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Obama says U.S. has moral obligation to stop slaughter in Syria but needs evidence

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he had both a moral and a national security obligation to stop the slaughter in Syria, but warned he could not just act on a “hope and a prayer.” Obama defended his government’s actions in sending large quantities of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees,…

French government told to cut back on size of ceremonial Republican Guard

In another sign of tough times in France, the government has been told to cut the size of the Republican Guard, the elite unit that provides the pomp and ceremony on state occasions. The Guard, which includes the last cavalry unit of the French army, has 2,859 civilian and military…

Thick-skulled dino discovery leads researchers to believe that pre-historic Earth was more diverse

The discovery of a new thick-skulled dinosaur the size of a large dog may challenge our image of a pre-historic Earth dominated by supersized lizards, a study said Tuesday. The planet may, in fact, have been inhabited by many more types of small dinosaur than widely thought, a group of…

Nearly a third of honey bee colonies died in U.S. last winter

Nearly a third of the honey bee colonies in the United States died this past winter, sharply higher proportion than a year ago, according to an official report released Tuesday. The US population of managed honey bee colonies fell by 31.1 percent in the October 2012-April 2013 period, said the…

Putin signs ban on foreign bank accounts into law

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into a law on Tuesday a ban on top officials and their families holding foreign accounts in a bid to improve a government image left tarnished by a tax scandal and economic slowdown. But the measure is a watered down version of the original bill…

Heat wave threatens Canada’s tulip festival

A heat wave is threatening to take the bloom off one of the world’s largest garden festivals, as more than one million colorful tulips in Canada’s capital began wilting Tuesday. More than 100 heat records were broken across the country, according the weather office, while Ottawa posted a near-record 27…

3 fake nuns caught smuggling cocaine in Colombia

Three women dressed up as nuns were caught at a Colombian airport trying to smuggle cocaine taped to their bodies, police said Tuesday. The women were caught Saturday after arriving on Colombia’s Caribbean island of San Andres on a flight from Bogota. They thought the disguise would spare them from…

Fast food chains have ‘barely improved’ on creating more healthful menus

Study finds major fast food chains have ‘barely improved nutritional quality of menus in 14 years’ despite their promises Fast food restaurants in the US have barely improved the nutritional quality of their meals in 14 years, despite pledgesto offer healthy choices, according to a new study. The global obesity…

CIA requested ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ rewrites, memo reveals

Document shows agency requested removal of interrogation scene with dog, and shots of operatives partying with AK47 A newly declassified CIA document suggests members of the US agency did help to shape the narrative of Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s recent film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. In January…

French company sells scented underwear for men

A company that specialises in “Made in France” underwear has raised nearly 19,000 euros ($25,000) from enthusiastic investors banking on its next titillating creation — sweet-smelling underpants for men. The so-called “Indomitable” briefs will be manufactured by “Le Slip Francais”, a company set up in 2011 by 27-year-old Guillaume Gibault,…

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