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Dutch restaurant chain to offer cannabis mayo on French fries

A chain of Dutch chip shops is to start offering cannabis mayonnaise on their fries, but the resulting snack will not give you the munchies or make you high. “I had the idea because I smell the cannabis coming from the coffee shop opposite my chip shop in Amsterdam every…

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell fails to disclose connection to natural gas firm in pro-fracking column

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Recently, we wrote about former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell’s connections to the natural gas industry after he published a pro-fracking op-ed in The New York Daily News. Following our story, Rendell’s column 2014 which called on New York officials to lift a ban on the drilling…

Strong earthquake hits southern Iran

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake has hit southern Iran, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the quake, which struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), was located about 90 kilometers southeast of Bandar Bushehr, the USGS said.…

Carnival cruise group expands in Asia

Carnival, the world’s largest cruise group, unveiled its Asian expansion plans on Tuesday, predicting the regional market for leisure voyages will grow dramatically within the decade. Southeast Asia in particular will be a key focus, the company said as it announced that one of its brands, Princess Cruises, will operate…

French agency: Pregnant women’s exposure to certain plastics can lead to breast cancer for children

France’s food safety agency raised the alarm anew Tuesday over the use of bisphenol A, a chemical found in certain plastics, saying it said may expose unborn children to breast cancer later in life. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a common component of plastic bottles and canned food and drink…

Saudi Arabia denies reports of court-ordered paralysis

Saudi Arabia denied on Tuesday reports that a court in the kingdom has ordered a punishment of paralysis for a man who committed a crime that paralysed another man. The reports about the sentence, which sparked condemnation after Amnesty International urged the Saudi authorities to annul it, were “false,” a…

Indonesia fears bird flu outbreak could cause shuttlecock shortage

Badminton-crazy Indonesia is concerned a deadly bird-flu outbreak could claim an unlikely victim — the shuttlecock. Jakarta is to halt the import of all Chinese poultry products, including dried duck feathers used in the shuttlecocks, after the new H7N9 bird flu strain killed seven people and made 24 ill in…

WikiLeaks: U.S. accused Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos of staging ‘military drag show’

Then-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos forced his military chiefs to parade as women during a tasteless, sycophantic birthday party planned by his unstable wife, according to US diplomatic cables. The US ambassador to the Philippines in the mid-1970s, William Sullivan, wrote a series of blistering criticisms of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos…

U.S. Treasury chief Lew asks ‘able’ countries to drive economic growth

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged countries with the “capacity” to help spur growth, after talks with his German counterpart here on Tuesday. Lew told a joint press conference with Wolfgang Schaeuble that the driver of economic growth would be consumer demand, adding “policies that will help drive consumer demand…

Microsoft and Oracle ask European Union to ‘protect competition’ against Google Android

Google was in the firing line again on Tuesday after a group of major companies, including Microsoft and Oracle, complained to the European Commission over Google’s offerings for Android-powered mobile phones. “We are asking the Commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market,”…

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