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PETA angry over plan to control Guam’s snake population with toxic dead mice

As overpopulation threatens bird species, US government is planning to kill snakes by dropping poisoned mice from planes Animal activists have dismissed as “absurd” and “cruel” the American government’s plans to bombard Guam from the air with toxic dead mice in a bid to curtail the spread of invasive snakes.…

Brazil cardinal suggests church look to Latin America for new pope

Catholicism in Latin America is “lively and dynamic,” Brazilian Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis said Sunday, suggesting that the church look to Latin America for leadership. Damasceno is one of the the 117 “cardinal electors” that will participate in the upcoming conclave to elect a new pope. No favorite has to…

North Carolina stirs controversy over special licenses for undocumented immigrants

North Carolina will begin to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants who have been granted “lawful presence” in the country — but North Carolina is drawing criticism for how it will issue those licenses, reported Fox 8. Licenses will be available to those who fall under the Deferred Action for…

Harris-Perry guest: States with strong background check laws have fewer suicides

On her Sunday show, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry discussed the ongoing debate on how best to fight gun violence, noting that some favor more restrictions while others prefer more guns. A number of states — including Arizona, California, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Tennessee — are currently considering proposals that would allow…

UN ‘deeply concerned’ by Darfur tribal fighting

The UN on Sunday expressed deep concern over the latest deadly tribal violence in Sudan’s Darfur region, which has hampered assistance for tens of thousands of people forced to flee earlier fighting. Residents in the town of El Sireaf said an Arab militia firing heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades…

Heat stress from global warming reduces labor efficiency: study

Heat stress from global warming may be having an impact on outdoor work productivity in hot regions like northern Australia, Southeast Asia and the southern United States, a study said Sunday. In recent decades, rising temperatures and higher humidity reduced labour capacity, on paper at least, by 10 percent during…

Senate committee to vote on Treasury nominee Jack Lew

The US Senate Finance Committee said it will vote Tuesday on the appointment of Jack Lew — who played an active role in talks that led to massive looming spending cuts — as Treasury secretary. Lew, who was tapped last month to succeed Timothy Geithner in the key cabinet position,…

British Museum to showcase ancient relics from Pompeii

A bronze tap from a garden fountain, a street sign settling a boundary dispute, a clothes chest, a loaf of bread: some of the objects to survive the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79 heading to the British Museum were so recently excavated that dark volcanic clay still clings to…

James Bond’s Aston Martin on sale for $4.6 million

James Bond’s famous Aston Martin car, complete with hidden machine guns and a smoke screen, is now up for grabs for a cool three million pounds, a Swiss weekly reported Sunday. Swiss millionaire Thomas Straumann put the vehicle up for sale in Britain with a price tag of three million…

Afghan president: U.S. special forces creating ‘insecurity and instability’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded Sunday the withdrawal of US special forces from Wardak within two weeks, accusing them of fuelling “insecurity and instability” in the volatile province neighbouring the capital Kabul. “In today’s national security council meeting… President Karzai ordered the ministry of defence to kick out the US…

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