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Britain prepares to mark queen’s official 90th birthday

LONDON — Bells rang in celebration from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London Friday to mark the start of the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

The queen’s milestone birthday is being marked with a three-day series of festivities that will include solemn religious events and street parties in many towns and cities.

Pakistani woman burns daughter alive for marrying for love

LAHORE, Pakistan — A Pakistani woman was arrested Wednesday after dousing her daughter with kerosene and burning her alive, allegedly because the girl had defied her family to marry a man she was in love with, police said.

Police official Sheikh Hammad said the killing took place in the eastern city of Lahore, the country’s cultural hub, and that the mother was arrested the same day.

Reindeer herders in Finland launch app to reduce road kills

HELSINKI — In efforts to cut road kill, Finnish reindeer herders have painted Rudolph’s antlers in fluorescent colours, hung reflectors round their necks and even used movable traffic signs.

They’ve not been successful, so they’re turning to drivers with a reindeer warning app hoping it will reduce the annual 4,000 reindeer road deaths.

Woman breaks silence among Fukushima thyroid cancer patients

KORIYAMA, Japan — She’s 21, has thyroid cancer, and wants people in her prefecture in northeastern Japan to get screened for it. That statement might not seem provocative, but her prefecture is Fukushima, and of the 173 young people with confirmed or suspected cases since the 2011 nuclear meltdowns there, she is the first to speak out.

Obama administration rushing to shrink ranks at Guantanamo

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is running out of time and options to close the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, so officials are scrambling to release as many prisoners as possible and considering novel legal strategies that include allowing some men to strike plea deals by video-teleconference.