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Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center launches campaign in Germany to find last perpetrators of the Holocaust

The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center hung posters on the streets of major German cities Tuesday seeking information on the last perpetrators of the Holocaust still at large nearly 70 years on. The 2,000 placards displayed in cities including Berlin feature a chilling black-and-white photograph of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp and…

The new heroes of South Korean cinema are North Korean spies

They are handsome, daring, patriotic and multi-lingual elite fighters who dodge bullets while remaining loyal to their women and families. Meet the new heroes of South Korean cinema — North Korean spies. Portrayed by Hollywood as merciless terrorists in films such as “White House Down”, South Korean film is increasingly…

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales explains its new mission to be ‘mainstream’

Wikipedians plan more outreach for teachers, better tools for developers and simpler editing tools to increase their audience Wikipedia is expanding its major new ‘open data‘ initiative, expanding tools that allow developers to use its content on other websites and simplifying its editing tools to appeal to more mainstream web…

Obama pledges to make D.C. and the media ‘refocus on the economy’

President Barack Obama pledged to unveil “bold” ideas to help America’s struggling middle class as part of a fresh offensive to boost the economy. Speaking to members of the Organizing for Action (OFA) group, the US leader previewed speeches on the economy he is due to make later this week.…

Five-year pause in global temperature rise due to warming of deep oceans

A recent slowdown in the upward march of global temperatures is likely to be the result of the slow warming of the deep oceans, British scientists said on Monday. Oceans are some of the Earth’s biggest absorbers of heat, which can be seen in effects such as sea level rises,…

Montenegro to hold its first gay pride parade

Traditionally conservative Montenegro is to hold its first ever gay pride parade later this week in the coastal town of Budva, organisers said Monday. “The first Montenegrin gay parade will be held on Wednesday, July 24, in front of the walls of Budva’s old town,” a centuries-old tourist resort on…

Al Jazeera America to launch August 20

The US news channel of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera will be launched August 20, the group said Monday as it unveiled its top executive team. Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director for international operations, has been named interim chief executive officer of Al-Jazeera America, and ABC News veteran Kate O’Brian has been named…

Southwest flight lands without front landing gear at NYC’s LaGuardia Airport

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Southwest Airlines plane flying from Nashville to New York City landed without its nose gear at LaGuardia airport on Monday but no one was hurt, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said. Flight 345, which left Nashville, Tennessee, at 1:55 p.m., reported possible…

Reemergence of the bumblebee delights and perplexes scientists

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – A North American bumblebee species that all but vanished from about half of its natural range has re-emerged in Washington state, delighting scientists who voiced optimism the insect might eventually make a recovery in the Pacific Northwest. Entomologists and bee enthusiasts in recent…

Former aide sues San Diego mayor over sexual harassment

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Mayor Bob Filner, facing pressure to resign over allegations of making lewd comments and unwanted advances toward women, was hit on Monday with a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former aide who accused the 70-year-old mayor of asking her to “get naked” and…

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