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Rand Paul: Promoting Susan Rice undermines Obama’s ‘moral authority’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday said that President Barack Obama was undermining his own “moral authority” by naming United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice as the new national security advisor because she had misled the public about last year’s attacks in Benghazi. “You know, I think…

New York luxury housing boom services the fabulously wealthy

While many people scrimp and save to buy their first modest home and others rent for life, New York is seeing a boom in housing construction for the fabulously rich. Buyers are snapping up high-rise luxury condos before they are even completed, with money gushing in from places like South…

Hundreds of Bangladesh garment factory workers fall sick from contaminated water

Hundreds of employees of a Bangladesh garment factory near the capital fell sick on Wednesday after drinking suspected contaminated water in their workplace, police and factory officials said. “Primarily we suspect the water supply of the Starlight Sweaters factory was poisoned or contaminated,” local industrial police officer Mahfuzur Rahman told…

Dutch coffee shops in ‘open revolt’ of ban on selling cannabis to foreigners

Authorities in the Dutch drug tourism hub of Maastricht are striking back after cannabis cafes staged an open revolt by selling marijuana to foreigners in defiance of a controversial ban. The battle has been fought on the streets, in the courtroom and in the media as authorities struggle to enforce…

Former Bradley Manning boss to testify on his ‘erratic behavior’

Jihrleah Showman to appear as lawyers seek to contend that Manning was aware leak would compromise US national security US government prosecutors were opening the third day of the trial of the WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning on Wednesday by calling to the witness stand the soldier’s former supervisor at the…

Israel ‘retweets’ blow-by-blow of 1967 Six Day War as it happened

Israel’s army was Wednesday giving a “live” blow-by-blow account of the 1967 Six Day War, tweeting each air strike at the exact time it occurred 46 years ago in an epic replay which began early in the morning. @IDF1967 “is an official Israel Defence Forces account that is aimed at…

Mississippi River towns brace for rising floodwaters

Copyright ImageClick to View Kaskaskia River flooding hit the marina in New Athens, Ill., Monday. Mississippi River towns are facing cresting floodwaters Tuesday. (Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat/AP) Heavy rain from the weekend sent water over the top of a levee and a sandbag barrier near the…  …

More radioactive leaks reported at Japan’s Fukushima plant

The operator of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Wednesday admitted it had found another leak of radioactive water, the latest episode in a growing catalogue of mishaps. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), said one of its workers spotted drips coming from a tank used to store radioactive water at…

Meet the ‘Lizard King’: Giant 40 million year-old reptile named after Jim Morrison

A giant lizard that lived 40 million years ago at a time when Earth was a hothouse has been named in honour of rock singer Jim Morrison, palaeontologists said on Wednesday. Around 1.80m (six feet) from snout to tail and tipping the scales at up to 27 kilos (60 pounds),…

Chinese farmer ‘privatizes’ part of Great Wall to develop new tourist attraction

At the farthest end of the Great Wall, Yang Yongfu limps along the section he arduously restored, in effect “privatising” it and putting himself on a collision course with the authorities. The farmer spent five million yuan ($800,000) and years of backbreaking work renovating several hundred metres of the national…

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