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U.S. warns Ecuador: Scrapping bilateral treaty would cost you American investors

Ecuador’s possible scrapping of a bilateral investment treaty with the United States could lead to loss of American investment in the country, Washington’s envoy warned Monday. “If the bilateral investment treaty is canceled that would obviously have a negative effect because US companies would be afraid to invest,” Ambassador Adam…

Rob Ford supporters ‘optimistic’ as Toronto mayor resumes official duties

Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford, was back at work Monday, bolstered by supporters while speaking at a Remembrance Day ceremony after last week deflecting calls for his resignation. Glad-handing outside City Hall on a drizzly morning after reading a statement to 3,000 people commemorating soldiers’ wartime sacrifices, Ford received some…

Koch brothers sponsor anti-Obamacare cornholing competition

Generation Opportunity, a Koch-funded front group whose goal is to convince young people that they don’t need health insurance, sponsored a tailgate party on the campus of the University of Miami on Saturday. According to an email by Generation Opportunity’s communication director, David Pasch, the Koch brothers money allowed their…

Eleven white truffles purchased by a ‘famous Chinese writer’ fetch three times the price of gold at auction

Eleven white truffles have gone under the hammer in Italy for 274,200 euros ($367,620), including a pair bought by an anonymous buyer in China who paid out 90,000 euros, auctioneers said Monday. A “famous Chinese writer” bidding by satellite telephone from Hong Kong fiercely outbid competitors for a 950-gram pair…

Right-wing hardliner Avigdor Lieberman returns as Israel’s foreign minister

Right-wing firebrand Avigdor Lieberman took his oath of office in front of the Israeli parliament on Monday, returning as foreign minister after he quit to fight corruption charges. The 120-member house confirmed his reappointment by a vote of 62 to 17, almost a year after he resigned to fight the…

Expect increasingly violent cyclones, weather experts warn

Meteorologists have yet to formally link global warming to typhoons like the one that devastated the Philippines, but they expect increasingly extreme weather phenomena due to a rise in ocean temperatures. The trail of death and destruction left in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan was at the forefront of…

Internet comforts man with Asperger’s syndrome who was told he was ‘TOO SLOW’

The Internet has come to the defense of a Wegmans supermarket employee with Asperger’s syndrome in Clay, New York, who was yelled at by a customer who complained that he was checking her out “TOO SLOW.” Chris Tuttle had been placed on register duty on Sunday, a position with which…

YouTube co-founder: ‘Why the f*ck do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?’

Few would deny that the former Youtube comment system was in need of a refresh and that it was the most trolled platform this side of Fourchan, however Youtube fans are viewing the decision to tie in its replacement to Google+ as a sign that Google’s “Don’t be evil” mask…

Veteran storm-chaser says Philippines typhoon was the most terrifying event he has ever witnessed

For professional storm-chaser James Reynolds, whose day job involves capturing typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions at heart-stoppingly close range, intense danger goes with the territory. But the soft-spoken cameraman, who has spent the past eight years filming Asia’s deadliest natural disasters including the aftermath of Japan’s 2011 quake-tsunami catastrophe, says…

U.S. tries to pacify Israeli public over Iran deal

US Ambassador Dan Shapiro on Monday sought to quell Israeli fears over an emerging deal with Iran, vowing that Washington would never let Tehran acquire a nuclear weapon. “On this crucial issue the US and Israel share an identical agenda,” Shapiro told delegates attending the General Assembly of the Jewish…

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