Three Britons die in legionnaires outbreak at Spanish resort

Three British holidaymakers have died in an outbreak of legionnaires disease at a hotel in the Spanish resort of Calpe.The three unnamed Britons, aged between 73 and 78, were among more than 20 people to have contracted the disease at the Diamante Beach hotel.The deaths were confirmed over the last 24 hours, almost three weeks […]

Libya rebels claim Roman city of Sabratha from regime

It is one of Libya’s most extraordinary tourist attractions. The 2,000-year-old Roman city of Sabratha is one of the most perfectly preserved from the ancient world. It has temples, a forum, and a stunning theatre looking down on the turquoise Mediterranean with its softly lapping waves.On Friday a small platoon of opposition fighters officially liberated […]

CW 5 Johnson supports 63rd BSB during Connelly Competition

LAS VEGAS – Chief Warrant Officer 5 Raymond Johnson, 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command command warrant officer, supported the 63rd Brigade Support Battalion during the 47th Annual Phillip A. Connelly Awards Program at the U.S. Army Reserve Center on Nellis Air Force Base July 9.Not only did the 63rd BSB compete in the Connelly Awards Program, […]

Jacob Zuma says it is not right for women to remain unmarried

Jacob Zuma, the South African president, has provoked anger by claiming that it is “not right” for women to be single and that children are important to give them “extra training”.A traditional Zulu polygamist with four wives and around 20 children, Zuma has a history of making controversial remarks about gender and sexuality. He was […]

Army Reserve Command hosts German Day of Remembrance Ceremony

FORT DOUGLAS, Utah – The 76th Operational Response Command hosted this years’ annual German Day of Remembrance during a ceremony held 17 Nov. at Fort Douglas Cemetery.The German Day of Remembrance has been held every year in Utah since 1977. This is the first year in the recent history that the German Day of Remembrance […]

Pass notes, No 2,994: Che Guevara

Age: 83 years (39 of them alive).Appearance: Bloody everywhere.Not him again. Yes, him again. Argentinian rugby player, doctor, writer, soldier, politician, freelance revolutionary, beret model and father of five, Ernesto “Che” Guevara. The coolest man ever to not quite grow a beard.You forgot “self-starter”. Thanks. Anyway, he’s got a new book out.Recipes for busy parents? […]

Stasi file details plans for riot during 1988 Michael Jackson concert

Michael Jackson used to urge his fans to “live life off the wall”. But was he also responsible for bringing it down?That intriguing possibility was raised today after the appearance of an East German secret police file detailing how Jackson’s fans planned to riot at a concert which the authorities feared had the potential to […]

Broken news: how to get through a major cable TV news event

The marathon coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing has set into motion the all-too-familiar. When something awful happens, the human impulse is get informed instantly. That often means rushing to a TV and gaping at the unfolding drama. It’s an understandable reflex, but usually, a self-defeating one, like scratching a sore or drinking sea water.It […]

Syria’s first lady has a UK passport – that doesn’t make her good

Asma al-Assad, or her office, seems to have unfortunate timing. As the death toll rose in Homs yesterday, due to aerial bombardment, Asma declared that she was fully behind her husband. In addition, the Times says she “appeared to offer full support to her husband and his security forces to crush the opposition, but also […]

Vienna Aids conference: Katine’s perspective

As the global economic crisis threatens to undermine government spending across the world, this week’s international HIV/Aids conference in Vienna, Austria, offers a chance to underline the importance of continued state investment in HIV/Aids prevention to promote broader health and development goals.Policy-makers, people living with HIV/Aids and those working to end the pandemic are meeting […]

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