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New study highlights precarious state of the world’s primary forests

An estimated 95 percent of the primary forests that existed prior to the advent of…

39 kilotons a year: Mysterious source of ozone-depleting chemical banned since 2009 baffles NASA

A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in…

Medically-assisted ‘suicide tourism’ to Switzerland on the rise

A total of 172 “suicide tourists” travelled to Switzerland in 2012, double the 2009 number,…

Ancient scourge? Myanmar still sees 3,000 new leprosy cases a year

High in the hills of Myanmar’s war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among…

Tech News

New app allows you to shop in a way that reflects your politics

Everyone is talking about the new study by Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluding that…

Despite lip service, Silicon Valley venture capital still a man’s world

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay,…

Media

Disney brings the force to the Star Wars franchise with free mobile game, TV show push

By Ronald Grover and Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co is ramping…

Shakira hit song ‘Loca’ a copy of 1998 song written by Dominican musician: judge

Colombian pop star Shakira’s 2010 hit song “Loca” is an illegal copy of a tune…

U.S. News

SeaWorld drops appeal in safety ruling over dead orca trainer

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – SeaWorld Entertainment has ended its appeal of a…

‘Nothing to do with patient safety’: Ohio clinic to halt surgical abortions due to 2013 state law

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A suburban Cincinnati clinic will stop performing surgical abortions…

Police interest in wearable cameras spikes after Ferguson shooting

By Mridhula Raghavan (Reuters) – Digital Ally Inc has been busy fielding a rush of…

Alabama federal judge ‘very embarrassed’ after being charged with wife-beating

(Reuters) – An Alabama federal district court judge charged with beating his wife has sought…

Illinois cop fired for sex assault on underage family member after year-long investigation

A police lieutenant in Grant Park, Illinois was fired on Tuesday after a year-long investigation…

World

US accuses Israel of targeting relatives of kidnapped and murdered Palestinian 16-year-old

The United States on Wednesday charged Israel had targeted members of a Palestinian family whose teenaged son was kidnapped and…

Liberia’s Ebola clampdown turns violent as local official and her family are evacuated

Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on…

Three top Hamas commanders and four children among 15 dead in Israeli strike on Gaza

Three senior Hamas commanders and four children were among at least 15 Palestinians killed in Gaza Thursday as Israel stepped…

Pakistani lawmakers meet with protestors pushing to force PM Sharif from office

Islamabad (AFP) – Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters on Wednesday, but talks ended for the day with…

German minister accuses Qatar of funding Islamic State fighters

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized…

Islamic State jihadists are ‘worse than Saddam,’ Iraqi Kurd commander says

Jihadists targeting minorities are “worse than Saddam”, a Kurdish commander says, standing near a sand barrier at a front line…

Hamas leader Mohammed Deif ‘deserves to die’: Israeli minister

An Israeli cabinet minister on Wednesday justified an air strike on Gaza that killed the wife and child of Hamas…

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