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Byzantine-era treasure unearthed in Jerusalem

Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a Byzantine-era hoard of gold in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced on Monday. Dig director Eilat Mazar described the excavation of 36 gold coins, a gold medallion inscribed with a Jewish ritual candelabrum and a selection of gold and silver jewellery as…

Chevron brings up ‘new evidence’ to fight $19 billion pollution fine in Ecuador

U.S. oil giant Chevron, hit in Ecuador with a record $19 billion fine for pollution, asked Monday for the court to consider what it claimed was “new evidence” the judge in the case was corrupt. In a statement in Quito, the company — which has been castigated by President Rafael…

New documentary shows ‘truth hiding in plain sight’ about Lance Armstrong

A film about Lance Armstrong’s cycling comeback, shot in 2009 but shelved when his doping denials began to unravel, had its own revival Monday, offering fresh perspective on his lies. Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney was granted unprecedented access to Armstrong and his entourage for an entirely different sort of…

Space cadets line up for one-way Mars trip

More than 200,000 people from 140 countries have applied to go to Mars and never return, the group behind an ambitious venture to colonize the inhospitable red planet said Monday. Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch engineer and entrepreneur, plans to establish a permanent base on Mars in a mission he hopes…

Canada issues seven-coin collection honoring Superman’s 75th anniversary

Now that’s a birthday present: Canada is honoring Superman with seven coins to mark the 75th anniversary of the iconic comic character’s creation. The Royal Canadian Mint said Monday it would be issuing the collector’s items — ranging in face value from 50 cents to $75 — in gold, silver…

Verdict in New Delhi bus gangrape trial due on Tuesday

A judge will hand down the verdict Tuesday on four men accused of the fatal gang-rape of an Indian student on a bus, which could see the defendants sentenced to death. The parents of the popular physiotherapy student have been at the forefront of calls for the four to be…

Bank of America to cut 2,100 jobs

Bank of America said Monday it would cut 2,100 jobs from its home mortgage unit as a key driver of the business, refinancing, has slowed down with higher interest rates. Dan Frahm, a spokesman of the country’s second largest bank, also explained that it needs less staff than in the…

Why are Americans so against a strike on Syria? Because of the Iraq debacle

At home and abroad, America’s disastrous war in Iraq hangs over the debate on Syria, feeding skepticism that US military action can deliver as promised. “It’s the elephant in the room,” said Larry Korb, a former Pentagon official and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “Had we…

Yahoo plans a ‘major expansion’ of news gathering

Yahoo News named a new editor-in-chief Monday who comes from The New York Times and promised a “major expansion” of news gathering at the US Internet giant. Megan Liberman, deputy news editor of The New York Times, started on Monday, taking the position which has been vacant since Hillary Frey…

McCain says John Kerry’s comments on Syria strike are ‘unbelievably unhelpful’

US Secretary of State John Kerry was under fire Monday for saying that a proposed US military strike on Syria would be “unbelievably small.” The comment came as Kerry ended a whirlwind diplomatic offensive in Europe aimed at whipping up support abroad for US military action against the Damascus regime,…

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