A British newspaper on Wednesday published emails it claims were sent by Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife, allegedly revealing the couple’s lifestyle.
The messages believed to have been sent to and from the accounts document the couple's opulent lifestyle.Full Story
A rare Cuban crocodile was named ambassador for the environment at Rome's zoo on Wednesday, days before the sharp-toothed creature and Pope Benedict XVI travel to Cuba.
In a colorful ceremony in front of children waving Cuban, Italian and Vatican flags, the head of Rome's Bio Park zoo, Paolo Giuntarelli, said the 60 centimeter (two foot) croc was also the ambassador "of peace and solidarity".Full Story
Prince William and Kate Middleton will stay married, but don't necessarily bet on Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes managing the same thing -- not according to an updated celebrity marriage formula.
Created in 2006 by scientist Garth Sudem, the Sundem/Tierney Unified Celebrity Theory is surprisingly accurate, the New York Times reported Tuesday.Full Story
Jocko Besne, father of hundreds of thousands of the world's most productive dairy cattle, has died in France of natural causes aged 27, the farming cooperative which raised him said.
Jocko was the sire -- literally in at least 161,888 and perhaps as many as 400,000 cases -- of the Prim'Holstein race of cattle, the main French strain of the black and white Holstein or Friesian breed of milk-producing cows.Full Story
Street lights have been turned off in a Sicilian town after local authorities failed to pay a million-euro bill for power supplies, Italian news websites reported on Tuesday.
Local residents of Monreale near Palermo -- a popular tourist destination because of its famous Norman cathedral -- have been forced to use flashlights in the evenings and some are warning of the risk of a spike in crime.Full Story
A woman accused of stabbing her 6-year-old daughter to death with scissors told police she had been taking a weight-loss product, had trouble sleeping for several days and felt an "evil" presence before the attack.
"Did I kill my daughter? Is she dead?'" Danielle Yvonne Slaughter asked police after police found her on Sunday, naked, bloody and running barefoot through Las Vegas, according to court documents released Tuesday.Full Story
Police recently cited a city club for allowing violent mosh pit dancing and vowed a crackdown on what they called "dangerous behavior" and a "public safety hazard."
The Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/wNguyU) reports that police cited the House of Blues for a license violation because of a mosh pit that broke out during a Feb. 21 show by Flogging Molly.Full Story
Two boys trying to smoke cigarettes started a blaze which destroyed parts of a 14th century castle in eastern Slovakia at the weekend, police said Tuesday.
"Two boys, aged 11 and 12, were trying to light up a cigarette and because of their careless use of matches the grass at the castle hill caught fire," police spokeswoman Jana Mesarova said.Full Story
Communists mourned Tuesday as developers moved in to demolish a bathhouse in the northwestern Russian city of Saint Petersburg which Lenin is said to have frequented.
The Communists of Petersburg and the Leningrad Region called for an investigation after developers bulldozed the 19th-century Udelniye bathhouse where the Bolshevik leader soaped up on the eve of the 1917 revolution.Full Story
As Myanmar opens up to the world, one cooking school is giving wannabe chefs a chance to shine in the bustling kitchens of Yangon as the city prepares for an influx of foreign visitors.
Trainees at the Shwe Sa Bwe, or "Golden Table", cookery school are learning how to whip up a gazpacho soup, flip crepes and perfectly grill juicy chunks of chicken -- all on the menu du jour for paying guests.Full Story