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Beef’s environmental costs far outweigh poultry and pork

Beef is by far the most costly protein when it comes to the environmental damage wreaked by feeding and raising cattle, according to a study out Monday. Beef requires 28 times more land than the average total needed to produce either dairy, eggs, poultry or pork, said the research in…

FBI pressured Muslims into committing terrorist acts, then arrested them: report

The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday. “Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted…

India police beat back protesters of alleged child rape

Indian police beat back angry protesters who attempted to storm the premises of a top Bangalore school where a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped, an officer said Monday. Several hundred activists from a student group gathered outside the school in the southern city to demand action against management whom they…

Mother of U.S. Marine jailed in Iran pleads for her son as nuclear talks are extended

The mother of a former US Marine imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges pleaded for President Barack Obama to seek his release, as the rival nations seek a historic nuclear deal. In a letter released just as the United States, Iran and five other powers late Friday agreed to extend…

Russia blacklists U.S. soldiers for Guantanamo ‘torture’

Russia on Saturday banned entry to 12 US soldiers and officials including the military commander at Guantanamo, accusing them of torture, in an apparent tit-for-tat response to new sanctions by Washington. Included on the list published by the Russian foreign ministry is a judge who denied a Guantanamo-based prisoner’s request…

John Kerry caught on hot mic criticizing Israel: It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation

US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to criticize Israel in candid remarks caught on an open microphone between television interviews Sunday. Kerry was heard talking about Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza to a State Department official identified as Jonathan Finer just before appearing on the “Fox News Sunday” political…

Iran complying with nuclear deal: UN watchdog

Iran has diluted its entire stock of medium-enriched uranium as required under a November deal with world powers, the UN atomic agency said in its latest report seen by AFP Monday. Even as talks to reach a nuclear deal with Iran were extended beyond an initial July 20 deadline, the…

Republicans urge tougher Russia sanctions after MH17 crash

US Republican lawmakers urged tougher sanctions on Moscow Sunday after a Malaysian jet crash in Ukraine was blamed on Russian-backed separatists, with one congressman even bringing the World Cup into play. Referring to Thursday’s disaster as a game-changer, the lawmakers also took President Barack Obama to task for what they…

In Gaza, whatever the target, children often the victims

Ten-year-old Afnan Shuheiber was playing on a Gaza City rooftop with her cousins when she became one of at least 73 children killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip. The spiralling number of children killed in the latest conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza has…

Looting and tear gas in Paris as protestors riot over Israeli offensive in Gaza

A French rally against the deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza once again descended into chaos Sunday as protesters looted shops and riot police lobbed tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds. The demonstration in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles is the third to have deteriorated in the space…

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