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Obama urges Africa’s leaders to ‘serve their people’

US President Barack Obama warned Sunday that Africa could only fulfil its rising potential with leaders who strive to improve the lives of their people, decrying “thugs and warlords” who hold back the promise of the continent. In a strident call for democratic change and good governance, Obama used the…

Gulf states, EU agree to push Syria peace talks

The Gulf Arab nations and the European Union pledged Sunday to pool their efforts to help convene a peace conference on Syria, as they wrapped up a one-day ministerial meeting in Bahrain. The gathering attended by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf…

Study: Mega-quakes behind ‘sinking volcano’ phenomenon

Massive earthquakes can cause distant volcanoes to sink, according to research in Japan and Chile published on Sunday. The magnitude 9.0 tsunami-generating quake that occurred off northeastern Japan in 2011 caused subsidence of up to 15 centimetres (9.3 inches) in a string of volcanoes on the island of Honshu as…

Chad’s former dictator arrested in Senegal

Senegalese authorities detained former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre on Sunday, the first step towards a trial on charges of crimes against humanity that is seen by many as a milestone for African justice. The man once dubbed “Africa’s Pinochet” also stands accused of war crimes and torture during his eight…

Unique institute unites capitalists who want to save the world

The consultant holds a russet ankle boot in his right hand, gesturing as if it were a conductor’s baton. Robert Reich, a University of Colorado business professor, is providing some blunt-spoken mentoring at the Unreasonable Institute, a summer camp for capitalists who want to change the world. Facing Reich, a…

European Union says U.S. spying claims could affect free trade

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding on Sunday warned that landmark negotiations with the United States to create a vast free trade zone could be affected if media reports that Washington had bugged EU premises proved true. “There should be no spying between partners. We can’t negotiate a large transatlantic market…

Mike Huckabee: I’m no homophobe, but same-sex marriage like polygamy and prostitution

Fox News host Mike Huckabee lashed out at the U.S. Supreme Court on his show Sunday morning, claiming the justices were “extremist” for their landmark marriage rulings. He falsely claimed that same-sex marriage was “newer than Google or the iPod,” ignoring the fact that the Roman empire didn’t outlaw same-sex…

Sightseeing helicopter makes emergency landing in Hudson River

(Reuters) – A sightseeing helicopter made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York City on Sunday and all five people aboard were rescued unharmed, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The Bell 206 helicopter landed in the river near West 79th Street about noon EDT, police said. The…

Senator Charles Schumer: GOP-led House will pass immigration reform

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives will bow to political pressure and pass the immigration bill approved by the Democratic-led Senate by the end of the year, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer predicted on Sunday. Schumer, a member of the bipartisan Senate group that crafted the…

Pope’s ‘gay lobby’ remarks ignite questions about ‘bunga bunga’ scene

A tide of lurid speculation, questionable accusations and possible blackmail attempts is buffeting the Vatican following Pope Francis’s claim that he is preparing to tackle a gay lobby secretly at work behind the Holy See’s walls. The new pope’s private comments to a group of visiting South American churchmen, which…

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