Starling Droppings Rains Down on Rome

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_4687fdb9db.jpgGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images (ROME) -- When in Rome, carry an umbrella, say locals. The city is currently at war with an annual migration of starlings that shower the streets with feces -- and the humans are losing. In a recent report by Italian newspaper La Stampa, Lipu, the Bird Protection League, stated that the city council funds that are traditionally designated for discouraging the birds were delayed this year.

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Sunni Militant Group Was Behind Suicide Bombings in Beirut

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_5146ac9d82.jpgRatib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (BEIRUT) -- At least 23 people were killed and nearly 150 injured Tuesday after a double suicide bombing targeted the Iranian embassy in southern Beirut. According to numerous Lebanese media outlets, Iranian cultural attaché Ebrahim Ansari was among the dead.  Other victims included Lebanese security guards and civilians.

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Rob Ford Blasts Toronto City Council for Stabbing 'Me in the Back'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_0dffc6be0e.jpgCarlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images (TORONTO) -- Hours after the Toronto City Council stripped Mayor Rob Ford of his remaining powers at a heated debate where he charged toward hecklers and knocked down a councilwoman, the mayor said his back-stabbing colleagues are guilty of the same issues that have jeopardized his mayoralty. "What happened today, that's dictatorship and it's all personal. They aren't talking about my record," Ford told ABC News on Monday.

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French Take Most Vacation, Feel Least Satisfied

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_590f4bbc14.jpgJeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- A new poll reveals that a striking number of vacation days went unused by Americans in the past year. According to Expedia's 2013 Vacation Deprivation survey, an opt-in online "analysis of vacation habits among 8,535 employed adults across 24 countries and five continents," Americans were afforded on average 14 days of vacation but only took 10.

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Prince Harry’s Trek to Antarctica Delayed

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_8fcb555111.jpgKarwai Tang/WireImage (NEW YORK) -- Prince Harry just departed for his 200-mile trek through Antarctica, and already he’s learned an important lesson when it comes to taking on ice, snow and sub-zero temperatures.  That is, there are some things that one cannot control. In this case, Prince Harry’s flight to Antarctica was delayed Monday thanks to poor weather conditions, leaving the 29-year-old royal and his teammates stuck in South Africa at least overnight.

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