Thomas Wagner

‘Lolita’ children’s beds cause a stir in UK

Woolworths stores in Britain have halted the sale of ''Lolita'' beds designed for children, after a parents' organisation complained the name is synonymous with sexually active preteens. Woolworths said staff members had been unaware of the name's connection with Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita.

Scientists find fossil of giant sea scorpion

This was a bug that you'd have to look up to and definitely couldn't step on. British scientists have stumbled across a fossilised claw, part of an ancient sea scorpion, that is of such large proportion it would make the entire creature the biggest bug ever. How big? Bigger than you, about 2,5m long.

Internet soccer fans buy English club

An internet-based collective of soccer fans from more than 70 countries agreed in principle on Tuesday to buy a controlling interest in an English soccer club. The deal will give them a vote on everything from team line-up selections to which players should be transferred.

DNA pioneer at centre of racism storm in Britain

An American scientist who won the Nobel Prize for co-discovering the molecular structure of DNA has caused an uproar in Britain by reportedly saying tests have indicated that Africans are not as intelligent as whites. A government minister, scientists and a human rights activist condemned James Watson's comments as racist.

US claims death of senior al-Qaeda official

United States-led forces conducting a crackdown on al-Qaeda killed a senior member of the insurgent group who was responsible for the high-profile kidnappings of several Westerners, a military spokesperson said on Thursday. Meanwhile, a rocket attack on Iraq's Green Zone on Wednesday killed four foreign contractors.

Blasts rock Baghdad as Karbala death toll rises

United States forces fired an artillery barrage in southern Baghdad on Sunday morning, rocking the capital with loud explosions. Meanwhile, the death toll from a suicide car bomb attack in the Shi'ite holy city of Karbala rose to 68 as residents dug through the debris of heavily damaged shops.

Erotic Wendy upsets British children’s hospital

A London hospital that holds the copyright to Peter Pan has questioned the appropriateness of a series of books that portrays the character Wendy exploring her sexuality. The works, Lost Girls, by graphic novellist Alan Moore, are about three world-famous girl characters.

Suicide bomber strikes at Baghdad court building

A suicide bomber attacked a crowd of people waiting outside a heavily guarded court building in Baghdad on Thursday, killing 10 Iraqis and wounding 52, police said. Two United States soldiers also died in a roadside bomb attack. On Wednesday, the corpses of 43 Iraqis were found in the streets of Baghdad and other cities.

Five Iraqis killed, 14 bodies found as Parliament meets

A suicide bomber attacked a police recruiting station on Wednesday in Fallujah, killing five people in an attack apparently aimed at discouraging Sunni Arabs from joining the force, police said. Police also found the bodies of 14 Iraqi men in Baghdad who apparently were the latest victims of a wave of sectarian violence involving death squads.

Iraq vice-president’s sister gunned down

A sister of Iraq's new Sunni Arab vice-president was killed in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad on Thursday, police said. She died one day after her brother called for the Sunni-dominated insurgency to be crushed by force. In southern Iraq, a bomb hit an Italian military convoy on Thursday morning, killing four soldiers.

Sunni party attacked on eve of Iraqi referendum

Sunni insurgents launched five attacks against the largest Sunni Arab political party on the eve of Iraq's crucial referendum on Friday, bombing and burning offices and the home of one of its leaders in retaliation after the group dropped its opposition to the draft Constitution. The reprisals came as Sunni and Shi'ite clerics gave their last advice to their followers in sermons during weekly Friday prayers.

Surge of violence in Iraq continues

Sunni-led insurgents killed at least nine people, including women and children, with a car bomb in a crowded vegetable market on Friday in the second blast against Shi'ite civilians in as many days, police said. The death toll rose to nearly 100 from the previous day's coordinated string of suicide bombings and mortars in another town.

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