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Anarchist group mars Brazilian teachers’ march

Thousands marched in Rio de Janeiro Monday to support teachers seeking pay hikes before masked anarchists turned to violence, setting fires, breaking into buildings and smashing a City Hall gate. The demonstration took place over several hours and was peaceful at first. But once night fell, violent incidents broke out…

Teen activist Malala relives horror of Taliban shooting in autobiography

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai tells of the moment she was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education in her new autobiography out Tuesday, amid speculation that she may be about to become the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb, “I…

Supreme Court declines case about YouTube music video gone wrong

Supreme Court declines case about YouTube music video gone wrong (via The Christian Science Monitor) A father locked in a bitter child visitation dispute chose a highly unorthodox way to express his mounting frustration with the legal system. He produced an edgy music video and posted it on YouTube. The…

Paris to host 2018 Gay Games

Paris won the right to host the 2018 Gay Games on Monday erasing memories of their defeat to German city Cologne for the 2010 edition. Paris saw off rivals London and the Irish city of Limerick for the honour of hosting what started out in 1982 as the Gay Olympics.…

Russia bringing ‘PRISM on steroids’ to Sochi Olympics

Russia’s Sochi Games: Why you may want to leave your laptop at home (via The Christian Science Monitor) Russian President Vladimir Putin (c.) smiles as he lights the Olympic flame at Red Square in Moscow on Sunday. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP) Visitors to the upcoming Sochi Winter Games will be able to…

Venezuelan lawmakers to debate special powers for Maduro

Venezuela’s legislature starts debate Tuesday on granting special powers to President Nicolas Maduro for use fighting corruption, a move opponents say could lead to witch hunts. Just two months before crucial municipal elections, elected leftist Maduro will personally ask the National Assembly to grant him power to toughen laws on…

Nobel Medicine Prize winners warn: Science in the U.S. is in peril

Three American winners of the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday said scientific progress in the United States is in peril due to unprecedented funding cuts and ideological challenges. The scientists were honored for their work on how cells organize their cargo and move molecules — a process that contributes…

Palestinian leader condemns attack on 9-year-old Israeli girl

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Monday condemned an attack on a nine-year-old Israeli girl the day before in the West Bank. “We oppose on principle aggression against anyone, and the spilling of blood,” he told a group of Israeli MPs visiting his headquarters in Ramallah. The girl, Noam Glick, was…

U.S. stocks fall as budget fight continues

US stocks Monday finished lower as a partial US government shutdown entered its second week with no sign of resolution. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 135.76 (0.90 percent) to 14,936.82. The broad-based S&P 500 tumbled 14.31 (0.85 percent) to 1,676.19, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite…

Beauty on a budget: ‘Less elitist’ contemporary art leading market rebound

Sales of contemporary art rose 15 percent in the year to June as the worldwide market bounced back from the global financial crisis, according to research published on Monday. Artprice, a French company which tracks art sales worldwide, said the strong performance compared with a 2.4 percent contraction in the…

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