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U.S. plans for ’3 days of attack’ on Syria, military tells LA Times

The Pentagon is readying more intense and longer attacks on Syria than originally planned, set to last three days, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday. War planners now aim to unleash a heavy barrage of missile strikes to be followed swiftly by additional attacks on targets that may have…

Sudan woman risks flogging over uncovered hair

A Sudanese woman says she is prepared to be flogged to defend the right to leave her hair uncovered in defiance of a “Taliban”-like law. Amira Osman Hamed faces a possible whipping if convicted at a trial which could come on September 19. Under Sudanese law her hair — and…

Dutch vegetarian ‘butcher’ takes on the ‘Frankenburger’

Never mind last month’s revolutionary test-tube beef burger grown from meat stem cells. The Dutch are way ahead with a “vegetarian butcher” who transforms plants into “meat”. Dubbed the “Frankenburger”, the lab-grown beef — developed at a cost of more than 250,000 euros ($330,000) — was unveiled by scientists in…

British Foreign Secretary Hague urges strong response to chemical weapons use in Syria

British Foreign Secretary William Hague called on Sunday for a strong response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, saying the issue went wider than the conflict in the Middle Eastern country. Hague said that although the British parliament had rejected joining military action against Syria, he backed anticipated…

107-year-old man killed in Arkansas SWAT shootout

A 107-year-old Arkansas man was killed during a shootout with US police and SWAT team members, local authorities said. Police were responding to a disturbance at a house in Pine Bluff city on Saturday afternoon and determined that suspect Monroe Isadore had pointed a gun at two people, according to…

400,000 Catalans plan to form vast human chain on 9/11 to rally for independence

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans will unite to create a 400-kilometre (250-mile) human chain on September 11, part of a spectacular campaign for independence fiercely opposed by Madrid. Some 400,000 people aim to join hands along the entire coastline of the northeastern region of Catalonia to demand an historic redrawing…

15-nation Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) pact wins U.S. support to aggressively combat climate change

A new Pacific regional pact calling for aggressive action to combat climate change has achieved a “major accomplishment” by gaining US support, officials said Sunday. The Majuro Declaration, endorsed by the 15-nation Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) at their summit last week, contains specific pledges on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The…

Neuroscientists find secrets of ‘sex on the brain’

Survey asks men and women to rank parts of the body by pleasure – and some of the results prove surprising The mind, said Raquel Welch, is an erogenous zone. And it is the brain, and how it organises our erogenous zones, that has intrigued scientists for decades. Why is…

Thousands of Berliners join anti-NSA protest

Thousands took to the streets in Berlin Saturday in protests against Internet surveillance activities by the US National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies, and the German government’s perceived lax reaction to them. Organisers, among them the opposition Greens, The Left and Pirates parties, said 20,000 people turned out. Police…

U.S. Federal Reserve faces midstream changeover, with Bernanke’s successor still unnamed

There’s never a good time to change the head of the US central bank, according to Ethan Harris, who wrote “Ben Bernanke’s Fed” about the chairman of the Federal Reserve. But it’s even more the case currently as Bernanke appears poised to depart in January, even though the US economy…

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