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Watch: Anthony Weiner tries to sound ‘Jamaican’ during West Indian Day Parade

While New York City’s annual West Indian Day Parade drew many of the city’s mayoral candidates on Monday, Anthony Weiner seemed to want to go the extra mile in ingratiating himself with the voters. Video posted by the New York Daily News on Monday shows Weiner calling out, “Anybody here…

Kanye West performs at wedding of Kazakh dictator’s grandson

American hip hop superstar Kanye West was the surprise celebrity guest at the lavish wedding party this weekend in Almaty of the grandson of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakh media reports said Monday. Aisultan Nazarbayev celebrated his marriage to bride Alima Boranbayeva in a no expense spared party on Saturday…

U.S and Sweden unveil $25 million clean water farming grant

The US Agency for International Development and the Swedish government announced a $25 million grant program Monday to increase access to clean water for farming. The Securing Water for Food program is intended to fund innovators and help their businesses take root in countries where the technology is desperately needed.…

Japan shuts down nuclear reactor in preparation for inspection

One of Japan’s two remaining working nuclear reactors was taken offline Tuesday, with the other to be shut down later this month and no restarts in sight amid public hostility to nuclear power. Kansai Electric Power started reducing generating power at its Unit No. 3 at the Oi plant, Fukui…

Comedian Lee Camp: Supporting war in Syria makes believing in Scientology look sensible

Comedian and activist Lee Camp sounded off against the burgeoning campaign for a military strike against the Syrian government, likening it to buying into Scientology, which he described as the religion in which “Tom Cruise is the Virgin Mary and Will Smith is the Burning Bush.” “L. Ron Hubbard didn’t…

Mexican president defends ‘grand transformation’ amid teacher strikes and protests

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto defended his sweeping reform agenda on Monday, urging his countrymen to back the changes after protests against his planned energy and education overhauls. Pena Nieto used his first state of the union address to tout the “grand transformation” of Mexico that his administration has pushed…

Climate change will likely spare NYC from another Superstorm Sandy

Scientists predict stronger storms but say changing air patterns will prevent them from hitting U.S. east coast A recurrence of Superstorm Sandy – which barrelled head-on into the Atlantic coast, swamping New York City and large parts of New Jersey – is less likely under climate change, new research suggests.…

‘Sons of Anarchy’ star chosen to lead ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie adaptation

The film version of erotic best-seller “Fifty Shades of Grey” will star British actor Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the book’s author E L James said on Monday. The casting of the movie, to be directed by British filmmaker and artist Sam Taylor-Johnson of…

Oregon bakery that refused to serve same-sex couple closes shop

The Oregon cake shop that was investigated by state officials after refusing to fulfill an order by a lesbian couple has closed its doors, the Williamette Week reported. According to a Facebook post on Friday, Sweet Cakes by Melissa’s store in Gresham, Oregon closed as of Saturday, with owners Aaron…

Syria sought WMD material in Switzerland

Syria made multiple attempts to buy equipment in Switzerland that could have been used to make weapons of mass destruction, but officials blocked the sales, Swiss authorities said Monday. A total of 14 attempted purchases by Syria were turned down since 1998 by Switzerland’s export-control watchdog, the State Secretariat for…

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