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BMW takes ‘great leap forward’ into electric car market

BMW on Monday took the bold strategic step of revealing its first all-electric car, and said it plans to clinch a significant share of a market still in its infancy. Launching its BMW i3 model, the German group compared the prospects of the electric car market to the technical revolution…

‘Zonkey’ — rare donkey-zebra hybrid born in Italy

Zonkey — Rare Zebra Donkey Hybrid Born In Italy (VIDEO) (via Planetsave) A very rare animal — a Zonkey, the hybrid between a male zebra and a female donkey — was recently born at an animal reserve in Italy, just outside of the city of Florence. And we have pictures…

Judge to announce verdict in Bradley Manning case on Tuesday

(Reuters) – The judge in the court martial of Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, accused of spilling secrets to Wikileaks, said the verdict will be read on Tuesday. Manning, 25, who is accused of the biggest leak of classified information in the nation’s history, is charged with 21 criminal…

FBI arrests 150 people in child sex trafficking operation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI arrested 150 people across the United States for holding children against their will for prostitution, a three-day weekend sweep that officials on Monday called the largest-ever operation of its kind. The suspects were arrested in 76 U.S. cities and are expected to face state and…

New York offers latest luxury: Five-star ‘outdoor bedroom’ atop skyscraper

In the concrete jungle of New York City, where open sky can be hard to find, the latest luxury offering is a night under the stars — or, under twinkling city lights, at least. From terraces and high-rise balconies atop Art Deco buildings or glass-walled modern structures, this new breed…

Afghan women’s rights at risk in peace process: UN watchdog

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – Women’s rights in Afghanistan risk being further undermined in the fragile country’s peace process due to entrenched patriarchal attitudes, a United Nations watchdog warned on Monday. Afghan women have made hard-fought gains in education and work since the collapse of the Taliban government in…

Watchdog alleges Apple employs minors and imposes excessive overtime in China factories

BEIJING — Three Chinese factories making Apple products impose excessive overtime and employ minors, a US-based advocacy group said Monday, in the latest allegations of labour violations against the US tech giant’s suppliers. The iPhone and iPad maker has faced pressure to better oversee often-poor manufacturing conditions in China since…

In cash-strapped Detroit, few critics question new sports arena funding

By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) – While Detroit has become a top emblem of U.S. urban economic decline with its recent bankruptcy filing, it remains a resilient and vibrant sports town. Major League Baseball’s Tigers and the National Football League’s Lions, like teams in other U.S. cities, have obtained public…

Pope says Catholic ban on women priests ‘definitive’

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis said the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on women priests is “definitive” although he would like them to have more leadership roles in its administration and pastoral activities. The pope, speaking to reporters on Sunday night aboard the plane taking him home from a week-long visit…

Lautenberg and Booker’s tortured rivalry revealed in New Jersey senate campaign

Days before Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced he wanted to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Frank Lautenberg in December, the two men’s top aides tried to negotiate over the phone. Lautenberg Chief of Staff Dan Katz…  …

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