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Taiwanese tree-top protest continues into 11th day

AFP – A Taiwanese activist’s unusual tree-top protest went into its 11th day Sunday and Pan Han-chiang vowed to continue until a local council drops a controversial development project. The government of New Taipei City, on the outskirts of the capital, plans to build a swimming pool and an underground…

Bitcoin price bubble soars to record as investors grow nervous

AFP – Some call it the most famous pizza purchase in history: In May 2010, a programmer called Laszlo asked an online forum if anyone would buy him a couple of pies in exchange for 10,000 Bitcoins, an experimental online currency launched in 2009. “No weird fish topping or anything…

Women and children killed in shelling near Damascus: report

AFP – At least 15 civilians, including a child and three women, died on Sunday in shelling of towns east of Damascus, a monitoring group said, while tanks pounded rebel enclaves on the Syrian capital’s edges. The army said it had laid siege to rebels east of Damascus, although the…

Netanyahu: Israel will not ‘abandon our fate’ to U.S. strategic interests

AFP – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel cannot rely on any other country, even an ally, when it comes to facing up to the perceived nuclear threat from Iran. “We appreciate the efforts of the international community to halt Iran’s nuclear programme,” Netanyahu said in a speech…

Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza

A rocket fired from Gaza crashed into southern Israel on Sunday, without causing casualties or damage, shortly after the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kerry on a peace bid, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP the rocket landed in an uninhabited sector of the Negev desert,…

Rick Santorum’s plan to revitalize the GOP: Defund Planned Parenthood

In a fundraising email sent Sunday, former Pennsylvanian Sen. Rick Santorum warned that social conservatives were being pushed out of the Republican Party. The former GOP presidential candidate said he had a three point plan to prevent the Republican Party from abandoning social conservatives and destroying itself. His plan consisted…

Iran blames U.S. for provoking North Korea showdown

Iran’s foreign ministry on Sunday urged against “provocative conduct” in the Korean peninsula, saying stability there has been compromised by an American military build-up, media reported. “Our advice to all sides involved is to not stoke tensions by engaging in provocative conduct,” ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in remarks reported…

NATO air strike kills 10 children in Afghanistan: officials

A NATO air attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed 10 children, officials said Sunday, the latest case of civilian casualties which provoke great anger in the war-torn country. The children were killed during a joint Afghan-NATO operation in the Shigal district of restive Kunar province bordering Pakistan late on Saturday.…

Nazi hunters: Australia has failed to act against Holocaust perpetrators

The Israel branch of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre on Sunday criticised Australia and several other countries for failing to do enough to bring perpetrators of the Holocaust to justice. The centre’s 12th annual report on efforts to hunt down Nazis accuses a raft of nations of failing to prosecute or…

Study shows biking to work will keep you healthy

Bike commuting is one of the most effective ways to promote general healthy, according to new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. That’s not a surprise of course, as anyone who spends a lot of time bicycling knows. And of course bicycling has…  …

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