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Pentagon sends troops to Jordan to counter Syria chemical weapons threat

Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal 2014 and beyond. He also talked about plans to send an Army unit to Jordan. (J. Scott Applewhite…  …

Cannabis club thrives in Canary Islands

In the garden of the cannabis smoking club in the town of Mogan on Spain’s Canary Islands, lush green marijuana leaves with serrated edges bask in the sun before being harvested, dried and processed to be consumed on site. Several members of the club located on the southwest coast of…

Anti-capitalist nun emerges as major leader in Spain’s ‘indignant’ protest movement

From her small convent in the mountains near Barcelona, Sister Teresa Forcades, a Harvard-educated Catalan nun, has emerged as a leading advocate of Spain’s “indignant” protest movement against the excesses of capitalism. In an interview with AFP, Forcades denounced the austerity measures implemented by Spain’s conservative government, which include cuts…

Rescuers fear more bodies in Texas fertilizer explosion town

Rescuers in Texas feared the death toll could go up as they continued the painstaking task of looking for survivors in the rubble following a massive blast at a fertilizer factory that killed as many as 15 people and destroyed dozens of homes. With the country already on edge after…

Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ cover designer Storm Thorgerson dies aged 69

British graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, best known for designing the iconic cover of Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic album “The Dark Side of the Moon”, has died aged 69, his family announced on Thursday. More recently, Thorgerson created the artwork for records released by Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro, British stadium band…

World’s oldest ever man turns 116 in Japan

Jiroemon Kimura, the oldest man ever recorded, celebrated his 116th birthday Friday with a message from Japan’s prime minister as health chiefs launched a study into why his home city boasts so many centenarians. It was a busy day for Kimura, who also greeted guests including the mayor of Kyotango…

UPDATED: 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect in custody

This is a developing story and will be updated as soon as new information becomes available. Further below, you’ll find AFP’s live coverage. Reload this page for updates. Watch this livestream from CBS Boston below: Watch this livestream from WHDH Boston below: Update from The Raw Story, 10:12 p.m. EST:…

Internet drug dealing on the rise thanks to Bitcoin currency and coded listings

The internet is starting to rival the backstreet as a place to buy illicit drugs, according to findings from the 2013 Global Drugs Survey, with 22% of users reporting the had bought drugs online. The online marketplace Silk Road has risen to notoriety in recent years as essentially an eBay…

Texas fertilizer plant explosion has devastating effects on small town

Rescue workers were on Thursday night picking through the devastation caused by an explosion at a Texas fertiliser plant that destroyed scores of homes and killed up to 15 people. The blast devastated a large section of West, a small town around 20 miles north of Waco, leveling buildings and…

Boston bombing casts grim shadow over London Marathon

Sunday’s London Marathon will take place amid a climate of heightened security and increased vigilance following the fatal bomb attacks that plunged the Boston Marathon into tragedy. The twin blasts that killed three and wounded more than 180 in Boston on Monday have prompted organisers of the London race to…

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