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- Pentagon chief talks drones with Pakistan PM
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Monday that US drone strikes were "counter-productive" as Washington pushed for supply routes to Afghanistan to be kept open. In the first visit by a US defence secretary for nearly four years, Hagel flew from Kabul to Pakistan to meet the premier and the country's new army chief, General Raheel Sharif. Ties have been seriously strained over US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt as well as over sanctuaries for Afghan Taliban insurgents inside Pakistan's borders. Sharif "reaffirmed Pakistan's support for the Afghan peace and reconciliation process", a Pakistan government statement said after the talks.
- The Queen and I - For Mandela, it was "Elizabeth" not "Ma'am"
Not many men call Britain's Queen Elizabeth II "Elizabeth", much less dare to comment on her dress style or weight. Nelson Mandela was one of them. As global leaders gathered to pay homage this week to South Africa's anti-apartheid legend who died on Thursday, one former close aide recalled the cheeky lese majeste of a statesmen who charmed enemies, celebrities and ordinary people alike. "When he paid visits to Queen Elizabeth, it was always very entertaining to see their interaction, because he called her 'Elizabeth'...no one else in the world, I think, calls her 'Elizabeth'," Zelda la Grange, who was Mandela's personal assistant for more than a decade, told Reuters.
- Former 'X Factor' judge Tulisa to be charged in UK
LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors say they are charging singer and former U.K. "X Factor" judge Tulisa Contostavlos for allegedly helping supply cocaine to an undercover journalist.
- 3 Foods Linked with Depression
In the study, researchers looked at the eating habits of more than 40,000 women, who didn't have depression at the study's start. It's all too easy to grab a cola on-the-go, but the same study in Brain, Behavior and Immunity study indicated that soft drinks as part of a regular diet may also contribute to depression. Fast Food: People who eat fast food are 51 percent more likely to develop depression than those who don't, according to a 2012 study in the journal Public Health Nutrition. Keep in mind that eating a small portion of any one food is unlikely to raise depression risk, so don't worry if you've just eaten your first heaping bowl of pasta in ages, or had the very occasional fast food burger.
- New Miss France says proud of 'cosmopolitan' country
Dijon (France) (AFP) - Franco-Beninese student Flora Coquerel has said she is proud to represent a "cosmopolitan" country after being crowned the new Miss France in a lavish ceremony. Coquerel, a 19-year-old from Orleans, beat 33 other competitors to take the title in the nationally televised competition in Dijon on Saturday night. Her victory came amid concern over a series of racist incidents in France, including slurs against the country's top black politician, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who has been compared to a monkey several times in recent months. In her first post-pageant press conference, Coquerel suggested her victory was a evidence of France's acceptance of different backgrounds.
- Obama, Bush fly together to memorial for Mandela
By Steve Holland ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama brought former President George W. Bush with him to Africa on Monday to attend a memorial for Nelson Mandela in a high-profile show of American respect for the man who vanquished white-minority rule in South Africa. After a long flight from Washington, Obama is to speak on Tuesday at the memorial service in an 80,000-seat soccer stadium in Johannesburg, where more than 70 leaders from around the world will commemorate the life of Mandela, who died on Thursday at age 95. At his side will be his immediate predecessor, Bush, a Republican, as well as Democratic former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
- 152-year-old shipwreck found on Lake Huron
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The wreckage of a wooden steamship that sank 152 years ago in a storm on Lake Huron with no survivors has been found, a Michigan explorer said on Monday. What exactly happened to the Keystone State and its 33 occupants in a November 1861 voyage to Milwaukee from Detroit remains a mystery, said David Trotter, who found the wreck with his crew of explorers in July. In 2012, Trotter and his crew discovered the New York, a 283-foot steamer that also sank in Lake Huron in 1910. The Keystone State is one of more than 5,000 shipwrecks on the Great Lakes.
- 18 LA sheriff's deputies face federal charges
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal officials said 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies saw themselves as being "above the law" when they engaged in crimes that included beating inmates and jail visitors, falsifying reports, and trying to obstruct an FBI probe of the nation's largest jail system.