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Published: 04/23/11

Beckham, Elton, Mr. Bean to Attend Royal Wedding

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Beckham, Elton, Mr. Bean to Attend Royal Wedding

LONDON - David Beckham, Elton John and Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson will mingle with dozens of royal guests at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, according to an official guest list released Saturday that includes one uncomfortable presence - the Bahraini crown prince accused of a brutal crackdown on protesters. St. James's Palace also released the seating plan at Westminster Abbey, which showed that relatives of William's mother Princess Diana are sitting across the aisle from the royal family, joining the Middletons in an exception to the traditional division of a church into a b...

Published: 04/20/11

US to Give Libyan Rebels Non-Lethal Aid

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US to Give Libyan Rebels Non-Lethal Aid

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration plans to give the Libyan opposition $25 million in non-lethal assistance in the first direct U.S. aid to the rebels after weeks of assessing their capabilities and intentions, officials said Wednesday. Amid a debate over whether to offer the rebels broader assistance, including cash and possibly weapons and ammunition, the administration has informed Congress that President Barack Obama intends to use his so-called "drawdown authority" to give the opposition, led by the Transitional National Council in Benghazi, up to $25 million in surplus American good...

Published: 04/20/11

France Vows to Step Up Airstrikes on Gadhafi's Forces

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France Vows to Step Up Airstrikes on Gadhafi's Forces

PARIS -- France vowed Wednesday to step up airstrikes on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces and acknowledged that it has military officers already working with Libyan rebels on the ground. Italy joined Britain in announcing their commitment of military instructors to train the rebels, who have failed to rout Moammar Gadhafi's forces despite weeks of NATO-led airstrikes. European powers and the Libyan opposition remained firm against sending foreign ground troops into Libya, a dangerous and politically risky step. However NATO, which is leading the U.N.-sanctioned international military o...

Published: 04/18/11

For Sale: 1 Red Ferrari. Made of Wool.

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For Sale: 1 Red Ferrari. Made of Wool.

The classified ad might read: "Sports car seeks permanent home, very good condition, one lady owner." Oh, and another important point: "Made of wool." After traveling the world for the past five years, British artist Lauren Porter is seeking a permanent home for her knitted red Ferrari sports car. http://xml.channel.aol.com/xmlpublisher/fetch.v2.xml?option=expand_relative_urls&dataUrlNodes=uiConfig,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=705444&pid=705443&uts=1302887682 http://ww...

Published: 04/14/11

US, Britain, France Vow to Push Ahead in Libya

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US, Britain, France Vow to Push Ahead in Libya

WASHINGTON -- The United States, Britain and France are pledging to keep up the military campaign in Libya until leader Moammar Gadhafi leaves, a display of unity despite European complaints about the low-profile U.S. role. Libyan TV / AP Libyan TV broadcast footage shows what it says is Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi defiantly waving to his supporters on Thursday while being driven around Tripoli standing up through the sunroof of a car. In a joint declaration, President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy say they will not stop ...

Published: 04/12/11

Movement for Happiness Launches in Britain

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Movement for Happiness Launches in Britain

LONDON -- Is there a science of happiness? A growing band of economists, politicians and academics thinks so -- and is putting theory into practice by starting a "mass movement for a happier society." Action for Happiness launched today in London, encouraging hugging, meditation and random acts of kindness. It is getting under way as the British government asks statisticians to measure the economically battered nation's well-being. The nonprofit group's founders include a former Downing Street policy chief, Tony Blair's biographer and an eminent economist. They say happiness -- long regarde...

Published: 04/11/11

Britain Allows Some Gay Men to Donate Blood -- Why Not the US?

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Britain Allows Some Gay Men to Donate Blood -- Why Not the US?

Britain is reversing its ban on gay men donating blood, but there's a catch: Homosexual blood donors have to swear they haven't had sex with another man in the past 10 years. British health officials are expected to implement the change in the coming weeks, reversing a decades-long ban that gay rights advocates had decried as discriminatory. They argued that many gay men practice safe sex in monogamous relationships or are abstinent altogether, and thus were being excluded from charity blood drives by a blanket ban solely because of their sexual orientation. Getty Images Britain i...

Published: 04/10/11

Sailor Charged With Murder in Nuclear Sub Shooting

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Sailor Charged With Murder in Nuclear Sub Shooting

LONDON -- Police charged a Royal Navy sailor on Sunday with murdering an officer aboard a British nuclear-powered submarine. Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, 22, is also charged with the attempted murder of three other crew members on HMS Astute. Lt. Cmdr. Ian Molyneux, the sub's weapons engineer, was shot dead Friday while the submarine was docked in the southern English port of Southampton. Another officer was seriously wounded before the gunman was disarmed by fellow sailors and visiting dignitaries. As well as the murder charge, Donovan is charged with attempting to kill Lt. Cmdr. Christopher...

Published: 04/9/11

Senior Officer Killed in UK Nuclear Sub Shooting

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Senior Officer Killed in UK Nuclear Sub Shooting

LONDON -- A Royal Navy officer in charge of the weapons on a nuclear-powered submarine was shot dead by a fellow sailor who opened fire with an assault rifle aboard the vessel, Britain's defense ministry said Saturday. The gunman seriously wounded a second sailor before being tackled by a visiting dignitary and disarmed. The ministry named the dead man as Lt. Cmdr. Ian Molyneux, 36, the weapons engineering officer on HMS Astute. It said he died Friday when he was shot by another crew member. The wounded officer was in stable condition in a hospital Saturday, police said. A junior sailor, i...

Published: 04/8/11

1 Dead After Shooting Aboard UK Nuclear Sub

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1 Dead After Shooting Aboard UK Nuclear Sub

LONDON -- A British sailor aboard a nuclear-powered submarine allegedly shot dead a crew member and seriously wounded another Friday while the vessel was on a goodwill visit to an English port, officials said. A sailor was detained aboard HMS Astute and arrested on suspicion of murder. Police and military officials said the incident was not related to terrorism, but offered few details about what may have prompted a sailor to open fire during a tour of the submarine by local dignitaries, including the mayor of Southampton, in southern England. Britain's Press Association news agency reporte...

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