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New fracking touted as Quebec eyes energy boom

Fresh moose tracks dot the ground where plans are afoot to dig for oil. Quebec’s largest energy firm, Petrolia, is eyeing an estimated 40 billion barrels of oil beneath the surface of Anticosti Island, an ecological gem at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence. But it has caused a rift…

Scam artists use fake ‘snake checks’ to gain access to victims in Napa County

‘Snake scammers’ hunting in Napa County (via SFBay) Scam artists posing as animal control officers on the hunt for poisonous snakes have struck again — this time in Napa County. Sheriff’s officials said an American Canyon residence was ripped off Friday evening after a man and woman knocked on the……

Crop pests moving polewards through global warming

Crop-damaging insects, bacteria, fungus and viruses are moving poleward by nearly three kilometres (two miles) each year, helped by global warming, a study said on Sunday. A team at Britain’s University of Exeter trawled through two huge databases to chart the latitude and dates for the earliest record of 612…

Syrians mock Obama the ‘coward’

“He who talks a lot doesn’t act,” said Souad, a Damascus resident, mocking US President Barack Obama as a “coward” for delaying a decision to attack the Syrian regime. “Obama is a coward. He didn’t strike because he knows that our President Bashar (al-Assad) is all-powerful,” said the employee of…

MDMA suspected in deaths, hospitalizations at New York City rave music festival

The New York City Mayor’s Office announced today that the annual Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s Island has been cancelled after two attendees died — and another four were transported to the hospital in critical condition — after apparently ingesting the drug MDMA (a component of “ecstasy” known colloquially…

Syrian refugee: ‘Obama lied to us’

Inside the Zaatari camp the mood is bleak among those who have fled the war and now feel the US has deserted them Across the camp, five miles inside Jordan, Syrian refugees gathered in small groups to listen to Barack Obama. Some watched on al-Jazeera TV, others tuned in to…

Nelson Mandela home but not out of the woods, say friends and family

Although the former South African president has been sent home from hospital, he is still in a critical and unstable condition The world’s most crowded and speculated-upon bedside vigil took a fresh turn on Sunday when Nelson Mandela was sent home from hospital, though still in a critical and sometimes…

Winston Churchill’s shocking use of chemical weapons

The use of chemical weapons in Syria has outraged the world. But it is easy to forget that Britain has used them – and that Winston Churchill was a powerful advocate for them Secrecy was paramount. Britain’s imperial general staff knew there would be outrage if it became known that…

Racist vandalism at financial aid office sparks hate crimes investigation at UC Davis

Police at the University of California, Davis are investigating a string of recent vandalism incidents as a possible hate crime. Late last Sunday night or early the following morning, an unknown person smashed car windshields, shattered campus windows, and wrote a racial epithet on a chalkboard. “Broken windows, broken buildings…

Egypt expels three Al-Jazeera journalists for biased reporting

Egypt on Sunday expelled three foreign journalists working as freelancers for Al-Jazeera television’s English channel, the state news agency MENA reported. Airport security officials, quoted by MENA, said the three men left on a flight to London. Correspondent Wayne Haye, a New Zealander, South African cameraman Adil Bradlow and Irish…

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