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Leaked Snowden docs show Canada spied on Brazil’s Mining and Energy Ministry

Canada spied on communications at Brazil’s Mining and Energy Ministry, according to Canadian intelligence documents revealed Sunday by Globo television. The documents were leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. His disclosures including that the United States spied on the same ministry, on President Dilma Rousseff and her aides,…

Japan dolphin-killing town to open marine park, serve dolphin meat

The Japanese town made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove”, will open a marine mammal park where visitors can swim with dolphins, but will not end its annual slaughter, an official said Monday. The town of Taiji has begun researching a plan to section off part of a cove…

U.S. duo, German win Nobel Medicine Prize

U.S. duo James Rothman and Randy Schekman and German-born Thomas Suedhof won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for their groundbreaking work on how the cell organises its transport system, the jury said. The trio, who all work at US universities, were honoured for “their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle…

Alabama high school comes under fire from parents opposed to Arabic language elective course

“When you teach Arabic, you have to teach the culture along with it,” Chuck Pyritz told Sally Ericson at AL.com, when asked about a new Arabic language course offered by Daphne High School in a suburb of Mobile. This is some of the reaction Sanaa El-Khattabi, a former University of…

Nobel prizes to be announced this week; handicapping over Higgs boson, Malala Yousafzai starting early

And so once more to that time of year when nations join to celebrate the best of humanity, the overlooked sink into private despair, and the bookies clap their hands as punters lay bets that this year, finally, Bob Dylan will win the literature prize. The latest members of the…

No, you can’t arouse a sex offender and measure his erection, court instructs police

The technical term is penile plethysmography testing. In layman’s terms, it’s an erection-measuring device. Thursday, a federal court ruled that probation officers had no business hooking up released sex offenders to one just to see how they react to pornographic. In scathing language, the ruling of the U.S. Court of…

Iceland bounces back from the banking brink

A new mood of proud nationalism is emerging in economically resurgent Iceland after an out-of-control banking system sank the country into financial meltdown exactly five years ago. Riding this wave of confidence is 38-year-old prime minister, Sigmundur Davíd Gunnlaugsson, elected in April on populist promises of mortgage relief for every…

Cairo aflame as at least 44 dead in pro-Morsi clashes with police

At least 44 people were killed in clashes in Egypt on Sunday, the health ministry said, after supporters and opponents of the country’s deposed president Mohammed Morsi took to the streets for rival protests. Forty people were killed in Cairo and four south of the capital, as another 246 people…

U.S. captures al-Qaida leader in Somalia

In a stealthy seaside assault in Somalia and in a raid in Libya’s capital, U.S. special forces on Saturday struck out against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, snatching a Libyan al-Qaida leader allegedly involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years ago but…

Fox hosts fall for hoax: Obama personally funding Muslim museum during shutdown

Chalk one up for life imitating satire. Fox and Friends host Anna Koolman was discussing the closure of the World War II memorial in Washington during the shutdown Saturday, and claimed “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture” while allowing…

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