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North Korea to restart nuclear reactor to fuel arms program

North Korea said Tuesday it would restart a nuclear reactor to feed its atomic weapons programme, in its clearest rebuff yet to UN sanctions at the heart of soaring tensions on the Korean peninsula. The announcement was the latest in a series of aggressive statements by Pyongyang that have prompted…

Martin Scorsese appeals for ‘visual literacy’: Not all images should be ‘consumed like fast food’

Film director Martin Scorsese urged Americans to pay greater heed to “visual literacy” and to embrace their rich cinema heritage before it literally fades away. Scorsese appealed for a greater national commitment to film restoration and preservation when he delivered the annual Jefferson humanities lecture at the John F. Kennedy…

Traffic police herd Kathmandu’s holy cows

Police in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu have launched a campaign to round up cows roaming the streets, blaming the sacred animals for car accidents and traffic jams. “The stray cows and oxen have been a big nuisance in Kathmandu streets. They not only cause accidents, but also make the streets untidy,”…

A ‘like’ for linguistics: Can social media save Mexico’s unwritten languages?

A sign with Facebook’s ‘Like’ logo is posted at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Many indigenous languages alive in Mexico today don’t have any formal written system, but a growing number of young people, computer savvy and sometimes far from home, want to Facebook…  …

Rio police hunt for third suspect in brutal rape of American student

Police were searching for a third suspect in the rape of an American student who was violated as her French boyfriend looked on during a horrific six-hour abduction aboard a Rio minibus. The crime raised fears ahead of World Youth Day in July, when the city is set to welcome…

Tech industry hindered by lack of highly skilled immigrants

As the US government opened up visa applications Monday for highly skilled immigrants, debate flared anew on the tech sector’s demands to be able to hire more foreign workers. The US tech sector has long complained of a shortage of workers with specialized skills, but the debate is further complicated…

‘Buckwild’ reality TV star Shain Gandee found dead on logging road

Officials in West Virginia are investigating the death of a 21-year-old reality TV star after his body was found Monday in a vehicle on an remote logging road. Cable network MTV said on its website that Shain Gandee, 21, from its hit series “Buckwild,” was among three people found dead…

U.S. criticizes ‘unnecessary’ EU rules on genetically modified crops

The United States on Monday criticized “unnecessary” European Union rules against genetically modified US crop imports as it prepares to enter free-trade talks with the EU. EU restrictions notably have resulted in delays in the approval of new GM traits “despite positive assessments by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA),”…

Three feared dead in chopper crash near Alaska peak

Three people were feared dead after a helicopter crashed while rescuing a stranded snowmobiler near the highest peak in North America, officials said Monday. The rescue helicopter scrambled late Saturday to search for the snowmobiler on Larson Lake, near Talkeetna in Alaska, a center for climbers trying to scale nearby…

Barbara Walters laughs off talk of retirement

US television news icon Barbara Walters, 83, laughed off reports of her imminent retirement Monday, indicating she has no immediate plans to draw a line under her long and storied career. Chatting with Whoopi Goldberg and other fellow co-hosts of her ABC daytime talk show “The View,” a vivacious Walters…

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