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Study finds more pests are growing resistant to genetically modified crops

More pest species are becoming resistant to the most popular type of genetically-modified, insect-repellent crops, but not in areas where farmers follow expert advice, a study said on Monday. The paper delves into a key aspect of so-called Bt corn and cotton — plants that carry a gene to make…

Activist Erin Brockovich hit with drunken boating charge

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich was hit with a drunken boating charge in Nevada on Sunday, according to published reports. Brockovich, once portrayed by actress Julia Roberts in a film about her fight with Pacific Gas & Electric, caught the attention of police as she attempted to dock at the Las…

Artist uses tombstone-style toilets to protest Cyprus financial meltdown

NICOSIA (Reuters) – A Cypriot artist found a novel way to protest over Cyprus’s financial meltdown on Monday, lining up 20 sculptures resembling a cross between toilets and tombstones outside the island’s Central Bank. Arranged in two rows on a pavement outside the building, the white “toilets” made of concrete…

Scottish novelist Iain Banks dies of gall bladder cancer at age 59

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) – Novelist Iain Banks, who enlivened Scottish literature for three decades with his dark humor, has died from cancer just days before the release of his 27th and final novel “The Quarry”. Banks announced he was suffering from the disease in April and said he…

NSA spying allegations mean U.S. could provide ‘virtually unlimited’ info on citizens to allies

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) – Revelations of a huge, secret U.S. Internet spying program have raised awkward questions for allies, forced to explain whether they let Washington spy on their citizens or benefited from snooping that would be illegal at home. U.S. officials have confirmed the existence of the…

Trial of George Zimmerman begins: ‘One of the most polarizing cases’ in Florida’s recent memory

Sixteen months after Trayvon Martin’s death, jurors will tackle a simple question: did George Zimmerman act in self-defence? Almost 16 months after he shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in a confrontation at his Florida housing estate, George Zimmerman goes on trial on Monday for second-degree murder. The death…

3 Lebanese soccer players pleaded guilty to trading sex for rigging matches

Three Lebanese football referees pleaded guilty Monday to accepting free sex from a gambling-linked global syndicate in return for agreeing to rig a match, with a Singapore judge jailing two and deferring sentencing for the third. A district court judge jailed assistant referees Ali Eid, 33, and Abdallah Taleb, 37,…

German intellectual Walter Jens tarnished by Nazi past dies at 90

Walter Jens, one of Germany’s most prominent public intellectuals whose image was tarnished by his membership of the Nazi party during World War II, has died aged 90, his university said Monday. A spokesman for the University of Tuebingen where Jens had been a professor emeritus of rhetoric said he…

Global warming on track to result in 3.6 to 5.3 degree temperature increase—exceeding 2.0 target

The rise in the global temperature is on track to double the 2.0 degrees Celsius target, the International Energy Agency warned on Monday, and said four policies were needed urgently to limit climate change without harming economic growth. “This report shows that the path we are currently on is more…

Chinese pig farm accused of pumping dissolved carcasses into a river

Authorities are reportedly probing a pig farm in central China for dissolving dead pigs in a chemical solution and pumping the resulting remains down its drains, which empty into a river. Huasheng Online, a news website published by the Hunan Daily Press Group, said environmental protection and animal hygiene authorities…

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