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Thousands stage Paris ‘die-in’ to protest asbestos risk

Thousands of people staged a “die-in” in Paris on Saturday over authorities’ failure to clear workplaces of asbestos, which can cause fatal respiratory diseases after long exposure. The protesters from all over France lay down in the street outside Sorbonne University in Paris’s Latin Quarter to dramatise that asbestos exposure…

J. P. Morgan banker on debt default repercussions: ‘You don’t want to know’ what would happen

Top US banker Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase warned Saturday that the United States needs to avoid defaulting on its debt, saying the possible repercussions are unfathomable. “You don’t want to know,” Dimon said when asked what would happen if the US is forced into default because Congress did not…

Obama rejects Republican plan on debt ceiling deal

House Republicans blamed President Barack Obama on Saturday for the collapse of a deal on extending US borrowing authority as the country crept closer to a debt default. The Republicans met behind closed doors on Capitol Hill on the 12th day of a US government shutdown following a bitter budget…

Up to five billion people face ‘entirely new climate’ by 2050

The mean annual climate of the average location on Earth will slip past the most extreme conditions experienced during the past 150 years and into new territory by between 2047 and 2069, depending on the amount of…  …

NY Comic Con takes over attendees’ Twitter accounts to post about how ‘awesome’ Comic Con is

New York Comic Con offered the option for attendees to link their twitter accounts to their Comic Con badge this year. Comic Con then used the access to post on behalf of attendees about how awesome Comic Con was, making it look like…  …

Hillary Clinton: We need to have a ‘sensible adult conversation’ about spying

Former US secretary of state greets debate as British shadow home secretary calls for oversight of intelligence Hillary Clinton has called for a “sensible adult conversation”, to be held in a transparent way, about the boundaries of state surveillance highlighted by the leaking of secret NSA files by the whistleblower…

Letters detail secret punitive tactics military used on Guantánamo hunger strikers

Newly declassified papers say hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay was ‘broken’ by a deliberate campaign to crush detainees’ spirits The US military secretly used a variety of tactics to break the resolve of the Guantánamo Bay hunger strikers, including placing them in solitary confinement if they continued to refuse food,…

Mark Zuckerberg extends personal ‘privacy settings’ to neighboring houses

Facebook founder buys four homes surrounding his own and leases them back to families, in effort to stop developer’s plans He made his fortune by persuading over a billion people to share their lives online, but when it comes to protecting his own privacy Mark Zuckerberg appears to spare no…

Government shutdown delaying Keystone XL pipeline review

A dragging review into proposals to build a pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to the US Gulf Coast may be further delayed due to the US government shutdown, an official said Friday. The proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km) Keystone XL pipeline — to carry oil extracted from Alberta’s tar sands south…

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon suspends lethal injection execution amid drug controversy

The Midwestern US state of Missouri said Friday that it was suspending its next execution amid a controversy over the drug used for lethal injections. “I have directed the Department of Corrections that the execution of Allen Nicklasson, as set for October 23, will not proceed,” Governor Jay Nixon said.…

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