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Amnesty International: Egypt used live ammo against protesters

Egyptian security forces used live ammunition on October 6 to disperse supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi who were also attacked by men with firearms and swords, Amnesty International said Monday. At least 49 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Cairo alone as security forces used “excessive and unwarranted…

UK environment secretary slams ‘wicked’ foes of genetically modified golden rice

People who oppose golden rice, a new variety of GM crop, are “wicked” and could be condemning children in developing countries to blindness and death, according to the British environment secretary. In an emotive intervention into the polarised debate about genetically modified crops in poor countries, Owen Paterson, a known…

Kentucky representatives implicated in sex scandals both claim harassment was fault of victims

Another lawsuit has been filed in the case of an embattled state representative in Kentucky. In September, state Rep. John Arnold (D) resigned after two women filed ethics charges against him for sexual harassment which, they claimed, had gone unchecked for years. Yolanda Costner, one of the complainants, said that…

Israel says easing pressure on Iran a ‘historic mistake’

Easing pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme would be an “historic mistake,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday, a day before world powers resume talks with Tehran. “It would be an historic mistake to ease up on the pressure now, a moment before the sanctions achieve their…

Big-spending German ‘bling bishop’ faces grilling from Pope Francis

A German big-spending Catholic bishop has flown to Rome to try and explain himself to humility advocate Pope Francis as he faces multiple calls to resign over his high-roller lifestyle. Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst flew in with low-cost airline Ryanair — following accusations he took a business-class ticket…

United Nations covers up nude male sculpture to appease Iranian diplomats

A relief carving of a naked man at the UN’s Geneva headquarters was covered up on Monday, apparently to spare the blushes of Iranian diplomats ahead of fresh talks on the country’s nuclear drive. UN officials would not comment on why the wall relief, inspired by Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”,…

BuzzFeed to launch French, Spanish and Portuguese editions

BuzzFeed announced plans Monday for French, Spanish and Portuguese editions in a push to expand the footprint of the US-based social news website. BuzzFeed said it will work with the language-learning platform Duolingo to translate some of its content and hire editors fluent in Spanish, French, and Portuguese for original…

Colorado governor to Congress: ‘You’ve got to have a certain level of empathy’

Colorado’s governor said the federal government shutdown was hurting his state’s efforts to clean up after record flooding last month. “It’s amazing,” said Gov. John Hinkelooper. “[If] you want to start appreciating all the things that the federal government does for those people who are most at risk, have a…

Anonymous targets Missouri town for refusing to prosecute man who confessed to having sex with 14-year-old and leaving her to die

On Sunday morning, the Kansas City Star published a horrific account of the rape and subsequent harassment of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman and her family. By early Monday morning, the hacktivist group Anonymous had taken up the cause on the Coleman’s behalf. The facts of the case are not in dispute:…

House Republican frets food stamps are being used to buy medical marijuana

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) on Friday defended a $40 billion cut to the food stamp program, known officially as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, by claiming that beneficiaries were using the federal program to buy pot. “The Nutrition Reform & Work Opportunity Act is designed to preserve the integrity of…

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