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Climate change linked to violent behavior

Bring on the cool weather – climate change is predicted to cause extreme weather, more intense storms, more frequent floods and droughts, but could it also cause us to be more violent with one another? A new study from scientists in the US controversially draws a link between increased rates…

Madonna and Lady Gaga accused of breaking Russian visa rules

Russian officials are considering prosecution against Lady Gaga and Madonna after discovering they entered the country under incorrect paperwork. The office of Russia’s prosecutor general has issued a statement confirming that neither singer obtained an appropriate visa prior to performing there last year. Madonna, who played in August 2012, and…

U.S. gives seal of approval to Egypt’s new leaders

By Maggie Fick and Angus MacSwan CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi prepared for confrontation on Friday, and the United States said Egypt’s military had been “restoring democracy” when it drove him from office. Thousands were gathered in two Muslim Brotherhood camps in Cairo, defying warnings…

Iran’s president-elect calls Israel ‘wound’ on Muslim world

DUBAI (Reuters) – Two days ahead of his inauguration as Iran’s next president, moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani called Israel a “wound” on the Muslim world that must be removed, and urged Iranians to support the rights of Palestinians, Iranian media reported on Friday. The remarks echoed the strong anti-Israel sentiment…

New Doctor Who to be revealed Sunday

The new Doctor Who will be unveiled in front of a live audience at a special show on Sunday, the BBC announced. Presenter by Zoe Ball will conduct an interview with the new Time Lord, who will replace Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor. “The decision is made and the time…

Pakistan TV preacher defends Ramadan baby give-away

A charismatic Muslim preacher criticised for giving out babies to childless couples live on prime-time Pakistani television denies he is crudely seeking top ratings and insists he is spreading charity. Aamir Liaqat Hussain, one of the biggest stars on Pakistani TV, spoke to AFP as a charity involved in the…

Iran’s Ahmadinejad warns Israel will be ‘uprooted’

Iran’s outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned arch-foe Israel Friday in one of his last public speeches that a regional storm was brewing that would “uproot” the Jewish state. “I will inform you with God as my witness, a devastating storm is on the way that will uproot the basis of…

Even when jobs return, Detroit’s workers fall short on skills

By Nick Carey DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has a long list of things to fix in the city and among them is one that may sound surprising: there are not enough skilled workers to fill job openings as they become available. “Every problem in this city…

Accused Fort Hood gunman seeks to renounce U.S. allegiance ahead of trial

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – Accused Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan declared his wish to renounce his U.S. citizenship and military oath in several pages of documents furnished to Fox News on Thursday, days before his court-martial is slated to begin. Hasan, an American-born Muslim and U.S. Army…

After Snowden, no business as usual for U.S. and Russia

By Matt Spetalnick and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After causing weeks of embarrassment for the U.S. intelligence community, the Edward Snowden saga has now cast a shadow over international efforts to end the Syrian civil war and deal with Iran, and could also undermine White House hopes for a…

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