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Global food supply threatened by climate change, says leaked UN document

A leaked UN document says that climate change will threaten the world’s food supply in coming years. The document comes from the assessments of a scientific panel the UN appointed to research the impacts of climate change.  …

Kenya’s chief justice takes action against ‘grass cutting’ rapists

Kenya’s chief justice said Saturday he had ordered “immediate action” over a case where men accused of brutally gang raping a schoolgirl were ordered to cut grass as punishment. The ferocious attack on the teenage girl and the lack of action against those who carried it out sparked outrage in…

China vows to silence Dalai Lama in Tibet

China’s ruling Communist Party aims to silence the voice of the Dalai Lama in his Tibetan homeland by tightening controls on media and the Internet, a top official said on Saturday. The party’s top-ranking official in the Tibet region Chen Quanguo vowed to “ensure that the voices of hostile forces…

Tribesmen open fire on U.S. drone after Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud killed

Tribesmen opened fire on a US drone over Pakistan’s troubled tribal belt on Saturday where Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a drone strike a day earlier, residents and officials said. Mehsud, who had a $5 million US government bounty on him, died along with four others on…

Obama tells Congress to end ‘manufactured crisis’

President Barack Obama on Saturday called for an end to “manufactured crises and self-inflicted wounds” as he urged Republicans and Democrats in Congress to approve a new federal budget. Obama, speaking in his weekly radio address, said that what most people hear out of Washington is “a jumble of unfocused…

Hatred of TSA led gunman to shoot up LAX, officials say

Dressed for combat and carrying a note saying he wanted to “kill TSA and pigs,” a gunman who grew up in New Jersey opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing one Transportation Security Administration officer and injuring…  …

Germany, France, Spain carry out mass online and phone surveillance in collaboration with Britain: Snowden files

Spy agencies in Germany, France, Spain and Sweden are carrying out mass surveillance of online and phone traffic in collaboration with Britain, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the Guardian newspaper reported Saturday. Britain’s GCHQ electronic eavesdropping centre — which has a close relationship with the United States’ National…

Pakistan on high alert after Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud killed by U.S. drone strike

Government says death of Hakimullah Mehsud has destroyed attempts to hold peace talks with Islamist militants Pakistan’s security forces have been put on high alert after a CIA drone attack killed the leader of the country’s Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, in the lawless tribal areas. A Pakistani government minister said the…

Snowden document reveals key role of Yahoo, Microsoft and Google in NSA data collection

File shows number of intelligence reports being generated from data collected from the likes of Yahoo, Microsoft and Google The key role US telecoms and internet companies play in National Security Agency surveillance programs is detailed in a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden and published…

Post-war heavyweights dominate New York art auctions

Some of the finest masterpieces of 20th century art are the highlights of New York’s November auction season, poised to set new sales records in a flourishing market. The sum total of impressionist, modern, post-war and contemporary art being offered by Christie’s and Sotheby’s is expected to fetch more than…

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