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Blind human rights activist accuses China of violating U.S. deal to secure his freedom

The Chinese human rights activist at the center of a diplomatic crisis a year ago on Tuesday accused Beijing of reneging on the agreement that freed him and urged the United States to intervene. Chen Guangcheng, a blind self-taught lawyer who infuriated authorities by exposing forced abortions, dramatically escaped house…

Survey: One screen isn’t enough for watching TV

American television viewers are increasingly finding that one screen won’t do: almost all have a second-screen device and 87 percent use it while watching shows, a survey said Tuesday. The NPD survey said multitasking consumers are splitting their attention between televisions and their laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other devices. But…

Court sentences Israeli settler to 2 life terms for 1997 Palestinian murders

An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced an extreme rightwing US-born Jewish settler to two life terms in prison for the murder of two Palestinians in 1997. Jack Teitel, 40, was found guilty in January of murdering a bus driver and a shepherd as well as of two separate attempted murders,…

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…

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