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Delays mar upgrades to Brazil’s airports ahead of the World Cup

AFP – Delays are plaguing work at airports in seven of the 12 Brazilian cities that will host the World Cup nine months from now, the daily O Globo reported Sunday. Citing a survey by Infraero, the federal airports agency, the paper said the worst delay was in the southern…

Local politician requires penis amputation after ‘enthusiastic’ Viagra overdose

A 66-year-old politician in Colombia underwent a penis amputation after, according to doctors, he “enthusiastically overdosed on Viagra.” The man, who wishes to remain anonymous but claims to be a former member of the Gigante municipal council, went to the hospital after his penis began to ache a few days…

The Islamic Solidarity Games open in Indonesia

The Islamic Solidarity Games got under way in Indonesia on Sunday despite a chaotic run-up to the event and debates over appropriate outfits for Muslim athletes. More than 1,800 athletes from 46 Muslim-populated countries are taking part in the games in the world’s most populous Muslim country, organisers said. “Let’s…

New Egyptian constitution to be voted on in November

A new Egyptian constitution replacing the one suspended on president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster will be put to a referendum by November’s end, a spokesman for the panel drafting the charter said Sunday. The new charter would lead to parliamentary and then presidential elections by mid-2014 according to a timetable set…

Romney announces that adopted black grandson has Gaelic name meaning ‘black’

On Twitter, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced the adoption of his “22nd grandchild,” Kieran James Romney, who is the second twenty-second grandchild he’s acquired in two months. The child, adopted by his son Ben and wife Andelynne, is black. The circumstances of his adoption are unknown. Critics have…

South Africa rhino-poaching toll hits record near 700

Poachers have killed a record 688 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, more than the entire number slaughtered in 2012, according to figures issued Sunday, World Rhino Day. South Africa is home to the world’s biggest rhinoceros population but killings have surged in recent years to feed black…

Fate of 5 US sailors ‘undetermined’ as chopper crashes

A US Navy helicopter crashed into the Red Sea on Sunday and the fate of five crew members “is still being determined,” the military said. The MH-60S Knighthawk was flying with the guided missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence, part of a carrier group dispatched to the region to increase…

Pope Francis lashes out at world economic system for worshiping a ‘god called money’

On Sunday, Pope Francis discarded his prepared remarks for Mass after speaking with an unemployed father-of-three who, according to Reuters, told him that unemployment “oppresses you and wears you out to the depths of your soul.” The pope improvised on this theme for over twenty minutes, saying “I find suffering…

Venezuela receives $5 billion credit line from China

Visiting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Sunday, and said Beijing has granted his country a $5 billion credit line. Maduro, vowing to strengthen the partnership established by his late predecessor Hugo Chavez, used his Twitter account to announce what he called “excellent news” for…

Algae biofuel use cuts carbon emissions 50 to 70 percent when compared to petroleum: study

Algae biofuel still has some catching up to do in the profitability department, but a first-of-its-kind study of a large scale algae biofuel operation puts it very close to petroleum in a key indicator of efficient energy production. That might come…  …

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