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Guyana suspends gold, diamond mining permits over pollution fears

GEORGETOWN — The South American country of Guyana said it had suspended the granting of new permits to mine for gold and diamonds in rivers because of concerns over widespread pollution. The move comes as prices for the yellow metal have soared on global markets. The ministry for natural resources…

Rove’s Crossroads GPS buys $25 million ad blitz to attack Obama on jobs

WASHINGTON — Crossroads GPS has purchased a $25 million ad blitz in nine battleground states to attack President Barack Obama’s record on jobs and the debt, the advocacy group supporting Republican Mitt Romney said Friday. The wave of advertisements, which roll out on July 10 and run through early August,…

U.S court orders Iran to pay $813 million for 1983 Beirut bombing

WASHINGTON — A US federal judge has ordered Iran to pay more than $813 million in damages and interest to the families of 241 US soldiers killed in the 1983 bombing of a Marine barracks in Lebanon. “After this opinion, this court will have issued over $8.8 billion in judgments…

Japan, Norway block attempt to give UN more power over whaling

By Shaun Tandon (AFP) PANAMA CITY — Japan, Norway and their allies blocked a bid Friday to give the United Nations a greater role in protecting whales, as sought by conservationists frustrated by deep polarization over whaling. The International Whaling Commission was closing its latest annual meeting marred by intense…

Justin Bieber ticketed for ‘driving like a maniac’

LOS ANGELES — Teen heartthrob singer Justin Bieber was pulled over and cited for speeding “like a maniac” to shake off paparazzi Friday near Los Angeles, police and a lawmaker who witnessed the incident said. A California Highway Patrol (CHP) spokesman said officers saw two vehicles speeding on the 101…

Human rights group attacks Thailand plan to deport pregnant migrant workers

Thai government proposals to deport pregnant migrant workers will heighten discrimination rather than boost the fight against human trafficking, Human Rights Watch said Friday. Thailand’s Labour Ministry recently proposed expelling migrant workers, believing they will receive better care in their own countries. The rights group said the measure was floated…

Romania votes to impeach president

Romania’s parliament voted Friday to impeach President Traian Basescu in a spiralling political crisis that has raised warnings in the West that the country’s democracy is under threat. A total of 258 lawmakers out of 432 voted in favour of the move against the centre-right Basescu, said Dan Radu Rusanu,…

Study: ‘Urban mining’ for precious metals in e-waste more fruitful than traditional mining

“Deposits” of gold in electronic waste are around 50 times richer than ore mined from the ground, according to figures put forward by recycling experts on Friday. The amount of precious metal junked in cellphones, laptop computers, PCs and other electronic goods is rising hugely but very little of it…

Higgs: It’s ‘nice to be right sometimes’

The British scientist who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle spoke Friday of his delight after researchers affirmed its existence, saying it was “nice to be right sometimes”. Professor Peter Higgs was making his first detailed public comments since researchers at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)…

U.S. economy adds 80,000 jobs in June, unemployment unchanged at 8.2 percent

The United States added a meager 80,000 jobs in June, the third month of weak job creation amid a sluggish economy, official data showed Friday. The unemployment rate was unchanged from May at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said. The private sector accounted for all of the jobs growth, creating…

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