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Obama signs Iran sanctions into law

US President Barack Obama Saturday signed into law tough new sanctions targeting Iran’s central bank and financial sector, in a move likely to deepen acrimony between Washington and Tehran. The measures, meant to punish the Islamic Republic for its nuclear program, were contained in a $662 billion defense bill, which…

Ultra-Orthodox Jews wear Holocaust garb at religious protest

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews, some wearing yellow stars or the uniforms of Holocaust death camp inmates, demonstrated Saturday against what they called media attacks against them over their efforts to segregate the sexes in public. The bearded men and young boys in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood were ostensibly gathered…

Huge wildfire ravages Patagonia

Chilean firefighters on Saturday tried to contain a massive wildfire that has ravaged tens of thousands of acres of pristine Patagonia and forced authorities to close a popular national park. High winds fanned the blaze at the Torres del Paine National Park, a 2,400-square-kilometer (927-square-mile) paradise of mountains, glaciers, natural…

A year in Raw: Our 10 most popular news stories of 2011

It’s been a long year for the staff at Raw Story. The 12 months of 2011 have brought us many highs, many lows, many what-the-hell moments and plenty of surprises. In the spirit of looking back, as so many of us do each year before the dawning of the next,…

FDA approves pneumonia vaccine for adults

(Reuters) – U.S. health regulators approved the expansion of Pfizer Inc’s blockbuster Prevnar vaccine for use in adults 50 and older to fight pneumonia, meningitis and other diseases cause by pneumococcus bacteria. Prevnar 13 is designed to fight 13 forms of a bacterium called Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus. Pneumonia caused…

Palestinians to seek UN, Arab league talks on settlement

Palestinian leaders decided on Saturday to seek sessions of the UN Security Council and the Arab League, hoping for action to halt Israeli settlement. A statement by the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation said continued settlement growth in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem was liable “to…

Best (Worst?) Sex Lies of 2011

Well, my plans to blog some of the best of 2011 totally fell apart, and for that I apologize. I thought I would make it up to you by compiling a list of some of my favorite (or most disturbing) moments in sexual misinformation. These are some of the strangest,…

‘Year in Race’: 90-second film recaps 2011′s infamous stories on race

Twelve months now having passed since the year 2011 dawned, lots of media outlets are looking back on the tumultious trail left behind. Colorlines.com is no exception. In what amounts to a rather compelling trailer for their website, Color Lines produced a 90-second short film recapping the most important race-related…

Karzai welcomes Biden’s ‘Taliban not our enemy’ remarks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday welcomed US Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks that the Taliban “per se is not our enemy”. Biden’s comments to Newsweek magazine last week caused uproar in the US, which has been fighting a 10-year war against the Taliban-led insurgency, but reflected an increasing focus…

LA cars, homes ablaze in massive arson spree

Police in Los Angeles, with help from federal investigators, were searching Saturday for one or more suspects said to have set more than 30 vehicle fires in one of the worst arson sprees in city history. Fire officials said they have responded to some 30 fires, including 13 cases of…

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