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1000 firefighters attack Sun Valley forest fire in Idaho: 5000 homes at stake

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Firefighters readied for a massive ground and air attack on Sunday against a wildfire in central Idaho that has forced the evacuation of some 2,250 homes and threatens the posh Sun Valley ski resort. The fire raging across parched sagebrush, grasslands and pine forests near high-end…

Switzerland may start DNA tests on African asylum seekers suspected of lying about family connections

Some Swiss cantons are demanding systematic DNA tests on asylum seekers — specifically Eritreans — who say they are coming to the country to join family members, a newspaper reported Sunday. Eritreans represent the largest group seeking asylum in Switzerland, with nearly 6,000 requests currently pending in the country. In…

Russia’s sports minister dismisses criticism of anti-gay law: ‘This is an invented problem’

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Sunday accused western media of overplaying the anti-gay issue that has plagued the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. However, Mutko insisted the controversial law was not just about homosexuality but also to protect Russian youth from ‘drugs, drinking and non-traditional relationships’ — the term…

McCain blames Obama for U.S. losing credibility in the Middle East

President Barack Obama’s failure to act amid spiralling violence in Egypt has led the US to lose all credibility in the Middle East, senator John McCain said Sunday. The former presidential rival and influential Republican foreign policy voice said Barack Obama’s failure to follow through on a threat to cut…

Larry Summers would likely raise interest rates faster than Janet Yellen

By Alister Bull WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barring another financial crisis or slide back into recession, the next head of the Federal Reserve is likely to oversee a gradual normalization of monetary policy. But that pace, including the first interest rate hike, might be somewhat quicker under former Treasury Secretary Lawrence…

Bolivian man claims to have lived for 123 years thanks to quinoa and coca leaves

By Santiago Limachi FRASQUIA, Bolivia (Reuters) – Bolivian indigenous farmer Carmelo Flores, who could be the oldest person to have ever lived, attributes his longevity to quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves. Speaking in the 4,000-metre (13,123-feet) high hamlet where he lives in a straw-roofed hut,…

High school teacher Bruce Taterka learns about climate change in Alaska during his latest expedition

This summer, Bruce Taterka spent three weeks in the desolate meadows of northern Alaska as part of a team that studied how climate change is shrinking the tundra and the frozen underground in the Arctic Circle.…  …

Fossil fuel power plants to be shut down in Germany because they’re no longer competitive

RWE has announced in their latest report on their first six months results (press release in German) that they plan to take 3.1 GW of fossil fuel generating capacity off the market. The reason they…  …

Georgia’s ‘establishment’ Republicans pondering strategies to reduce Tea Party clout

Four years after Atlanta saw some of the earliest and biggest tea party rallies in the country, Georgia’s GOP establishment, including Gov. Nathan Deal, are pondering strategies to reduce the right-wing insurgency’s influence on next year’s primary election for a US Senate seat – and on the larger struggle for…

Thousands of hungry and scared Syrian refugees enter Iraq

Faced with brutal violence and soaring prices, thousands of Syrian Kurds have poured into Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, seeking respite from privation and fighting between Kurdish fighters and jihadists. The sudden influx of Syrians across the border, the vast majority of them women, children or elderly, has forced the UN…

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