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The Sea Shepherd takes battle with Japanese whalers to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Sea Shepherd conservation group asked the US Supreme Court on Monday to lift an order forcing it to steer clear of Japan’s whalers, who are seeking legal reprisals over harassment at sea. Since 2002, Sea Shepherd has annually disrupted Japan’s contested hunt in the Southern Ocean but a US…

2.2 gallon a day Coca-Cola habit a factor in woman’s death: coroner

A New Zealand woman’s 10-litre (2.2 gallon) a day Coca-Cola habit was a major factor in her death, a coroner found Tuesday, urging the soft drink giant to put health warnings on its caffeinated products. Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old mother of eight from Invercargill in southern New Zealand, drank huge…

North Korea test seen as setback to new U.S. approach

North Korea’s third nuclear test looks likely to set back any new diplomatic drive from the United States, which had seen glimmers of hope with the new cast of leaders in the region. The renewed crisis comes just as all three key regional players — China, Japan and South Korea…

North Korea carries out third nuclear test

North Korea on Tuesday staged its most powerful nuclear test yet, claiming a breakthrough with a “miniaturised” device in a striking act of defiance to global powers including its sole patron China. The communist state said it had staged its third test with a “successful” underground detonation, in a riposte…

Obama’s State of the Union address to outline ambitious second-term agenda

Barack Obama plans to use his state of the union speech on Tuesday to kickstart an ambitious second term-agenda with commitments to immigration reform, gun control, cuts in nuclear weapons stockpiles and, above all, the economic recovery that eluded him over the past four years. The speech presents Obama with…

DC Comics hires anti-LGBT writer for Superman series

Superman fans are up in arms at the decision of the publisher to appoint a noted anti-gay writer to pen the Man of Steel’s latest adventures. Comic giant DC has commissioned Orson Scott Card, author of the award-winning and best-selling Ender’s Game sci-fi series, to write for DC’s Adventures of…

Ex-cop Christopher Dorner charged over police killing

A former US cop on the run since last week has been charged with the murder of a policeman, one of three people he allegedly killed after making chilling online threats, officials said Monday. Christopher Dorner, the subject of a huge manhunt after the alleged shootings near Los Angeles, was…

Environmentalists plan massive rally to spur action on climate change

Activists are stepping up pressure on US President Barack Obama to issue concrete plans to battle climate change, with a major rally planned in Washington following his annual address to Congress. More than 100 groups are planning what they hope will be the largest rally in the United States on…

Kerry seeks to unblock $700 million in aid for Palestinians

Secretary of State John Kerry is working to try to free up almost $700 million in aid for the Palestinians which has been held up in Congress, a top US official said Monday. “The secretary feels extremely strongly that it is time now to get this support to the Palestinian…

Sex abuse victims on Benedict’s abdication: ‘We won’t miss this pope’

For the legions of people whose childhoods and adult lives were wrecked by sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the Roman Catholic clergy, Pope Benedict XVI is an unloved pontiff who will not be missed. Victims of the epidemic of sex- and child-abuse scandals that erupted under Benedict’s papacy…

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