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Earthquakes can release sub-sea pockets of methane

Earthquakes can rip open sub-sea pockets of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, according to a study by German and Swiss scientists published on Sunday. Quake-caused methane should be added to the list of heat-trapping carbon emissions that affect the world’s climate system, although the scale of this contribution remains…

University of Southern California faces scrutiny over ‘hostile’ response to rape allegations

Tucker Reed, a student at the University of Southern California, had been dating her boyfriend for several weeks before they got drunk and had sex for the first time on 3 December, 2010. If not quite in love, they were serious about each other, and it should have been the…

Train driver faces judge as Spain mourns crash victims

The driver of a train that hurtled off the rails killing 78 people in Spain faced questioning by a judge on Sunday on suspicion of reckless homicide, as the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela mourned the dead. Flowers and candles were placed at the crash site and at the…

Anthony Weiner’s top aide resigns as mayoral campaign struggles

By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) – The campaign manager who helped to guide Anthony Weiner’s bid for New York City mayor resigned over the weekend, a spokeswoman said on Sunday, as the Democratic former Congressman grapples with slumping poll numbers and fresh revelations of his sexually charged Internet activity. Danny…

Thai navy deployed to fight oil pipeline leak in the Gulf of Thailand

Thai naval vessels joined efforts Sunday to stop hundreds of barrels of oil from a pipeline leak in the Gulf of Thailand reaching the kingdom’s beaches. Roughly 50,000 litres of crude oil spilled into the sea on Saturday about 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of the eastern province…

U.S. Postal Service hopes to be the ‘cutting edge of functional fashion’

Watch out Versace and Chanel. Next year the US Postal Service plans to start selling its own clothing range, based on its uniforms. The planned “Rain, Heat and Snow” brand from the USPS is just one of the new ideas that postal services around the world have come up with…

Barack Obama expresses reservations about Keystone XL pipeline project

Comments give hope to environmental campaigners looking for signs president will not approve controversial tar sands project Barack Obama has given the strongest indication to date that he holds reservations about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, saying the project would not create many jobs and could raise gasoline prices.…

New beer lawsuit could spell trouble for Keystone XL pipeline

Bell’s Brewery, which bills itself as the oldest and largest brewery in Michigan, has just filed a lawsuit against the company Enbridge and if that name doesn’t ring a bell, think back to July 26, 2010 when an Enbridge pipeline broke and spilled…  …

Israel to approve prisoner deal in push to revive Palestinian talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged divided rightists in his cabinet to approve the release of 104 Arab prisoners in order to restart peace talk with the Palestinians. Netanyahu postponed the weekly meeting of ministers by an hour to make sure he had majority support for the measure which…

Colombian judge orders notary to perform same-sex marriage

A Colombian judge ordered a notary to marry a same-sex couple, days after another couple obtained the first civil union in the Latin American country, according to a ruling seen by AFP Saturday. The civil judge in the southwestern city of Cali, Campo Elias Cordoba, made the decision on an…

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