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John Kerry to sign UN Arms Trade Treaty this week

US Secretary of State John Kerry will this week sign the first global treaty to regulate the $80 billion annual trade in conventional arms, seeking to stem the flow of weapons used in war crimes and genocide. A source familiar with the diplomatic maneuvers confirmed to AFP that Kerry would…

Disproving evolution won’t save creationism, atheist activist says

Disproving evolution cannot save creationism, a prominent atheist activist told a convention of free thinkers. “Even if a god appeared and started poofing things out of nothing, that still wouldn’t prove the Bible because that collection of contrived and plagiarized fairy tales has already been disproved beyond redemption, and not…

United Nations chief calls on countries to ‘stop fueling the bloodshed’ in Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on states to stop sending weapons to the Syria conflict as the United States and Russia wrangled over destroying Syria’s chemical weapons. “I appeal to all states to stop fuelling the bloodshed and to end the arms flows to all parties,” Ban said…

Pope Francis condemns the mistreatment of immigrants

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on countries to protect migrants, condemning the treatment of refugees as mere “pawns on the chessboard of humanity”. Countries should cooperate on “the broad adoption of policies and rules aimed at protecting and promoting the human person”, he said in a message for the World…

Consumer confidence down as Congress confronts debt ceiling again

US consumer confidence fell slightly in September as Americans grew more wary about the outlook in coming months, a closely watched report released Tuesday showed. The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index fell to 79.7 in September, down from a revised 81.8 in August. Though a decline was expected…

President of Serbia unveils Nikola Tesla monument in New York

The president of Serbia unveiled a monument to Nikola Tesla in New York state on Monday, marking the latest milestone in a long-running campaign to raise the profile of the cult scientist and inventor around the world. Tomislav Nikolic told the crowd at Tesla’s former Wardenclyffe laboratory in Long Island…

Brazil’s president tells the United Nations: NSA spying violates international law

Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, has launched a blistering attack on US espionage at the UN general assembly, accusing the NSA of violating international law by its indiscriminate collection of personal information of Brazilian citizens and economic espionage targeted on the country’s strategic industries. Rousseff’s angry speech was a direct challenge…

Family Research Council: ‘Nothing more Christian’ than food stamp cuts

There’s “nothing more Christian” than the massive food stamp cuts passed last week by House Republicans, said a conservative activist. Ken Blackwell, a senior fellow for the Family Research Council, told the Christian Post on Saturday that welfare programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program bred dependency. The former…

Video game store clerk bashes parents who buy ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ for their young children

A video game clerk begged parents not to buy Grand Theft Auto V for their young children in an open letter posted on the gaming site Kotaku on Monday. Sales of the fifth installment of the detail-rich but violent video game series topped $1 billion after just three days, the…

New NASA map shows where you are most likely to die from air pollution

Each year millions of premature deaths world-wide result from various forms of air pollution. According to a new atmospheric pollution model designed by earth scientist Jason West of the University of North Carolina (data from which informs the NASA…  …

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