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British government says big change needed before new Syria vote

The British government has said it has no plans to hold another parliamentary vote on Syria air strikes after last week’s defeat but might revisit the issue if circumstances change “very significantly”. Prime Minister David Cameron lost a House of Commons ballot on Thursday on taking action to punish Syria…

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says he’s eager to experiment at The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos, the Washington Post’s future owner, says he is eager to try new things in search of an exciting future for the venerable but struggling daily. In his first interview with the Post since the $250 million dollar acquisition was announced in August, the Amazon founder said he has…

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge delights drivers with early opening

< Work went so smoothly on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge that it opened to traffic earlier than expected Monday night, delighting the first drivers to cross the span. Rumors swirled all weekend that the bridge would be open to traffic sooner that…   Watch a video of…

Somali president ‘ambushed,’ Shebab militants say

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents ambushed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Tuesday, the militants said, claiming to have destroyed vehicles with rocket-propelled grenades. “We ambushed a convoy that was escorting the self-appointed Somali president,” Shebab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab told AFP, adding that fighting was continuing near the port of Merka.…

New skin-eating fungus is killing salamanders

A new kind of skin-eating fungus has been killing fire salamanders in the Netherlands at an alarming rate, European researchers said Monday. The boldly colored yellow and black salamanders have dwindled rapidly since 2010, with just four percent of their original population left. Based on an analysis of the dead…

Seized shark fins dumped in Marshall Islands ceremony

The Marshall Islands symbolically disposed of confiscated shark fins at sea Tuesday in a ceremony witnessed by regional leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). The gesture underscored the progress made towards protecting the marine predators since the Marshalls declared a two million square kilometre (770,000 square mile) shark sanctuary…

Pope Francis flick in the works: Variety

A film about the life of Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, is in the pipeline in his native Argentina, Variety reported. The film, to be entitled “Historia de un cura” (“A priest’s tale”), will be directed by Alejandro Agresti and star Rodrigo de la Serna as the…

Nokia to sell phone unit to Microsoft for $7.2 billion

Beleaguered Finnish company Nokia announced on Tuesday the sale of its mobile phone unit to Microsoft for 5.44 billion euros ($7.17 billion), bringing to an end its days as a phone maker. Nokia will grant the US software giant a 10-year non-exclusive licence to its patents and will itself focus…

Nicaragua warns Costa Rica it may try to ‘reclaim’ province in court

President Daniel Ortega warned Costa Rica that Nicaragua may ask the International Court of Justice to restore to Managua a province he said it lost to “occupation” in 1824. Ortega was referring to Guanacaste province, which is about 20 percent of neighboring Costa Rica’s territory and a popular tourism hub.…

Electric car sales pass the number of gas stations in the U.S. for the first time

EV milestones are coming hard and fast these days, with records falling, new companies showing up, and others shutting down before they really ever got going. There are highlights, however, and as electric cars sales boom, the “there are now more…  …

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