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Thousands join anti-government rallies across Bulgaria

Several thousand people joined street rallies across Bulgaria on Monday as initial protests against high electricity bills snowballed into bitter anger against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Between 1,500 and 2,000 protesters marched on parliament in downtown Sofia on Monday evening, shouting “Mafia!”, “Resign!” and “Garbage!” Over…

Boeing seeks temporary fix for suspect batteries: report

US aerospace giant Boeing is considering an interim plan to protect its 787 Dreamliner if its batteries overheat or catch fire, according to a report Monday in the Seattle Times. Boeing’s flagship new jet has been banned from flight worldwide since the middle of last month after battery smoke forced…

David Axelrod: White House made ‘mistake’ in releasing draft immigration bill

A former top adviser to the president said Monday that the White House had made a “mistake” in distributing a draft bill on immigration reform, as Republicans attacked the leaked blueprint as an attempt to sideline bipartisan input. “The mistake here was to disseminate it so widely within the administration…

Two charged for burning alive ‘witch’ in Papua New Guinea: report

Two people have been charged with the murder of a young mother in Papua New Guinea who was accused of being a witch and set upon by a mob that burned her alive, reports said Tuesday. Kepari Leniata, 20, was stripped naked, doused with petrol and set alight atop a…

Sen. Coons: U.S. will likely have more active military role in Mali

The United States is likely to play a more active military role in Mali, where French-led forces are battling Islamist rebels, after the country holds elections, the chair of a key Senate sub-committee said Monday. Washington has been providing intelligence, transport and mid-air refuelling to France, which launched its intervention…

Russian official demonizes U.S. for ‘inhumane torture’ of adopted children

A woman in the US state of Texas has killed her adopted Russian son, the Kremlin’s envoy for children said Monday, outlining the latest alleged abuse of an adopted Russian child by American parents. “A three-year-old Russian child has been murdered by his adoptive mother in the state of Texas,”…

Iran: France ‘engaging in irrational behavior’ over nuclear program

Iran on Monday urged Paris to take “a correct approach based on reality,” after the French defence minister stressed the need to prevent the Islamic republic from developing nuclear weapons. “There is an erroneous belief held by some Western nations that if put under pressure Iran will give up its…

NASA scrambles for better meteor and asteroid detection

NASA, universities and private groups in the US are working on asteroid warning systems that can detect objects from space like the one that struck Russia last week with a blinding flash and mighty boom. But the US space agency reiterated that events like the one in the Urals, which…

Presidents Day is still officially ‘Washington’s Birthday’

Presidents' Day 2013: Actually, there’s no such thing (via The Christian Science Monitor) We know we’re swimming up a creek without a paddle here, but there is no federal Presidents’ Day holiday. We don’t care what your mattress ad says – is that a legal document? The official name of…

New James Bond novel out in September

A new James Bond novel, written by British novelist William Boyd, will be released on September 26, publishers Jonathan Cape announced Monday. The book, as yet untitled, is set in 1969 and features a 45-year-old Bond. “1969. A veteran secret agent. A single mission. A licence to kill. James Bond…

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