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Japan’s whale ‘research’ a flashpoint in global dispute over international ban on commercial whaling

Japan says the work that goes on at the Institute of Cetacean Research is crucial for studying whale populations; critics counter it is a way to get around an international ban on commercial whaling. The institute can be found in a nondescript white-brick office building in Tokyo’s port district. Down…

GM, Ford and Chrysler post best U.S. sales since 2007

General Motors (NYSE: GM – news) , Ford (NYSE: F – news) and Chrysler (Xetra: 710000 – news) reported their best US sales performances since 2007 on Tuesday amid booming overall auto demand following the US industry’s near-collapse five years ago. Total (NYSE: TOT – news) industry sales rose 3.4…

United Nations adopts global treaty on conventional arms trade

The UN General Assembly on Tuesday passed the first treaty regulating the conventional arms trade in an attempt to bring transparency and protection of human rights to the often murky industry. Only Syria, North Korea and Iran — which had blocked the measure last week — voted against, but two…

Hillary Clinton supporters launch website to urge 2016 White House bid

Supporters of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton are laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 White House bid, officially launching a website Tuesday that features photos of the would-be candidate and plenty of praise. The site — www.readyforhillary.com — belongs to the Ready for Hillary super PAC (political action…

North Korea bans South from joint industrial zone

North Korea told South Korea on Wednesday that it was banning access to their Kaesong joint industrial park, but said South Koreans in the complex would be allowed to leave, officials said. The Kaesong industrial complex is a crucial source of hard currency for the regime in Pyongyang and seen…

Activist deaths and postponed peacetalks highlight struggle over land in Colombia

At least two peasant leaders in Colombia have been murdered in the past several weeks, heightening concerns about the security of opposition figures and human rights defenders as the government and leftist rebels try to negotiate an end to the country’s nearly 50-year-old internal conflict. The head…  …

Steve Jobs had a hand in next two generations of iPhone: report

A new Apple iPhone, probably dubbed the iPhone 5S, could arrive as soon as late summer. (Reuters) Later this year, Apple will unveil a new iPhone, likely…  …

Connecticut responds to Newtown with groundbreaking gun control laws

Three months after a gunman killed 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut is passing one of the…  …

Diabetes link to low sleep hormone levels: study

A decrease in levels of the sleep hormone melatonin has been linked to an increased risk of adult onset diabetes, according to a study published Tuesday. Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 370 women with diabetes were compared with 370 women of the same race…

John Kerry denounces ‘unacceptable rhetoric’ from the North Korea

The United States vowed to defend itself and its regional allies Tuesday after North Korea again stepped up its warlike rhetoric and the UN warned that the crisis could spin out of control. Standing side-by-side with counterpart South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, US Secretary of State John Kerry denounced…

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