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Obama urges Republicans to back down as shutdown set to enter second day

The political deadlock that forced the closure large portions of the US government on Tuesday, bringing financial uncertainty to hundreds of thousands of federal workers, appeared likely to enter a second day without a resolution. As national landmarks were barricaded, museums closed, and hundreds of thousands of employers were placed…

Roman skulls found in London could be victims of warrior queen Boudicca

Blackened Roman skulls, possibly victims of Boudicca’s revolution which scorched the foundations of the Roman empire in Britain, have come tumbling out of a Crossrail tunnel in the heart of London. Archaeologists know they will find thousands of skeletons on the site, which was the 17th-century Bedlam burial ground, but…

Invasion of jellyfish shuts down Swedish nuclear plant

A Swedish nuclear reactor was restarted on Wednesday following a three-day closure caused by a build-up of jellyfish in a cooling system, according to the operators. The incident occurred in reactor 3 at Oskarshamn power station on the Baltic Sea coast, which is run by OKG, a subsidiary of the…

Author Tom Clancy dead at 66

US author Tom Clancy, whose spy and military thrillers became worldwide best-sellers and inspired several Hollywood hit films, has died, US media reported Wednesday. He was 66. His long list of novels included “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger.” The Baltimore Sun newspaper said…

Greek neo-Nazi lawmakers face criminal charges for belonging to Golden Dawn

Four lawmakers from Greece’s Golden Dawn neo-Nazi party were charged Wednesday with belonging to a criminal organisation as the authorities move to dismantle the group after the murder of an anti-fascist musician. The indictments — the first ever against neo-Nazi MPs in Greece — were unveiled as Golden Dawn’s leader…

Russia charges five Greenpeace activists with piracy

Russian investigators on Wednesday charged five Greenpeace campaigners with piracy over an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling, the environmental group said, calling the move an “outrage”. The charge against the activists — a Briton, a Finn, a Brazilian, a Russian and a dual US-Swedish citizen — dimmed hopes that…

U.S. stocks drop as government shuts down

US stocks opened lower Wednesday as the partial US government shutdown dragged on and fresh data showed slow job creation for September. Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 85.14 (0.56 percent) to 15,106.56. The broad-based S&P 500 lost 10.04 (0.59 percent) at 1,684.96, while the tech-rich…

Republican complains: Newer lawmakers oppose Obamacare but never had a chance to vote against it

A House Republican said the Affordable Care Act should be delayed or defunded because many newer lawmakers weren’t in office to vote against it. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) was among a group of 79 House Republicans who signed on to a letter urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to tie…

Hidden cameras capture critically endangered Sumatran rhino in Indonesian Borneo

Hidden cameras have captured images of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, where it was thought to have long ago died out, the WWF said Wednesday. Sixteen camera traps — remote-controlled cameras with motion sensors frequently used in ecological research — filmed the rhino…

Kenya warned a year before attack that terrorists were targeting Westgate Mall

The narrative in place is that national intelligence agencies need tons of intrusive surveillance programs in order to detect terrorist threats and respond accordingly. Unfortunately, the narrative fails to hold up to scrutiny, prompting these intelligence…  …

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