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Pentagon chief sees opportunity to ‘reform and reshape our entire defense enterprise’

The US military must reshape its role in the face of deep budget cuts while avoiding a turn towards isolationism after a decade of war, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Tuesday. The security threats facing the United States could not be solved by military power alone and the country “will…

Pope Francis asks bishops: How can the Church help same-sex couples?

The Vatican on Tuesday launched an unprecedented worldwide consultation on the new realities of family life including gay marriage as part of Pope Francis’s efforts to reform the Catholic Church. A questionnaire has been sent to bishops around the world asking them for detailed information about the “many new situations…

Toronto mayor’s brother calls for police chief to resign over crack video

The brother of Toronto’s embattled Mayor Rob Ford on Tuesday called for the city’s police chief to step aside over his handling of a video allegedly showing the mayor smoking crack. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair announced last week that investigators have gotten hold of the infamous video as part…

Unknown masterpieces found among works in ‘Nazi art trove’

Previously unknown masterpieces by modernist painters Marc Chagall and Otto Dix are among a vast trove of works believed stolen by the Nazis and uncovered in a Munich flat, an art historian said Tuesday. Breaking two days of silence following the revelation of the spectacular discovery, Meike Hoffmann, the chief…

Fugitive Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson due in court on Wednesday to defend himself against Japanese whalers

Fugitive eco-activist Paul Watson is due in a US court this week for his latest legal battle — but, after 15 months on the run, he says he is happy to leave the high seas clashes to friends in Australia. The Canadian-born Sea Shepherd founder arrived in California last week…

Nuclear power prices itself out of the electricity market: graph

The extent to which nuclear is being priced out of electricity markets has finally been revealed by the pricing mechanism unveiled by the British government in the deal to subsidise the Hinkley C nuclear. The UK…  …

U.S. Navy’s new ‘all-electric’ USS Zumwalt destroyer is a floating, sea-going microgrid

We were just taking note of the US Navy’s focus on stationary, portable, and even wearable microgrids when along comes a doozy of an example in the form of the USS Zumwalt DDG 1000. The newly launched high-tech destroyer has been dubbed the Navy’…  …

Jeff Bezos’ wife slams book about husband in ‘withering’ Amazon review

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’ wife gave a book about her husband and his company a paltry one star, in a withering review posed on the online retailer’s website. MacKenzie Bezos gave the lowest one out of five rating for “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” by…

Peter Jackson gives ‘Hobbit’ fans sneak peak at new flick

Director Peter Jackson gave fans a sneak peek of his latest Tolkien epic Tuesday, revealing he is working non-stop to get “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” ready to premiere next month. Jackson took a break from editing to host what was billed as a “world fan event”, featuring question…

British MPs call for Treasury investigation of Prince Charles’ ‘unfair tax advantage’

Prince Charles’s estate may have an “unfair advantage” over commercial competitors because it does not pay capital gains or corporation tax, MPs said Tuesday, as they called for the Treasury to investigate. The Duchy of Cornwall, whose assets are valued at £763 million and which dates back to 1337, provides…

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