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Nelson Mandela’s condition ‘now critical’: spokesperson

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela who is receiving treatment for a recurrent lung infection is now in critical condition, South Africa’s presidency said Sunday. “The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical,” Mac Maharaj, presidential spokesman, said in a statement. The condition…

Pollution reduced frequency of North Atlantic hurricanes: study

Higher levels of air pollution reduced the frequency of North Atlantic hurricanes and other tropical storms for most of the 20th century, a study said Sunday. Adding to evidence for mankind’s impact on the weather system, the probe found a link between these powerful storms and aerosols, the scientific term…

Mucked up legal paperwork allowed Edward Snowden to escape arrest in Hong Kong

Edward Snowden was five hours into his flight from Hong Kong, having already been served one of two hot meals, when news of his departure to Moscow began to electrify media organisations all over the world. The Hong Kong authorities waited until Snowden was safely out of Chinese airspace before…

Ohio air show to resume with moment of silence after deadly biplane crash

By Kim Palmer Cleveland, OH (Reuters) – An Ohio air show resumed on Sunday with a moment of silence for a pilot and a stunt woman killed during a wing-walking trick a day earlier when their biplane crashed and burst into flames. Organizers of the Vectren Dayton Air Show in…

Rep. Peter King calls Rand Paul’s remarks on Snowden ‘absolutely disgraceful’

Representative Peter King (R-KY) lashed out at fellow Republican Rand Paul on Sunday over National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden. King said on Fox News the United States should take whatever action necessary to extradite Snowden to the United States. “I think it is important for the American people…

John Kerry: Climate change is screaming at us for action

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged the world to ramp up action on climate change, saying in India that changing weather patterns posed major costs to the planet. “Here in India, the home of so much of the history of science, we must recognise that today the…

Bulgarian protesters: ‘Even if we are smiling, we are angry’

With their toddlers sticky with ice cream and their dogs panting in the summer heat, the Bulgarians protesting for the past week look very different to the gloomy crowds that toppled the government in February. But this does not make the colourful mass with their sunglasses, bikes, songs and clever…

Starbucks agrees to pay millions in British corporation taxes

US-based coffee giant Starbucks said on Sunday it had paid £5 million in British corporation tax and will pay another £15 million by next year after facing a backlash from lawmakers and customers over non-payment. The moved comes despite Starbucks claiming that it remained unprofitable in Britain, and that it…

Human Rights Watch criticizes five-year jail sentence for Saudi activist

Human Rights Watch on Sunday criticised Saudi Arabia’s criminal justice system after a court sentenced a prominent human rights activist to five years in prison over his writings. Saudi Arabia’s Specialised Criminal Court sentenced Mikhlif al-Shammari to five years in prison on June 17, “based on his writings and exposure…

Two shot dead as Egypt readies for opposition rallies

CAIRO (Reuters) – A man was shot dead in overnight clashes north of Cairo between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist government, security sources said, raising tensions ahead of big opposition rallies planned next Sunday. A second man, also an Islamist supporter, died of gunshot wounds sustained in clashes south…

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