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Monster crocodile traps tourist on Australian island

A tourist has had a lucky escape after being trapped on a remote Australian island for two weeks by a monster six-metre (20-foot) crocodile, reports said Monday. The New Zealander, identified only as Ryan, was dropped with his kayak on Governor Island off Western Australia’s far north by boat and…

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom plans to launch new political party in New Zealand

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom announced Monday he will launch a political party in New Zealand to contest next year’s elections, drawing a scornful response from Prime Minister John Key. Dotcom said his plans were still embryonic but the yet-to-be-named party would launch on January 20, the second anniversary of an…

French lawmakers ‘to see proof Syria regime behind attack’

France will hand over evidence to lawmakers on Monday proving President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was behind last month’s chemical weapons attack in Syria, a government source told AFP. “It will be a set of evidence of different kinds that will allow the regime to be clearly identified as responsible for…

Pakistan orders fresh murder charges against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf

Pakistan police on Monday registered murder charges against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the death of a radical cleric during the siege of a mosque in 2007. It is the latest in a series of charges dating back to Musharraf’s 1999-2008 rule, which the retired general has…

Afghan Taliban attack U.S. base near Pakistan border

Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen dressed as Afghan police attacked a US base near the Pakistani border on Monday, sparking a shootout that left all three assailants dead, officials said. No member of the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan was killed in the assault on the base in Nangarhar province,…

Snowden files reveal NSA spied on Brazil and Mexico presidents: Glenn Greenwald

The US National Security Agency spied on the communications of the Brazilian and Mexican presidents, accessing the Mexico leader’s emails before he was elected, Brazil’s Globo television reported. Rio de Janeiro-based journalist Glenn Greenwald, a columnist for the Guardian newspaper who obtained secret files from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, told…

FBI increases surveillance of Syrians in U.S.: NYT

The FBI has beefed up its surveillance of Syrians living in the United States ahead of a possible US military attack on Syria, The New York Times reported Sunday. The domestic intelligence agency and the Department of Homeland Security have also alerted federal agencies and private firms that any US…

Cattle ranching goes green in the Brazilian Amazon

In a remote corner of the Brazilian Amazon, farmer Lacir Soares is promoting sustainable cattle rearing that shuns deforestation and meets the environmental requirements of a new forestry law. His venture, supported by the cattle industry and environmentalists, illustrates how things are changing in the Amazon region. Over the past…

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……

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