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Canadian Police Find Severed Human Head and Foot in Park Near Toronto

Police have little information about discovery that comes a month after a human head was found in a Montreal park.

A severed human head and foot have been discovered in a park near Toronto, police in Canada said Thursday.

Peel police acting inspector Randy Cowan said officers discovered the head Thursday morning in the Credit river in Mississauga.

Cowan said it's not clear whether the foot belongs to a man or a woman, but investigators believe it was severed in recent weeks. Police have not said if the foot and head are from the same person.

"Without a cause of death we can't call it homicide, but certainly foul play, there's definitely something amiss," said Cowan.

The right foot was found in the Credit river near the Hewick Meadows Park by hikers and the police marine unit found the head later Thursday.


Air France asks passengers to 'chip in for fuel' after flight stranded in Damascus

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Passengers on Air France, who were on a flight that was diverted from Beirut and landed instead in Damascus, were asked to chip in money and help pay for refueling the plane.

"We went down in Syria where there were lots of soldiers. We thought there were some problems and that there was no money to pay for the fuel," News.com.au quoted Najib, who was a passenger on the flight, as saying.

"They asked if the passengers could contribute for the refueling," he added.

Najib claimed that the flight from Paris was diverted to Damascus because of tensions in Beirut and then flew on to Larnaca.

"There were some negotiations going on to buy fuel because Air France doesn't fly to Damascus at the moment," another passenger said.


ebay Bans Sales of Supernatural Items: Magic Spells, Potions, Hexes

Los Angeles - Making a profit on the occult arts? Cultivating a loyal customer base for potions, magic spells and psychic readings? Not on eBay (EBAY), you're not.

In its 2012 Fall Seller Update, the online marketplace said it was banning all sales of supernatural goods and services, exiling its witchy and wizardly clientele to the wilds of Craigslist and other Web-based Diagon Alleys.

Among the prohibited items: "advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic services; prayers; blessings; Psychic, Tarot, Reiki, and other metaphysical readings & services; magic potions; healing sessions."

EBay representatives did not immediately respond to questions as to why Harry Potter wannabes were no longer welcome or whether they contributed substantially to eBay transactions.

But beginning Aug. 30, attempts to list such enchantments for sale will be blocked, according to the website.

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'Zombie Parade' Banned in Siberia

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Authorities in the Siberian city of Omsk ban have reversed their decision and decided to ban a 'Zombie Parade' after criticism from the Orthodox Church and other public organizations.

The organizer of the youth event Mikhail Yakovlev, said the city administration named three reasons for their decision.

"Firstly, I supposedly failed to notify them in time. Secondly, I did not submit a program of the event. I did both things, though. But the third reason is most shocking: they said the Zombie Parade contradicts the Russian Constitution and the Human Rights Declaration," he told Metromsk news portal.

However, in a private conversation with an employee of Omsk's district administration, Yakovlev found out that the 'raising of the dead' was frowned on by a number of organizations, including the local Orthodox Church and the Muslim Community.

"The' Zombie Parade' bears no ideological or protest meaning: it is simply an entertainment for youngsters," Yakovlev told RIA Novosti.The event - which was planned for August 19 - was officially announced as a costume exhibition. About a hundred people - disguised as zombies and smeared with artificial blood - were to march through Omsk's central street and then have a photo shoot.


Russian Activists Sue Madonna for $10m in 'Moral Damages'

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Pop singer Madonna performs at the Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex in St. Petersburg.
The pro-Kremlin group Trade Union of Russian Citizens is taking US pop icon Madonna to court for blasphemy, and for damaging the cultural foundations of St. Petersburg, where she held her latest concert in Russia.

The activists will sue the singer on August 17 in the Moskovsky District Court in St. Petersburg, they said. They are seeking compensation of 333 million roubles (over $10 million) from Madonna, and from the company that organized the concert.

"She insulted the believers' feelings, she promoted homosexuality when there were children at the concert and this is forbidden in St Petersburg. We, the residents of the cultural capital, suffered a colossal moral damage," union spokesperson Darya Dedova told the press.

The activists plan to demonstrate video records of Madonna stepping on the Russian Orthodox Cross and asking the public to raise their hands with pink bracelets, supposedly a sign of solidarity with the LGBT community, Dedova said.


At Least 18 Killed as South African Police Open Fire on Thousands of Striking Miners

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A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012.
At least 18 bodies were seen lying bloody and motionless on the ground after local police opened fire on striking miners, a South African news agency reports. Some of the protesters were allegedly armed with machetes and spears.

