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Syria marks deadliest month with 6,000 deaths

The month of March was the deadliest in Syria’s two-year conflict, with more than 6,000 people killed, a monitoring group said on Monday. “At least 6,005 people were killed in March. A total of 2,080 were civilians, among them 298 children aged under 16. Another 291 fatalities were women,” said…

Study maps sea turtle deaths

Sea turtles can get accidentally caught and killed in fishing operations, and new research out Monday seeks to map this phenomenon for the first time in a bid to save the endangered creatures. The study in the journal Ecosphere said sea turtles in the East Pacific, North Atlantic, Southwest Atlantic…

Sen. Cruz: Medicaid expansion will put ‘violent criminals’ back on Texas streets

Speaking just before a Monday morning press conference with Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a tea party favorite, told a Texas radio host that accepting nearly $90 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid will ultimately force the state to release…

Stephen Colbert asks ‘Hobbit’ director nerdiest question ever

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert was (mostly) out of character but fully in geek mode for his appearance in a video preview for “The Desolation of Smaug,” the second part of director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel The Hobbit. Colbert, whose devotion to Tolkien’s works led him…

Child protester yells for homosexuals to die outside of pro-LGBT church on Easter

A child in North Carolina spent part of his Easter Sunday morning protesting outside a Winston-Salem church that has vowed not to host any wedding ceremonies until same sex marriage is legalized. Kelly Carpenter, the pastor of Green Street United Methodist Church, said last month that no weddings were being…

Mandela spent part of the day with family at hospital

Nelson Mandela spent part of Monday with his family at his hospital bedside, the South African government said, adding that there was no “significant change in his condition”. “He spent part of Family Day today with some members of his family,” the presidency said in a statement in its first…

Greece to begin privatizing rail system in June

Greece will in June launch a tender to privatise the national rail operator Trainose, officials said on Monday, with the aim of finding a buyer by early 2014 to keep international credits flowing. “The privatisation of Trainose is now on track,” Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis said in a statement. “The…

Lawyer: Suspected Basque separatist leader received ‘shameful’ treatment before death

The lawyer for the late suspected leader of Basque separatist group ETA said Monday she planned to lodge a complaint over his “shameful” hospital treatment in Paris ahead of his death at the weekend. Javier Lopez Pena, who used the alias Thierry, died at the age of 54 in a…

Laughing Chris Brown is ‘absolutely’ sure he won’t punch Rihanna in the face again

Singer Chris Brown on Monday told NBC host Matt Lauer that he was “absolutely” sure that he would never physically assault Rihanna again. On the way home from a pre-Grammy’s party in 2009, an argument between the two singers had turned into a a violent assault on Rihanna. A photo…

Iranian dairy company unveils five-ton ice cream tub to break world record

An Iranian dairy company unveiled a five-ton tub of chocolate ice cream in Tehran on Monday in a bid to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. The company, Choopan, put the giant tub, which is more than two metres (6.5 feet) wide and 1.60 metres (5.2 feet)…

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