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Tens of thousands march against budget cuts in Rome

Tens of thousands of people joined a union-organised march in Rome Saturday, protesting against the new coalition government’s austerity measures. The metal workers union FIOM said the rally was to demand “the right to jobs, training and health care”. “We cannot wait any longer,” said FIOM secretary Maurizio Landini as…

Powerball reaches $600 million as lotto fever strikes U.S.

Americans by the droves plunked down cold cash Saturday for a chance at fulfilling their most feverish dream: winning the $600 million Powerball lottery jackpot. Millions will be glued to their TV sets when the Powerball numbers are drawn in a live event broadcast just before 11:00 pm eastern time…

South Korea may launch world’s most ambitious cap and trade market

With roughly 18 months until launch, South Korea appears ready to create the world’s most ambitious cap and trade market, with the highest global price on carbon. These findings jump from a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) white paper analyzing how potential market designs could affect the nation…  …

San Francisco bacon restaurant forced to close over smell

Who complains about the smell of bacon? People in San Francisco, apparently. The owner of Bacon Bacon, an eatery that specialized in all things porcine, was forced to shut down this…  …

Falling U.S. deficit renews ‘austerity or growth?’ debate

Austerity or growth? Europe’s struggling economies have faced the question without fully answering it in recent years, but the United States is on track to do both. Projections unveiled this week by the Congressional Budget Office indicate the US deficit will shrink more than 40 percent during fiscal 2013, returning…

Saudi Arabian woman in historic Mount Everest climb

Raha Moharrak, who was among a party of 64 climbers, becomes first female from the country to scale the mountain A Saudi Arabian woman has become the first woman from her country to climb Mount Everest. Raha Moharrak was one of 64 climbers who scaled Mount Everest from Nepal’s side…

New Yorkers unnerved by neighbor’s voyeuristic photos

Residents of a New York City apartment building are up in arms over an exhibition of candid photographs one of their neighbors took of them, without their knowledge or permission. A gallery show — “The Neighbors” — of the pictures taken surreptitiously by American photographer Arne Svenson opened last week…

Confederate Civil War General ‘Stonewall’ Jackson venerated with lemons 150 years after his death

It has been 150 years since Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died, and visitors are still bringing flowers — and lemons — to shrines that honor the memory of the Confederate army general. Jackson was one of the most successful generals in the 1861-1865 US civil war, and according to legend he…

Actor Gerard Depardieu compares Vladimir Putin to Pope John Paul II

French actor and newly-minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu on Saturday compared President Vladimir Putin to the late Pope John Paul II and said the ex-KGB agent is what Russia needs as a leader. Depardieu is preparing to shoot a new film in Moscow and the Chechen capital Grozny — a…

Debate on bill to protect Afghan women from violence halted after complaints it is ‘against Islamic teaching’

The Afghan parliament on Saturday cut short a debate on a bill to protect women from violence after complaints from some traditionalist MPs that it was against Islamic teaching. The Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law, which was passed by a presidential decree in 2009, is seen as a…

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