security for two nights in London and Paris, government documents sh…

Thousands Pack St. Peter’s Square for Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass

Thousands Pack St. Peter’s Square for Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass

L’Osservatore Romano/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter’s Square on Tuesday to welcome Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, and celebrate his inaugural Mass in front of numerous heads of state from aro…

Pope Francis to Meet with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner

Pope Francis to Meet with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff in history, on Monday meets with a familiar face — in fact, a familiar foe: Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, with whom he has clashed in the past over …

Kate Middleton Hoping for a Boy, Says William Wants a Girl

Kate Middleton Hoping for a Boy, Says William Wants a Girl

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — The Duchess of Cambridge revealed at a St. Patrick’s Day ceremony on Sunday that she and her husband have different hopes for the gender of their first child.Irish Guardsman Lee Wheeler asked the mother-t…

Pope Francis Delivers Message of Mercy to Massive Crowd

Pope Francis Delivers Message of Mercy to Massive Crowd

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Before an astounding crowd of some 300,000 in and around St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered his first angelus as pontiff on Sunday, urging the faithful to be merciful and forgiving.Hours e…

Pope Francis Addresses Media for First Time

Pope Francis Addresses Media for First Time

Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(ROME) — The newly elected Pope Francis met with thousands of reporters Saturday morning for the first time since he was selected to lead the Catholic Church.Before the pontiff addressed the media throng, a Vatica…

Humble Beginnings for New Pope

Humble Beginnings for New Pope

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(ROME) — Is Pope Francis determined to become the low-profile pontiff?On his first full day of assuming duties as leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, the new pope seemed to eschew the media spotlight in Rome by …

Cardinal: Not a ‘Dry Eye in the House’ at Pope Francis’ Election

Cardinal: Not a ‘Dry Eye in the House’ at Pope Francis’ Election

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — There was not a “dry eye in the house” at the Sistine Chapel the moment when former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the next pope, with the 115 cardinals meeting for the conclave then burstin…

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