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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham: Drone strikes have killed 4,700 people

A US senator has said an estimated 4,700 people, including some civilians, have been killed in bombing raids conducted under America’s secretive drone war, local media reported Wednesday. The toll from hundreds of drone-launched missile strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere has remained a mystery, as…

Mitt Romney to address the Conservative Political Action Conference next month

He may have lost the 2012 US presidential election, but one-time Republican nominee Mitt Romney will take center stage next month at a key conservative policy conference, organizers said Wednesday. Romney’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which as the nation’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists attracts…

What is the sequester and why does it matter?

America’s political leaders are once again playing Russian Roulette with the world’s single largest economy. Fresh from a debt ceiling showdown and year-end fiscal cliff brinkmanship, President Barack Obama and Republicans are now locked in a test of wills over huge budget cuts due to come into force on March…

Members of Congress urge Japan not to revise sexual enslavement apology

Two US lawmakers on Wednesday warned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to revise Japan’s apology over sexual enslavement in World War II, saying the move would set back relations between the allies. The lawmakers raised the issue two days before a White House visit by the conservative Japanese premier, whose…

Activists say Congress most hostile to environment it’s been in 40 years

Congress scored historic low on League of Conservation Voters’ annual report card, reinforcing political divide on green issues The last Congress was the most hostile to environmental causes in 40 years, the League of Conservation Voters said on Wednesday in its annual report card on members’ voting patterns. The findings follow…

Estonia launches national car-charging network

165 charging points around the country will use direct current to charge cars in less than 30 minutes Estonia’s reputation as one of the most wired-up countries in Europe has been boosted further with the opening of what is being billed as the world’s first nationwide electric car charging network. The sparsely populated…

Authorities shoot Switzerland’s only wild bear after fearing threats to humans

Switzerland’s only recorded wild bear has been culled after fears that it could pose a threat to humans, the authorities announced on Wednesday. The male bear, known as “M13″, was shot dead by wildlife rangers on Tuesday, said Adrian Aeschlimann, spokesman for the Federal Office for the Environment. “The cull…

Swedish artist to continue painting Prophet Mohammed even after death threats

A Swedish artist who received death threats after depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a dog said Wednesday he would display new paintings of the prophet at an exhibition in the immigrant-heavy city of Malmoe later this year. “It’s important to continue because if you yield to the threats and back…

Bolivia president calls fast food ‘a threat to humanity’

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales on Wednesday slammed western fast food as “a threat to humanity” as he accused multinational firms of seeking to block the development of his country’s staple food. Morales said US companies had led a campaign to stop the United Nations declaring 2013 as the international year…

U.S. Postal Service launches clothing and accessories line

The US Postal Service is looking to fashion as it struggles financially. The agency, which prides itself on delivering almost 40 percent of the world’s mail, announced it plans to launch a clothing and accessories line and has signed a licensing deal with apparel company Wahconah Group, Inc. “This agreement…

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