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Scientist warns capacity to grow food is plateauing in many parts of the world

Countries may not be able to increase food production because many staple crops are close to their physiological growing limits Britain and other countries may not be able to increase the amount of food they grow because many staple crops are close to their physiological growing limits, one of the…

U.S. mega corps shun popular agreement to let unions inspect Bangladesh factories

AFP - Seventy top retailers have pledged to improve worker safety and allow inspection of all of their garment factories in Bangladesh within nine months under a pact signed with unions after a deadly factory collapse, a statement said Monday. Repairs and renovations resulting from the inspections will also be carried…

Leftist lawyer Bahaa Eldin a top choice to assume Egypt’s presidency

Egypt’s interim president will likely appoint centre-left business lawyer Ziad Bahaa Eldin as prime minister within 24 hours, a presidential aide told AFP on Sunday. The president, Adly Mansour, was also leaning towards picking Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei as vice president, after Islamists objected to an initial proposal to appoint…

Libyan march demands end to militia violence

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the Libyan capital on Sunday to demand the departure of militias and “illegitimate brigades” and the creation of an army and police force, an AFP journalist said. The protesters thronged Algiers Square in the capital from mid-morning to demand the implementation of a General National…

Mexicans brave the streets to vote amid intensifying violence

Mexicans were voting in local elections in 14 states on Sunday with one key governorship at stake after a campaign marred by violence against candidates. The governor’s seat in Baja California state, held by the conservative National Action Party (PAN) opposition for the past 24 years, was the biggest prize…

Tens of thousands of Egyptians celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

A sea of flags fluttered wildly Sunday as tens of thousands of people staged a show of force in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to back the army’s ouster of Egypt’s first freely elected president. As the crowds grew larger and larger, a military aircraft flew low over the capital, leaving behind…

Israel looks to force ultra-Orthodox Jews into military service

The Israeli government on Sunday approved a draft law which will spell the end of a system which has seen tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox exempt from military service. The draft bill, which passed in the cabinet and later in the day in the ministerial committee for legislation, still faces…

Russian official: Asylum in Venezuela is Snowden’s ‘last chance’

Venezuela‘s offer of asylum could be NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden‘s “last chance” to avoid extradition to the US, an influential member of the Russian parliament suggested Sunday. Alexei Pushkov, who chairs the Duma’s foreign affairs committee and is seen to have the ear of the Kremlin, made the comment in a tweet, having previously stated his…

Thousands call for Yemen to be broken up

Thousands of people rallied in south Yemen on Sunday’s 19th anniversary of the civil war that was won by the north to demand secession for the south. “No union and no federation — no to the occupation!” the crowds chanted in the Hadramawt provincial capital of Mukalla, an AFP correspondent…

Botched circumcisions during initiation ritual kill 30 in South Africa

Botched circumcisions killed 30 young men and landed almost 300 more in hospital during traditional initiation rites in a South African province, the health department said Sunday. The 30 deaths in rural Eastern Cape province occurred during the annual season when young males undergo a rite of passage into manhood.…

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