­The incident is believed to have occurred after police, in the process of laying down barricades of barbed wire, were outflanked by a crowd of 3,000 demonstrators.

Nine people had been killed prior to Thursday's clashes in a spate of protest in the mining town, located northwest of Johannesburg. The platinum mine, owned by Lonmin PLC, has been the focal point of protests over wage disputes since last Friday.

Fighting intensified over the weekend when two police officers were killed. Striking workers and local security guards have also been caught up in the violence.

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US Army Suicides Doubled in July

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Suicides among active-duty soldiers in July more than doubled from June, accelerating a trend throughout the military this year that has prompted Pentagon leaders to redouble efforts to solve this problem.

The Army, which is the only branch of the military that issues monthly press statements on suicides, said 26 active-duty soldiers killed themselves in July, compared to 12 in June. The July total was the highest for any month since the Army began keeping such statistics, according to Lt. Col. Lisa Garcia, an Army spokeswoman.

The Marine Corps had eight suicides in July, up from six in June. The July figure was its highest monthly total of 2012 and pushed its total for the year so far to 32 - equal to the Marines' total for all of 2011.

The Air Force said it had six in July, compared to two in June. The Navy had four in July but its June figure was not immediately available.


Federal Air Marshals Face Assault Charges after Drunken Bar Fight in Grand Rapids


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At least one, possibly two federal air marshals are reportedly facing assault charges in Kent County following a drunken bar fight in downtown Grand Rapids earlier this summer.

Matthew Carl Davids of Manchester, Mich., whom WZZM 13 reports is a five-year veteran of the Transportation Security Agency, is awaiting arraignment on misdemeanor assault charges in 61st District Court in Grand Rapids.

Court records show that Davids, 34, turned himself into authorities on Aug. 6 and posted bond the same day, following a Grand Rapids Police investigation into a late night drunken brawl on June 6 at the corner of Ionia Ave and Weston Street SW.

The fight happened at 2:15 a.m. and a victim who alleges he was kicked in the groin, said the incident happened when one of the marshals shoved a woman near a hot dog cart and then punched another man who tried to help her, reported WZZM.

The station reports that a second marshal, Jon Holdsworth, is also facing a similar assault charge, although no court records are immediately available on Holdsworth.

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Robin Hood: Spanish Mayor Stages Grocery Store Robberies to Feed the Poor


Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo (center), a Spanish mayor, has become a cult hero after stealing groceries and giving them to Spain's poor.
Madrid - A Spanish mayor who became a cult hero for staging robberies at supermarkets and giving stolen groceries to the poor sets off this week on a three-week march that could embarrass the government and energise anti-austerity campaigners.

Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, regional lawmaker and mayor of the town of Marinaleda - population 2,645 - in the southern region of Andalusia, said food stolen last week in the robberies went to families hit hardest by Spain's economic crisis.

Seven people have been arrested for participating in the two raids, in which labour unionists, cheered on by supporters, piled food into supermarket carts and walked out without paying while Sanchez Gordillo, 59, stood outside.

He has political immunity as an elected member of Andalusia's regional parliament, but says he would be happy to renounce it and be arrested himself.

"There are people who don't have enough to eat. In the 21st century, this is an absolute disgrace," he told Reuters this week in an interview in the Atocha train station in Madrid, tugging on his greying Fidel Castro-style beard.

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Israeli School Textbooks Brainwash Children into Hatred and Contempt of Palestinians and Arabs

At the height of Israel's brutal 2008-09 assault on the Gaza Strip, then-foreign minister Tzipi Livni claimed that "Palestinians teach their children to hate us and we teach love thy neighbor" (232).

The first part of this myth is propagated by people like US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and more recently Newt Gingrich, who both spread the baseless claim that Palestinian schoolbooks teach anti-Semitism. This calumny originated with anti-Palestinian propagandandists such as Israeli settler Itamar Marcus and his "Palestinian Media Watch."

In an important new book, Palestine in Israeli School Books, Israeli language and education professor Nurit Peled-Elhanan buries the second part of Livni's myth once and for all.

Peled-Elhanan examines 17 Israeli school textbooks on history, geography and civic studies. Her conclusions are an indictment of the Israeli system of indoctrination and its cultivation of anti-Arab racism from an early age: "The books studied here harness the past to the benefit of the ... Israeli policy of expansion, whether they were published during leftist or right-wing [education] ministries" (224).