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United Nations covers up nude male sculpture to appease Iranian diplomats

A relief carving of a naked man at the UN’s Geneva headquarters was covered up on Monday, apparently to spare the blushes of Iranian diplomats ahead of fresh talks on the country’s nuclear drive. UN officials would not comment on why the wall relief, inspired by Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”,…

BuzzFeed to launch French, Spanish and Portuguese editions

BuzzFeed announced plans Monday for French, Spanish and Portuguese editions in a push to expand the footprint of the US-based social news website. BuzzFeed said it will work with the language-learning platform Duolingo to translate some of its content and hire editors fluent in Spanish, French, and Portuguese for original…

Colorado governor to Congress: ‘You’ve got to have a certain level of empathy’

Colorado’s governor said the federal government shutdown was hurting his state’s efforts to clean up after record flooding last month. “It’s amazing,” said Gov. John Hinkelooper. “[If] you want to start appreciating all the things that the federal government does for those people who are most at risk, have a…

Anonymous targets Missouri town for refusing to prosecute man who confessed to having sex with 14-year-old and leaving her to die

On Sunday morning, the Kansas City Star published a horrific account of the rape and subsequent harassment of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman and her family. By early Monday morning, the hacktivist group Anonymous had taken up the cause on the Coleman’s behalf. The facts of the case are not in dispute:…

House Republican frets food stamps are being used to buy medical marijuana

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) on Friday defended a $40 billion cut to the food stamp program, known officially as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, by claiming that beneficiaries were using the federal program to buy pot. “The Nutrition Reform & Work Opportunity Act is designed to preserve the integrity of…

Conservative radio host: recent firings of high-profile generals part of Obama’s plan to create a ‘martial-law-ready military’

Conservatives are increasingly worried that the “string of recent high-profile firings of top U.S. generals” is a prelude to a military takeover of the United States government. Especially suspicious was Thursday’s firing of Major General Michael Carey, because the Air Force only disclosed the reasons he wasn’t being removed, which…

Three U.S. economists win Nobel prize for work on market trends

US trio Lars Peter Hansen, Eugene Fama and Robert Shiller won the Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for groundbreaking work on spotting trends in markets, the jury said. The three “have laid the foundation for the current understanding of asset prices. It relies in part on fluctuations in risk and…

Olympic judo medallist Van Snick tests positive for cocaine

Belgian judoka Charline Van Snick, a bronze medal winner from the 2012 London Olympics, revealed on Monday that she returned a positive test for cocaine during the world championships in Rio last August where she also won bronze. “I received a letter informing me that a banned substance had been…

Bomb kills 27 in Syria as U.S. presses for peace talks

A powerful car bomb killed at least 27 people in northwestern Syria on Monday as the United States pressed for peace talks despite widening rifts among the fractured opposition. The attack in a rebel-held area of Idlib province near the Turkish border came the day after gunmen abducted seven Red…

Rep. Alcee Hastings honors transgender ex-Navy SEAL Kristin Beck

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) on Friday honored Kristin Beck, a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL who was part of an elite team sent into Pakistan to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. “I commend Kristin Beck for her outstanding bravery and service to our nation,” the Florida Democrat said on the…

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