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Villagers find ancient sports statue in Mexico

Villagers installing a water pipe in southwestern Mexico stumbled onto an ancient granite statue depicting a player from a pre-Hispanic ball game, the national anthropology institute said Monday. The stone had been sliced at the neck, like a decapitation, and buried in a ritual that was common at the time,…

British marriage equality bill set to pass crucial hurdle

A bill to legalise gay marriage in Britain was set to pass a crucial hurdle in parliament on Tuesday, after Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to strike a last-minute deal with the opposition to stop members of his own party wrecking the plans. Lawmakers in the lower House of…

Russia says it killed top Islamist insurgent

Russia on Tuesday said that a top Islamist rebel, deputy to the country’s most wanted militant Doku Umarov, was killed in an operation in the North Caucasus region, where Moscow is fighting a bloody insurgency. Dzhamaleil Mutaliyev, who helped organise a 2010 suicide bombing attack in the city of Vladikavkaz,…

Federal judge rules Hollister entrances violate Americans with Disabilities Act

By Susan Greene This story was originally published by The Colorado Independent. A Denver-based federal judge has ruled that the entrances to hundreds of Hollister stores nationwide violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. Two months after U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel ordered Hollister parent company Abercrombie & Fitch to work with disability rights advocates…

Early humans responded to changes in climate with cultural and industrial innovation

Early humans living in South Africa made cultural and industrial leaps in periods of wetter weather, said a study Tuesday that compared the archaeological record of Man’s evolution with that of climate change. Anatomically modern humans, Homo sapiens, first made their appearance in Africa during the Middle Stone Age which…

Democratic Senate finance committee chair: ‘IRS abandoned good judgment’

The political appointee who headed the IRS during the US tax agency’s abusive treatment of conservative groups insisted on Tuesday that he was not involved in the scandal. US senators grilled retired IRS boss Douglas Shulman about what he readily acknowledged was “inexcusable” behavior by agents who, from 2011, singled…

Federal appeals court rules bin Laden death photos can remain classified

A US appeals court ruled Tuesday that the federal government is not required to release photos that were taken of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden after he was killed by special forces. The Al-Qaeda leader was slain at his Pakistani compound in May 2011 by US Navy SEAL commandos,…

United Nations: Pinning Oklahoma tornado on climate change is wrongheaded

Pinning the deadly tornado in the US state of Oklahoma on climate change is wrongheaded, even though the world is set to see a rise in high-profile weather disasters due to global warming, the leader of a UN body said Tuesday. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on…

Number of Afghanistan women jailed for ‘moral crimes’ like fleeing abuse rises sharply

The number of women jailed in Afghanistan for “moral crimes” such as fleeing abusive husbands has risen sharply, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, undermining claims that the status of women has improved. The campaign group said interior ministry statistics revealed that the number of women and girls convicted of “moral…

Scientists’ accidental find reveals Vitamin C kills tuberculosis bacteria

Scientists said Tuesday they had managed to kill lab-grown tuberculosis (TB) bacteria with good old Vitamin C — an “unexpected” discovery they hope will lead to better, cheaper drugs. A team from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York made the accidental find while researching how TB bacteria become…

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