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‘Dead’ man wins election in Mexico town

A man who was allegedly certified as dead almost three years ago has won a race for mayor in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Leninguer Raymundo Carballido Morales won the election in the small town of San Agustin Amatengo by just 11 votes last Sunday as the candidate of…

Ireland passes law allowing extremely limited rights to abortion

Bill passes which will allow for abortions only when woman’s life is under threat or if she is suicidal Irish parliamentarians passed a groundbreaking law allowing limited abortion rights in the Republic. Enda Kenny and his coalition government pushed through the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill, which will allow…

Parents keep Austin-Healey Sprite automobile baby accidentally bought on eBay with iPhone

A toddler clicks away on a smart phone. What’s the worst that could happen? She could could buy a roadster off eBay. That’s what happened to one Oregon family last month. Their 14-month-old toddler bought a 1962 Austin-Healey Sprite through an eBay…  …

NASA’s IBEX –Interstellar Boundary Explorer– maps solar system’s tail for the first time

NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, has for the first time mapped the tail – or, tails – that stream out behind our solar system as it moves through the galaxy. Researchers have for years theorized that our solar system should have…  …

Massive hacker confernece DEF CON tells federal employees not to attend

One of the world’s largest hacker conferences, Def Con, requested that government employees do not attend this year’s annual conference, citing discomfort with federal officials in the wake of National Security Administration revelations.  “It…  …

Republicans renew attacks on Obama administration over Benghazi attack

Ten months to the day after four Americans, including an ambassador, died in an attack on a US mission in Libya, Republican lawmakers voiced anger that no-one was charged. And they sought once again to back up accusations that the Obama administration deliberately tried to cover-up what happened when dozens…

Ireland moves step closer to legalizing abortions when mother’s life at risk

Irish lawmakers voted early Friday in favour of controversial new legislation that will allow abortion in limited cases where the mother’s life is at risk. Weary lawmakers voted through the bill, by 127 to 31 against after marathon discussions on 165 amendments ran until 05:00am Thursday and 00:30 am Friday…

Edward Snowden has not replied to asylum offer: Venezuela

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has yet to reply to Venezuela’s offer of asylum, Venezuelan foreign Minister Elias Jaua told AFP on Thursday. “Not yet,” Jaua said on the sidelines of a meeting of the Mercosur trade bloc in Montevideo when asked if Caracas had received a response to the…

U.S. to deliver F-16 fighters to Egypt despite recent upheaval

The United States is pressing ahead with plans to deliver four F-16 fighters to Egypt despite a military coup against President Mohammed Morsi, a US official said Thursday. “It’s still the status quo,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. There was no decision to halt the…

Brazil workers launch nationwide protest over labor conditions

Striking workers blocked key highways and staged peaceful marches across Brazil Thursday in a day of industrial action called by major unions to demand better work conditions and tougher government measures to contain rising inflation. The “National Day of Struggle” was called by the country’s top five labor federations during…

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