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North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un wants ‘world class’ ski resort by year-end

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has issued a national appeal to speed up work on a “world class” ski resort, which is being built as rival South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Describing the Masik Pass resort in the northeast of the impoverished country as a…

Britain says samples from Syria test positive for sarin

Britain said Wednesday that physiological samples from Syria had tested positive for sarin gas and there was growing information that the regime was using chemical weapons. London said it thought any chemical weapons use in Syria was “highly likely” the responsibility of the regime and called on Syrian President Bashar…

Belief in witchcraft and sorcery growing in Pacific

Belief in sorcery and witchcraft is on the rise in the Pacific, experts warned Wednesday after a young woman accused of killing a boy with black magic was burnt alive in Papua New Guinea. Lawrence Foana’ota, formerly the director of the Solomon Islands National Museum, said people were increasingly turning…

Thousands of Cambodian workers protest over arrested Nike strikers

Thousands of Cambodian workers protested Wednesday against the arrest of strikers during a police crackdown at a factory making clothes for US sportswear giant Nike, unionists said. Cambodia’s workers are seeking to flex their muscles over discontent at low wages and tough conditions in the multibillion-dollar textile industry, which produces…

Czech and German cities brace for more killer floods

Cities in Germany and the Czech Republic were scrambling Wednesday to stave off potential disaster as a flood wave headed north, sending thousands of people fleeing their homes. Hungary has also declared a state of alert as waters surge in the mighty Danube, which is also threatening cities in Austria.…

Obama to confront China’s president over cyber espionage

President Barack Obama will tell Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that he must deal with cyber spying and hacking of US targets that originate inside his country when they meet for talks this week. Recent official and commercial reports and studies alleging flagrant and sometimes state-sponsored theft of US military and…

U.S. sees longer wildfire season thanks to climate change

America’s wildfire season lasts two months longer than it did 40 years ago and burns up twice as much land as it did in those earlier days because of the hotter, drier conditions produced by climate change, the country’s forest service chief told Congress on Tuesday. But the forest service…

NATO to set up rapid reaction teams to counter cyber-attacks

NATO defence ministers agreed Tuesday to set up rapid reaction teams to help defend the military alliance against a growing number of cyber-attacks, many of them blamed on China. “In the progress report we have adopted today, we agreed to establish rapid reaction teams that can help protect NATO’s own…

Kansas farmer sues Monsanto over unapproved genetically modified wheat

A Kansas wheat farmer has sued Monsanto after news of the discovery of unapproved genetically modified wheat on an Oregon farm, alleging harm from falling wheat prices. The farmer, Ernest Barnes, lodged a civil lawsuit in a US federal court against Monsanto on Monday, alleging “gross negligence” and seeking compensation…

Same-sex marriage clears parliamentary hurdle in Britain

The British parliament’s upper house Tuesday voted down a bid to kill off a bill to introduce gay marriage in England and Wales, moving it a step closer to becoming law. Following two days of impassioned debate in the House of Lords that exposed deep divisions in the unelected upper…

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