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Virginia official: Non-Christian public prayer violates my rights ‘because I don’t believe that’

A group that lost its U.S. Supreme Court case over prayer at public meetings said recent comments by a Virginia elected official illustrate the risk of allowing such sectarian invocations. “The freedom of religion doesn’t mean that every religion has to be heard,” said Al Bedrosian, who sits on the…

John Oliver pits Bill Nye and 96 scientists against 3 climate change-denying ‘dudes’

Addressing a recently released report on climate change, John Oliver invited the ubiquitous Bill Nye the Science Guy on to Last Week Tonight to debate a generic climate change denier before adding more panel members to mathematically represent scientific consensus. Following clips of news anchors and President Barack Obama pointing…

Mine-clearers tackle deadly WWI legacy in France one hundred years later

At the foot of the Vosges mountain range in northeastern France, a key battleground during World War I, a mine-clearance team is cautiously inspecting a cylinder of rusted metal nestled in a stone case covered with mould and barbed wire. "Look at that……

Women are commonly exposed to 17 dangerous chemicals linked to breast cancer: study

Certain chemicals that are common in everyday life have been shown to cause breast cancer in lab rats and are likely to do the same in women, US researchers said Monday. The paper in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives lists……

Bryan Cranston: I could be in the ‘Breaking Bad’ prequel

At the premiere of his latest movie Godzilla, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston talked to us about the show's success and the upcoming prequel. Report by Andrea Lilly. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theshowbiz411 and follow us on Twitter……

Two Koreas in heated exchange over spy drone controversy

North Korea on Monday denounced South Korea's claim that Pyongyang sent a trio of spy drones across the border as a provocative "charade" organised by its "prostitute" president, Park Geun-Hye. South Korea's Defence Ministry said last week that an investigation……

Modi seeks crowning victory in India election climax

Voters headed to the polls on Monday in the climax of India's marathon election, with frontrunner Narendra Modi seeking a crowning victory in the holy city of Varanasi for his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party. Modi is standing in the famed pilgrimage……

Southern Ocean winds strongest in 1,000 years: study

Winds in the wild Southern Ocean are blowing at their strongest in a millennia as climate change shifts weather patterns, leaving Antarctica colder and Australia facing more droughts, a study showed Monday. Rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere……

One body, two faces: rare conjoined twins born in Sydney

An Australian couple have welcomed the birth of conjoined twins who have separate brains and identical faces but share a body, describing their girls as "little Aussie fighters", a report said Monday. Sydney couple Renee Young and Simon Howie learned……

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