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White House denies claims of collusion with the Taliban

The White House on Monday strongly rejected allegations from Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the United States was colluding with the Taliban to justify the presence of US troops in the country. “That’s categorically false, and nobody believes it,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said when asked about Karzai’s remarks.…

Greenpeace protesters arrested outside Argentina nuclear plant

Some 40 Greenpeace activists were arrested inside an atomic power plant in Argentina on Monday at a protest on the second anniversary of the earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan, the group said. The protesters “were beaten and detained after entering the Embalse nuclear facility in Cordoba” some 700 kilometers…

Judge blocks ‘arbitrary’ ban on giant sodas in New York City

A judge in New York on Monday blocked city mayor Michael Bloomberg’s planned ban on giant sodas, just a few hours before restrictions on the sale of such drinks were due to come into effect. Judge Milton Tingling ruled that the measures to restrict soda servings to a maximum of…

No damage reported after Los Angeles shaken by 4.7-magnitude earthquake

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake Monday shook buildings in Los Angeles, with US seismologists saying it was the strongest to hit the area since 2010, but there were no reports of damage or casualties. The epicenter of the quake was some 11 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Anza, California — about 100…

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman joining conservative think tank

Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will be joining the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative think tank announced on Monday. Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-Independent, will join former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) as a co-chair of the American Internationalism Project, which advocates for a strong U.S. presence in world affairs. “There is an…

Study: Facebook ‘likes’ reveal personal information

Those Facebook ‘likes’ can reveal a lot more than you think. Research released Monday shows patterns from these Facebook preferences can provide surprisingly accurate estimates of the user’s race, age, IQ, sexuality and other personal information. The researchers developed an algorithm which uses Facebook likes — which are publicly available…

New study shows Viagra doesn’t help protect against heart failure

The erectile dysfunction drug commonly known as Viagra is no help against heart failure and should not be taken for it, according to research out Monday that contradicts previous, smaller studies. Some early research had suggested the drug, which can increase blood flow to other parts of the body, might…

Activists say WHO report downplayed effects of Fukushima radiation

Activist physicians on Monday accused the World Health Organization of downplaying the health impact of nuclear fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In a New York symposium marking the two-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown in Japan, the physicians took issue with WHO’s conclusion in a recent report…

Meteorological organization: El Nino and La Nina unlikely to appear in first half of 2013

The El Nino and La Nina climate patterns are unlikely to make an appearance during the first half of this year, the UN’s weather agency said Monday. “Model forecasts and expert opinion suggests that the likelihood of El Nino or La Nina conditions developing during the first half of 2013…

Human rights abuses increase in Iran in 2012

Human rights violations in Iran spiralled in 2012, a United Nations monitor said Monday in a report spotlighting abuses including repression of freedom of speech, torture and secret executions. “There has been an apparent increase in the degree of seriousness of human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran,”…

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