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Whopping Fine in Italy on Parked Car Dating Back to 208 AD

Police in Sicily issued a whopping 32,000 Euros ($44,500) fine for an illegally parked car after totting up 2,000 years of interest by mistake, Italy's Repubblica newspaper said Wednesday.

The interest due was calculated from the year 208 A.D. after a policeman dated the fine back to the year 208 instead of 2008.

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The Unstable Future of a World Full of Men

As the global population hits seven billion, experts are warning that skewed gender ratios could fuel the emergence of volatile "bachelor nations" driven by an aggressive competition for brides.

The precise consequences of what French population expert Christophe Guilmoto calls the "alarming demographic masculinization" of countries such as India and China as the result of sex-selective abortion remain unclear.

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Part-Time Kenyan Beggar, Part-Time Dancer

When Sylvester Barasa, whose legs have been withered by polio, is not begging at the side of a highway in the Kenyan capital he is part of a contemporary dance troupe.

"It's a way of surmounting my handicap. It means I don't see the polio as something important any more. I don't pay attention to it anymore," he said.

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Aerosmith's Tyler Hurt in Paraguay, Show Delayed

U.S. rockers Aerosmith postponed their show in Paraguay's capital after lead singer Steven Tyler was admitted to a local hospital, organizers said.

The famously toothy singer was reported to have suffered a cut eyebrow and injuries to his mouth including two broken teeth in a bathroom fall, the newspaper ABC said on its website, citing hospital witnesses.

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Iceland to Help France Save Trees from Global Warming

Iceland and France are looking into the possibility of taking French trees endangered by global warming and planting them in Iceland to safeguard them for the future, officials said.

"The main emphasis (in the collaboration) is on research and finding ways to ensure the protection and preservation of the DNA... of the trees in Iceland," Adalsteinn Sigurgeirsson of the Icelandic Forestry Service told Agence France Presse.

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Qatar Opens Film Festival with 'Black Gold'

Qatar opened on Tuesday its annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival with "Black Gold," a movie by French director Jacques Annaud partly shot in the gas-rich Gulf country.

Starring Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto, Black Gold tells the story of two emirs locked in a feud after the discovery of oil, as a young leader emerges to unite the desert tribes.

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NATO Choppers Violate Pakistan Air Space

Pakistani officials on Wednesday accused NATO helicopters of violating Pakistan's air space over the Taliban and Haqqani stronghold of North Waziristan, along the Afghan border.

"Two helicopters intruded several kilometres inside Pakistan territory in Datta Khel town around 2:00 am (21:00 GMT Tuesday)," a military official told Agence France Presse, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Campaign Wants Egypt's Military Ruler for President

A new campaign has emerged in Egypt aiming to persuade Egyptians to elect military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi as the next president, despite almost weekly protests calling on the army to go back to barracks.

Tantawi heads the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) which took power when a popular uprising ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February, and has been criticized for stalling reform.

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Leopard Kills Toddler in Nepal

A leopard dragged away and killed a four-year-old boy in western Nepal, police said Tuesday, the third victim from the same remote village in just four months.

Local officers fear that one killer cat may be stalking Bela village in the mountains of central Nepal and could be responsible for all three deaths.

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Qatar Reveals for 1st Time that its Forces Joined Libya Rebels in Ground Battles

Qatar revealed for the first time on Wednesday that hundreds of its soldiers had joined Libyan rebel forces on the ground as they battled troops of veteran leader Moammar Gadhafi.

"We were among them and the numbers of Qataris on ground were hundreds in every region," said Qatari chief of staff Major General Hamad bin Ali al-Atiya.

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