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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…  …

Russians smell something fishy in Putin’s latest stunt

MOSCOW (Reuters) – There was a time when Vladimir Putin’s macho antics inspired pride among Russians, but many are finding it hard to believe the president’s latest stunt – catching a huge pike in Siberia. Video footage released by the Kremlin last week showed Putin dressed in camouflage fatigues and…

Pope says gays must not be judged or marginalized

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in some of the most compassionate words from any pontiff on gays, said they should not be judged or marginalized and should be integrated into society, but he reaffirmed Church teaching that homosexual acts are a sin. In a broad-ranging 80-minute conversation with journalists on…

Italian thief dons blue tuxedo for armed heists: reports

An Italian thief decided to carry out his crime in style by holding up two shops at gunpoint wearing an elegant blue tuxedo, local newspapers reported Sunday. The thief, who was around 30-years-old according to witnesses, committed the heists in his evening wear on Saturday before making his escape on…

Heavy rain leaves one dead, two missing in Japan

Heavy rains lashed Japan over the weekend, leaving one person dead and two missing, the government said on Monday as it issued a severe storm warning. A 79-year-old woman was confirmed dead Sunday after being discovered inside a house that was destroyed by mudslides in Yamaguchi prefecture, on Japan’s southwest…

New Zealand military told to soften manual that equates media with extremist groups

New Zealand’s military was ordered on Monday to rewrite a manual that warns the media poses as much of a threat to national security as extremist groups and foreign intelligence services. Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said the language in the manual, which is used to train the military in security…

Oil spill hits popular Thai tourist island of Ko Samet

Thai navy personnel battled on Monday to clean up a beach on a popular tourist island after oil from a pipeline leak washed up in a national park. Roughly 50,000 litres of crude oil gushed into the sea on Saturday about 20 kilometres (12 miles) off the coast of the…

Sixteen arrested at British anti-fracking protest

Sixteen protesters were arrested on Friday as British police broke up a blockade against exploratory drilling by a fracking company in southern England. Campaigners demonstrated for a second day against planned test drilling by British firm Cuadrilla, which specialises in hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, known as “fracking”. The rural…

Chinese ‘Giant panda channel’ coming to Internet

Panda lovers around the world will be able to watch live 24-hour Internet broadcasts of the iconic Chinese animals from next month, state media reported Sunday. The “Giant panda channel” will start broadcasts from August of pandas in Sichuan province, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing an announcement by…

Ex-President Jimmy Carter plans to visit North Korea: report

SEOUL (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is planning to visit North Korea soon to try to win the release of a U.S. citizen held for committing crimes against the reclusive state, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Monday. Carter has made contact with the North to arrange…

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