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Morrissey wins annual 'Literary Review Bad Sex' award

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:25 PM

LONDON (AP) — Maybe he should have stuck to writing songs — former Smiths frontman and lyricist Morrissey has won the annual award for the poorest quality writing about sex.

The award that writers don't want to get was given on Tuesday at a gala ceremony in central London.

The prize was given for Morrissey's first novel, "List of the Lost." The judges cited a scene between relay runner Ezra and his girlfriend Eliza in which the couple "rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation."

Italy urges quicker refugee relocations across Europe

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:20 PM

ROME (AP) — The latest news as tens of thousands of people slip into Europe and head to wealthy European Union countries in search of a better life. All times local.

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Italy hopes the slow pace of relocating asylum-seekers to other European Union countries will quicken.

In massive stranding, 337 whales beached on Chilean coast

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:19 PM

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The coast of southern Chile has become a grave for 337 sei whales that were found beached in what scientists say is one of the biggest whale strandings ever recorded.

Biologist Vreni Haussermann told The Associated Press Tuesday that she made the discovery along with other scientists in June during an observation flight over fjords in Chile's southern Patagonia region.

The team has been collecting samples since then. She declined to disclose the conclusions, which will be published by a scientific journal later this year.

Polish government to pay families to have more children

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:18 PM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new government has approved a program of family bonuses that is intended to reverse the declining birth rate.

The government of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on Tuesday approved a program under which families will get monthly bonuses of 500 zlotys ($124) for every child beyond the first. The poorest families will be receiving bonuses for all children.

Tunisian security minister fired after IS-claimed attacks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 03:09 PM

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid has dismissed the country's security minister after an Islamic State-claimed suicide bombing killed 12 members of the presidential guard last week.

Secretary of State for Security Affairs Rafik Chelly lost his job Tuesday after the third bombing claimed by IS this year, following deadly attacks at the Bardo Museum in Tunis and in the resort of Sousse.

A government statement didn't specify a reason for Chelly's dismissal, merely noting that he is being "called to other duties."

UN experts: Up to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Libya

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 02:59 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say the Islamic State group has between 2,000 and 3,000 fighters in Libya and intends to control more territory in the strategically located North African country.

But those experts stressed in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Tuesday that IS is only one player among multiple warring factions.

Israel to begin enlisting HIV-positive soldiers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 02:20 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says it will begin enlisting soldiers who are HIV-positive.

Col. Moshe Pinkert, the head of the military's medical services department, said Tuesday the decision was made following developments in the treatment of the virus that causes AIDS. He calls it an important step in efforts to reduce stigma in Israeli society.

European Space Agency delays launch of gravity probe

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 02:05 PM

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency is postponing the launch of probe that will test technology for a future mission to measure gravitational waves.

The agency said Tuesday that a technical problem has been discovered in the Vega rocket that was due to lift the probe into orbit Wednesday. Engineers are working on fixing the problem and the launch from French Guiana may take place Thursday.

Argentina's ex-president Menem sentenced for embezzlement

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 01:55 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A court in Argentina has sentenced former President Carlos Menem to four and half years in prison for embezzlement.

The official judicial news agency said Tuesday that the local court also sentenced former Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo to three years and six months for his role in illegal payments to staffers authorized by Menem during his presidency.

Gunmen abduct Tunisian Red Cross worker in Yemen's capital

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 01:48 PM

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross says unidentified gunmen in Yemen's capital kidnapped a Tunisian woman working for the group.

Spokeswoman Rima Kamal says the Tunisian woman and a male Yemeni colleague were on their way to work in Sanaa on Tuesday morning when they were stopped by the gunmen. Kamal says the kidnappers released the Yemeni man hours later.

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