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Researchers and lawmakers warn: Florida is ‘Ground Zero’ for sea level rise

Warm sunshine and sandy beaches make south Florida and its crown city, Miami, a haven for tourists, but the area is increasingly endangered by sea level rise, experts said Tuesday. During a special Senate hearing held in Miami Beach, Senator Bill Nelson described south Florida as “Ground Zero” for climate…

Vatican dismisses claim that John Paul II ignored Catholic sexual abuse

A much-loved pope will be declared a saint on Sunday but not everyone in the Catholic Church agrees. John Paul II also alienated many left-wing Catholics and has been blamed for hushing up child sex crimes. “Not all the people of God agree about canonisation,” the International Movement We Are…

Cow manure fertilizer can create deadly human superbugs, study finds

Cow manure, commonly used to fertilize vegetable crops, contains a high number of genes that can fuel resistance to antibiotics, a US study out Tuesday found. These genes come from the cows’ gut bacteria, and while none have yet been found in superbugs that are infecting humans, researchers said the…

Joe Biden pledges support for Ukraine’s pro-Western leaders

Vice President Joe Biden said the United States stood by Ukraine’s new pro-Western leaders Tuesday in the face of “humiliating threats” as Washington and Moscow traded blame over the crisis in the ex-Soviet country. “You face very daunting problems, and some might say, humiliating threats,” Biden told a group of…

North Korea may be close to fourth nuclear test, warns Seoul

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama. “Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around…

Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni war shrine on eve of Obama trip

Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honours the nation’s war dead, raising the stakes in an already tense region on the eve of US President Barack Obama’s visit. A cross-section of parliamentarians — including at least one cabinet minister — paid their respects…

Uganda captures Lord’s Resistance Army rebel officer and frees 10 hostages

Ugandan troops have captured a fugitive Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel officer and freed 10 hostages, the army said Tuesday, after battles with the elusive jungle insurgents. Charles Okello was captured in the southeast of the Central African Republic, army spokesman Paddy Ankunda told AFP, describing him as a field…

Unfortunately named town of ‘Kill Jews’ to vote on name change

It is a name that locals admit is not really fit for the modern age. And now the mayor of the small Spanish town of Castrillo Matajudios — which means Castrillo Kill Jews in English — has said residents will get the opportunity to vote on a name change. The…

Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers visit controversial war shrine

A group of nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine on Tuesday, a move that could further worsen ties with Asian neighbours, on the eve of US President Barack Obama’s arrival. A total of 146 lawmakers from both houses of parliament made the trip en masse to…

Supreme Court Justice Breyer raises questions over rules for Guantanamo imprisonment

A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday raised questions about the scope of the government’s authority to detain terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, offering a glimmer of hope to those held for years without charge. The high court refused to hear the appeal of a Yemeni man held for 12…

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