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Israel to give ‘Prisoner X’ Ben Zygier’s family $1 million payout

Israel is to pay more than $1 million to the family of an alleged Mossad spy who hanged himself in prison in 2010, the justice ministry has said. “After negotiations, the two parties (Israel and the family) have reached an agreement whereby the state will pay 4 million shekels ($1.1…

Woolly Mammoths were wiped out by climate change: study

A wide-ranging probe into woolly mammoths has added to evidence that the towering tusker was wiped out by climate change, scientists said on Wednesday. British and Swedish researchers sequenced DNA from 88 samples of mammoth bone, tooth and tusk, looking for a signature in the genetic code that is handed…

Agony of Chile’s dark days continues as murdered poet’s wife fights for justice

Move made to extradite alleged killer of Victor Jara from United States, 40 years after bloody coup When Joan Jara went to identify the body of her husband, Victor, she found it riddled with 44 bullets and dumped among a pile of corpses in the Santiago morgue. The poet’s wrists…

Massive water discovery will transform drought-prone ‘cradle of mankind’ in northern Kenya

UNESCO and the Kenya Government today announce the discovery of one of the worlds largest underground water aquifers in the desert north of Turkana, an area best known for fossils, famine and poverty. The finding by Radar Technologies International (RTI) was made using space based exploration technology called WATEX system.…

Bill de Blasio wins NYC Democratic primary, may avoid runoff election

New York City Public advocate Bill de Blasio, who was criticized by outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), is closer to replacing Bloomberg after winning the local Democratic primary Tuesday night. WNYC-FM reported that de Blasio managed to win 40 percent of Democratic voters. If his lead holds,…

Fresh & Easy supermarket chain sold to U.S. investment group

Britain’s biggest retailer, supermarket group Tesco, said Tuesday it had struck a deal to sell most of its loss-making US West Coast chain Fresh & Easy to investment group Yucaipa. Tesco, which in April had announced plans to offload Fresh & Easy, said Yucaipa would acquire more than 150 stores…

Tropical Storm Gabrielle hammers Bermuda while drawing closer

Tropical Storm Gabrielle was battering Bermuda with heavy rains and powerful winds, as US forecasters warned it was strengthening and moving closer to the popular vacation spot. Gabrielle, with maximum sustained winds near 60 miles (96 kilometers) per hour, was some 30 miles (45 kilometers) south of Bermuda, the National…

New documents show NSA routinely spied on phone records unrelated to terrorism cases

US intelligence officials declassified documents Tuesday revealing the National Security Agency violated privacy rules for three years when it sifted phone records of Americans with no suspected links to terrorists. The revelations raised fresh questions about the NSA’s ability to manage the massive amount of data it collects and whether…

U.S. bans sale and trade of white rhino horns

The last remaining species of rhinoceros that is not endangered will receive new US protection due to an intensifying poaching crisis, federal wildlife officials said Tuesday. The southern white rhinoceros, found mainly in South Africa, will now be considered “threatened,” which bars their sale and trade in the United States…

Eight immigrants injured in auto accident on their way to deportation

Eight undocumented immigrants and two Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were injured Tuesday morning when their van blew a tire and rolled off the highway in south Texas, KGBT-TV reported. The accident occurred as the immigrants from Honduras were being taken from the Port Isabel Detention Center to the Coastal…

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