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Kansas’ new anti-abortion law highlights divide between states

Brownback is defending his proposal to cancel a scheduled drop in the state sales tax to stabilize the budget while pursuing income tax cuts.(John Hanna/AP) Kansas…  …

Lebanon’s new prime minister insists on neutrality in Syrian conflict

Lebanon’s premier-designate Tammam Salam told AFP on Saturday that he supports the freedom of the Syrian people while insisting his country remain neutral in its neighbour’s civil war. “My position is that I am on the side of the Syria people; I support the freedom and the sovereignty of the…

Brazil investigates popular former president Lula on corruption charges

Brazil has opened a probe into claims linking popular ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to a corruption scandal, threatening to cast a shadow over his political legacy and future. The Public Ministry ordered police Friday to investigate an alleged payoff by Portugal Telecom to the ruling Workers’ Party during…

Multi-ethnic couples reflect Bosnia’s growing diversity

Sandra Zaimovic, a Catholic Bosnian Croat and her husband Rusmir, a Bosnian Muslim, are looking forward to celebrating both Eid and Christmas with their new baby this year. Couples of different ethnicity like the Zaimovics were a rarity in the years following the 1992-1995 war which divided Bosnia along ethnic…

Foreign wind farms cause uproar in Mexican villages

Foreign energy firms have flocked to a narrow region of southern Mexico, known as one of the world’s windiest places, to build towering wind turbines, but some projects have angered and torn indigenous villages. The construction of wind farms has soared across Mexico, with the gusty Isthmus of Tehuantepec in…

Salt-based solar thermal power plant takes shape in Nevada

The notorious Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant near Tonopah, Nevada passed another milestone this month, as workers finished placing receiver panels on top of a 540-foot tower that forms the centerpiece of the facility. Crescent Dunes is based on molten salt thermal technology and we say notorious…  …

Majority of Republicans feel America should address climate change

The analysis of environmental polls and surveys conducted in the US often focus on the political split between Democrats and Republicans. Unsurprisingly, really, given the public divide between the two parties and the almost Messianic qualities attributed to any one particular candidate, qualities…  …

Archeological dig in remote Turkmenistan reveals rare advanced civilization and Bronze Age treasures

Over four millennia ago, the fortress town of Gonur-Tepe might have been a rare advanced civilisation before it was buried for centuries under the dust of the Kara Kum desert in remote western Turkmenistan. After being uncovered by Soviet archaeologists in the last century, Gonur-Tepe, once home to thousands of…

WikiLeaks Party unveils Australian election plans

Whistleblowing group WikiLeaks unveiled plans Saturday to field candidates in at least three states in Australia’s elections and said it would be “embarrassing” if Julian Assange won but could not take his seat. Assange, Australian-born founder of the controversial WikiLeaks site, announced that he would run for the Senate last…

Court rejects case to take ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’ off the air

Egypt’s Administrative Court threw out on Saturday a lawsuit demanding a popular TV satire show be taken off air and its broadcaster shut down, a judicial source said. An Islamist lawyer brought the case, accusing controversial political comedian Bassem Youssef of mocking President Mohamed Morsi. The plaintiff also claimed Youssef’s…

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