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Pakistan’s bin Laden report blames ‘incompetence’ for letting terrorist slip by

Institutional failures across the board and “gross incompetence” in the military led to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden slipping past Pakistani authorities and allowed the U.S. to carry out an “act of war” against the country, a government report released Monday by Al Jazeera English claims. The Abbottabad Commission’s findings suggest…

Bangladesh vows to improve factory workers’ rights and conditions

Bangladesh vowed Monday to improve workers’ rights and factory safety in the wake of a deadly garment factory collapse amid warnings that EU trade benefits might suffer if it does not make enough progress. The Bangladeshi government aims to ensure the Asian nation is home to a garment industry, “where…

Rick Perry not running for 4th term, will ‘pray’ about future plans

Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced on Monday that he would not run for a fourth term, but vowed to pass an abortion ban before leaving office. At an event in San Antonio, the governor quoted Ecclesiastes 3: “For everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”…

Facebook begins rolling out ‘graph search’ feature

Facebook on Monday began rolling out a tool for US English language users to mine the social network’s trove of experiences for anything from restaurant choices to photos of far-off places. Facebook said that a “graph search” feature that it has tested since early this year is making a broader…

Turkish riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas into demonstrators

Turkish riot police on Monday fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to block demonstrators from entering a small Istanbul park, the birthplace of deadly unrest that engulfed the country last month. Police moved after Turkish authorities reopened Gezi Park to public use earlier in the day. “Four people…

New York man electrocutes himself urinating on subway rail

A 30-year-old man died from electrocution early Monday morning while urinating on the subway tracks in a Brooklyn, New York subway station, the New York Post reported. Police said the victim, Matthew Zeno, and a friend walked onto the tracks while looking for a place to relieve themselves around 3…

Egyptian sumo wrestler ready to fight during Ramadan

TOKYO, Japan — The Arab world’s first professional sumo wrestler says fasting for Ramadan will give him courage during his inaugural tournament in the famously weighty elite ranks of the sport. Egyptian Osunaarashi (Great Sandstorm) believes observing the Muslim holy month, which begins Tuesday, will boost his performance, despite not…

Italian mayor turns into Mr. Fix-It to save money in town budget

An Italian mayor and his council members have decided to fight the economic crisis proactively, picking up paintbrushes and re-painting the walls of their offices themselves to spare the town budget. They worked overtime and even chipped in for the material themselves. “The idea spread quickly and all the employees…

Muslim Brotherhood call to ‘uprising’ marks a dangerous turn in Egypt

A Muslim Brotherhood call for an uprising in response to a “massacre” of its supporters after the military’s ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi could mark a bloody new stage in the turmoil rocking Egypt, analysts warn. At dawn on Monday, after days of deadly violence and rising tensions between…

Scientists: Earthworm poop contains detailed climate record

Scientists announced a new discovery about earthworms this week, saying the tiny calcite granules found in their excrement actually contain a detailed record of Earth’s climate history. In a study published Monday in the journal Geochimica et Cosmchimica Acta, researchers from the University of Reading and the University of York…

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