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Gov. Chris Christie: Slow progress on New Jersey medical marijuana isn’t ‘crisis’

Gov. Christie: "No crisis" because only one medical pot shop open (via NJ.com) JERSEY CITY — Gov. Chris Christie said the slow progress of the medical marijuana program in New Jersey, where hundreds of people are waiting to obtain the drug from the state’s lone supplier, is not a “crisis.”…

Vatican and Iran fight UN’s efforts to stop violence against women

The Vatican, Iran and other religious states are resisting efforts by a UN conference, which started Monday, to demand tougher global standards to prevent violence against women and children. More than 6,000 non-government groups are registered at the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women, one of the biggest…

Ikea files suit against meatball supplier over horsemeat

The Swedish producer of the Ikea meatballs found to contain horsemeat said it filed a police report Monday against a Swedish supplier that bought the tainted meat from two Polish abattoirs. “We don’t know where in the chain the crime has been committed,” said Ola Larsson, a spokesman for Dafgaard,…

Mexican drug lord booted from ‘Forbes’ top billionaires list

A feared Mexican drug lord who made an unusual addition to Forbes’ list of top billionaires has been dropped from the latest ranking because his assets are hard to calculate, the magazine said. The 2013 list, which came out Monday with another Mexican, telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim, at the top,…

Biden to pro-Israel lobby: Obama not bluffing about military force against Iran

Vice-president tells Aipac that military option remains on the table for Obama to prevent Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon Barack Obama‘s threats to use military force to prevent Iran securing a nuclear weapon are more than idle bluffs, vice-president Joe Biden told the biggest pro-Israeli lobbying group Aipac on Monday. Biden said that while…

Netanyahu says Iran is near the ‘red line’ on nuclear program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that diplomacy has so far failed to deter Iran from pursuing its nuclear program, warning it was getting closer to crossing a crucial “red line.” “Iran is getting closer to that red line, and it is putting itself in that position to cross…

Prosecutor: Berlusconi hosted ‘prostitution system’ in Milan villa

Silvio Berlusconi hosted a “prostitution system” at his villa near Milan, where he paid women for sex with cash and favours, a prosecutor at the former prime minister’s trial said on Monday. Prosecutor Antonio Sangermano was presenting his final arguments ahead of a verdict expected later this month in Berlusconi’s…

Gay and lesbian couples look to Obama on immigration rights

Erwin de Leon married a US citizen nearly three years ago, but the Filipino is still in immigration limbo for one simple reason — his spouse is a man. De Leon and his husband John Beddingfield, the rector at an Episcopal church in Washington, were wed in the US capital…

Hackers attack top Czech news websites

Hackers attacked several top Czech news websites on Monday, overloading them with hundreds of thousands of requests per second to make them inaccessible, publishers said. “News servers have been facing a massive DDos (Distributed Denial of Service) attack since 8:30 am (0730 GMT),” iDNES.cz, the website of the top-selling Czech…

Queen Elizabeth II hospitalized for symptoms of gastroenteritis

Update: Queen Elizabeth II was released Monday morning, according to CNN. Queen Elizabeth II was spending Monday in hospital suffering from the symptoms of gastroenteritis, having been admitted for the first time in 10 years. The British monarch was not expected to leave the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in…

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