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Dutch roll out ‘cannabis card’ to stop pot tourists

Keen to stub out an era of dope tourism, the Netherlands on Tuesday starts restricting cannabis sales in the country’s south to residents only, despite opposition from pro-pot lobby groups. Famous for decades for its laid-back attitude to marijuana, the Netherlands will now require so-called coffee shops in some regions to only sell to…

Congress under the gun as ‘fiscal cliff’ looms

The United States is rushing toward a fiscal cliff that could kill the recovery, thrust the world deeper into crisis and “hollow out” the US military, yet there is doubt lawmakers can veer away from the ledge. For once, the problem is too little US government spending, not too much. At…

Microsoft counts on allies in mistimed tablet market

Microsoft is counting on friends to make it a hit later this year when it crashes a tablet computer party at which Apple has been the star ever since the launch of the iPad. The US software colossus turned a draining patent lawsuit withBarnes & Noble into a mutually beneficial alliance that could make…

Seven held over ‘drug and terror network’ in U.S. and U.K. probe

Anti-terror police in Britain arrested seven people Tuesday over the financing of overseas terrorism as part of a probe with US authorities into a network suspected of exporting the stimulant drug khat. Early-morning raids at home addresses in London, Cardiff and Coventry led to the arrests of six men and one woman in…

Rupert Murdoch ruled ‘unfit’ to run global company

Rupert Murdoch showed “wilful blindness” over phone hacking at his News of the World tabloid and is unfit to run a majorinternational company, MPs said in a long-awaited report Tuesday. The 81-year-old tycoon’s British newspaper wing, News International, also misled parliament during its inquiry into the scandal at the tabloid, which Murdoch closed down…

MN Governor Mark Dayton is the Man: Another One (Anti-Abortion Bill) Bites the Dust!

Fuck yeah!  This is what I’m talking about – Governor Mark Dayton vetoes another anti-abortion bill. ::throws confetti in the air:: In doing so, he noted that telemedicine is safe and that only about fifty women a year take RU-486 in that manner, anyway.  As I said in my post…

Lady Gaga teacup hits $50,000 and rising in Japan

TOKYO — Fans bidding in a charity online auction to buy a teacup used once by pop diva Lady Gaga had offered more than four million yen ($50,000) by Tuesday, with five days left before the hammer falls. The china cup and saucer set was used by the star at…

Clinton heads to China as dissident case looms

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to China as US officials raced to find a solution to a sensitive row over a top dissident reportedly holed up at the US embassy in Beijing. Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had long planned to go to Beijing for…

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