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Toronto crack mayor could lose more powers in council vote

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could see even more of his powers stripped Monday as the city council considers further sanctions against him following admissions of crack cocaine smoking and binge drinking. An overwhelming majority of councillors voted last week to curb his official duties and authority in Canada’s largest…

Racist graffiti on 13-year-old football player’s home being investigated as hate crime

School officials in Lunenburg, Massachusetts have postponed football games until the people responsible for hateful words — “Knights don’t need n*****r” — spray-painted on the home of a biracial football player are discovered. The message — which is now being investigated by local police and the FBI as a hate…

NASA Mars spacecraft to search for clues about why the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere

NASA is preparing to launch its latest orbiter to Mars Monday on the hunt for clues about why the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere. The launch of Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), could happen as early as 1:28 pm (1828 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during a…

Muslim woman alleges co-workers at New York City’s The New School used racist slurs towards her, files lawsuit

A Clifton Muslim woman filed a lawsuit on Friday alleging her co-workers at The New School in Manhattan routinely used racist slurs towards her forcing her to quit her job. Jamilah Moudiab, who quit her job as an international…  …

Russia will keep Greenpeace activist in pre-trial jail until February 24, 2014

A court in Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg extended the pre-trial detention of one of the 30 Greenpeace activists arrested for an Arctic protest for three months until February 24. Colin Russell, an Australian citizen, was the first of the 30 detained activists to have his case heard and…

Israel has been ‘holding suspected Al-Qaeda activist since 2010′ without trial

Israel has been secretly holding a suspected Al-Qaeda activist without trial for more than three years, legal documents showed on Monday after the suspect petitioned a court for his release. According to court documents seen by AFP, the Israeli security establishment told the high court ahead of a Monday hearing…

Russia’s Olympic drug-testing lab suspended by global anti-doping agency over quality

The global anti-doping agency has provisionally suspended the accreditation of Moscow’s laboratory of the right to test athletes just months before the Sochi Winter Olympics. WADA had opened disciplinary proceedings against the lab in the Russian capital because of questions over the quality of their tests and given them a…

Archaeologists discover five 4,000 year-old heads of royal statues from the pharaonic era

A team of Egyptian and French archaeologists have found five heads of royal statues from the pharaonic era, officials from the antiquities ministry said on Saturday. “The heads, which had crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt and were made from limestone, were discovered” south of Luxor, Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim…

Germany’s top political parties agree to binding boardroom quota to fix gender imbalance in business

Germany’s top parties, in talks on forming a government, agreed on Monday to a binding boardroom quota for women intended to fix a big gender imbalance in business. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their likely coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), said they planned to require listed…

Bill Clinton says the next American president should be a woman

Former US president Bill Clinton hopes there will be a woman in the White House in his lifetime and will support his wife Hillary in whatever she decides to do, he told a Chinese audience on Monday. Hillary, who earlier this year stepped down as US secretary of state, has…

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