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Canadian radio host: Richard Dawkins would be the first atheist pope

Canadian radio host Michael Enright accused atheists of showing intolerance while imagining evolutionary biologist as their first pope, should atheists organize into their own secular church group. “Atheists are not being prosecuted or silenced. They are lovingly tended by media interviewers, me included, and their nuanced arguments are politely acknowledged,”…

Researchers’ ovary ‘coaxing’ procedure produces newborn in Japan

A new technique that coaxes an infertile woman’s ovaries into producing eggs again has resulted in the birth of a baby in Japan, international scientists said Monday. A second woman has also become pregnant using the same method, according to the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of…

New York planning ‘wireless corridor’ for boosting city’s Internet access

Free Internet access will be given to more neighborhoods across New York as the Big Apple aims to build a “wireless corridor” designed to boost business, officials announced Monday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that from December free web access would be available in neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island,…

Qatar denies treating World Cup workers like slaves

The Chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) on Monday denied claims by the Guardian newspaper that the 2022 World Cup organisers were treating Nepalese construction workers like ‘slaves’. Ali Al-Marri said the allegations, made last week, were totally erroneous. “There is no slavery or forced labour in Qatar,”…

Queens bakery fined for refusing to hire black ‘counter girl’

Framboise Patisserie in Queens, New York has been fined $25,000 by the city after an investigation revealed that a young black woman, Jamilah DaCosta, was discriminated against because of her race. DaCosta had responded to a Craigslist ad for a “counter girl,” but during the interview, she was told by…

Greek prime minister pledges to eradicate neo-Nazi ‘shame’

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Monday pledged to eradicate the “shame” of neo-Nazism as judicial authorities prepared sweeping criminal charges against members of the far-right Golden Dawn party. “We are dedicated in completely eradicating such a ‘shame’,” Samaras said in a speech to the American Jewish Committee in New…

Economists agree: Government shutdown will hurt economic growth

The shutdown of the US government will hit an an economy struggling to sustain its post-crisis rebound, but economists say the impact will only be substantial if it lasts weeks. There was no compromise in sight Monday that could prevent an impasse over a stopgap budget bill from forcing a…

Bangladesh Islamic groups plan protest over gay rights comments

Bangladesh Islamic groups called Monday for a nationwide protest against Muhammad Yunus over comments in 2012 supporting gay rights, in the latest attack against the Nobel laureate and micro-loan pioneer. The country’s main mosque and an Islamic group with links to the government have launched a campaign against Yunus, whom…

Holder: Restrictive North Carolina voting law ‘an intentional attempt to break a system that was working’

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Justice Department will be filing suit against the State of North Carolina for its highly restrictive new voting regulations. These regulations have been harshly criticized by many in North Carolina. “It is an outright attempt to manipulate voting and the result of…

Progressives target McConnell and Boehner over government shutdown

In a statement released Monday, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said would launch a series of online ads in Kentucky, Ohio, and Washington D.C. targeting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican House Speaker John Boehner over the looming government shutdown. They aim to have the ads viewed 1…

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