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Evicted retired couple commits suicide as Spain debates reform

A retired couple in Spain killed themselves Tuesday because they faced eviction, police said, as lawmakers considered legislation to save ruined homeowners from being thrown into the street. In the latest in a series of suicides reportedly linked to evictions, the couple, aged 68 and 69, killed themselves in their…

Egyptian women protest sexual violence: ‘A woman’s voice is a revolution’

Egyptian protesters took to the street again on Tuesday to demand an end to sexual violence, as campaigns against the repeated attacks in central Cairo pick up steam. “A woman’s voice is a revolution,” the protesters — both men and women– shouted, brandishing large flags of female Egyptian icons. Tuesday’s…

Four killed in Brazil Carnival float fire

Four people died early Tuesday when a float at the end of a Carnival parade ran into a power line and caught fire in the southeastern city of Santos, officials said. Three of the victims were pushing the vehicle under the float and the fourth was an onlooker, the office…

Young boy ‘moons’ China’s premier-to-be

State media coverage of a routine visit to a home by China’s incoming premier Li Keqiang has become a colourful Internet sensation after a boy appeared on camera half-naked. Internet users were on Thursday circulating the CCTV state television footage from the northern city of Baotou, cheering the rare unplanned…

Anti-DOMA plaintiff Charlie Morgan dies of breast cancer before Supreme Court ruling

Soldier who fought for same-sex equality succumbs to breast cancer before Supreme Court ruling on Defence of Marriage Act Charlie Morgan, a career soldier from New Hampshire, has been at the forefront of the battle for equality for years. She came out on TV when the US military’s “don’t ask,…

LAPD say ex-cop Dorner in manhunt faces possible death penalty

Police following hundreds of tips say accused murderer may have had help in evading dragnet around Big Bear ski resort Police in California are chasing more than 1,000 tips and reported sightings of Christopher Dorner, the fugitive former police officer who has eluded a massive manhunt and is eligible for…

Spanish parliament votes on bullfighting protection after one region banned it

Spain’s parliament will vote Tuesday on a petition demanding bullfighting be declared a key part of the country’s cultural heritage, a year after the practice was banned in the independence-minded region of Catalonia. The petition organised by the Catalan Bullfighting Federation signed by nearly 600,000 people states that “bullfighting belongs…

Obama to announce he’ll bring 34,000 Afghanistan troops home by next year

US President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will pull 34,000 US troops home from Afghanistan in the next year, a source familiar with his speech said. The long-awaited move will effectively halve the size of the current 66,000-strong US force in…

IRS wins tax ruling against Bank of New York Mellon

By Jeff Gerth, ProPublica A federal tax court judge yesterday ruled that the Bank of New York Mellon had improperly claimed foreign tax credits through a complex deal arranged by Barclays. In the wake of the ruling, BNY Mellon said it will take a charge of $850 million but also…

Researchers find gene that boosts digestibility of sorghum grain to make it a famine-beater

Agricultural researchers on Tuesday said they had found a gene that boosts the digestibility of sorghum, transforming a humble grain into a potential famine-beater. Sorghum (Latin name Sorghum bicolor) is a tough tropical cereal grown in dry regions of Africa, India and the southern United States. The plant is drought-tolerant…

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