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EU delays approval of genetically modified crops until 2014

The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states. “The Commission, if it wants, could launch a procedure to authorise the farming of one GM soya…

World unemployment figures set to rise in 2013

A record 202 million people could be unemployed across the world in 2013, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday. Five years on from the onset of the financial crisis, unemployment is on the rise again as economies around the world lose jobs and the fragile recovery is threatened…

CIA and Pentagon have long-running influence over Hollywood’s representation of military

The CIA and the Pentagon pulled out all the stops for the creators of “Zero Dark Thirty,” staging interviews with officials and a Navy SEAL for an inside account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Critics praised the movie’s gritty and gripping feel but, with the film due for…

UN: Buying ‘funny fruit’ will help feed the world and reduce waste

Make a shopping list and buy “funny fruit,” it will cut food waste and help “shape a sustainable future,” the United Nations Environment Programme and Food and Agriculture Organzation said on Tuesday. The UNEP, FAO and partners unveiled a campaign dubbed “Think-Eat-Save Reduce Your Foodprint” to change global practices that…

China pledges to curb population growth over poor air quality

China’s capital Beijing will strengthen measures to combat pollution, state media reported Tuesday, amid public anger over the dangerous air quality in the sprawling metropolis. Acting mayor Wang Anshun told the city’s legislature that steps will include removing old vehicles from roads, shutting down coal-fired plants and planting more greenery,…

Glenn Beck stages ‘misfits’ inaugural ball, complete with ‘Earth Haters,’ ‘Hate Mongers’ and ‘Bible Thumpers’

Tea Party darling invites guests, including Rick Santorum, to join Earth Haters and Bible Thumpers at consolatory dinner It is an inauguration ball with red carpet and tuxedos, but Obama is emphatically not invited. There is the Earth Haters table, for climate change deniers; the Hate Mongers table, for radio…

Anti-choice activists to rally on Roe v Wade anniversary

Thousands of pro-life activists will descend on the US capital Tuesday in protest on the 40th anniversary of a landmark US Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing abortion rights under the Constitution. This year’s March for Life will take place three days later, on Friday, due to festivities surrounding President Barack Obama’s…

Biochemist creates wine to fight arthritis and chronic fatigue

The health properties of red wine have long been debated but an Australian biochemist believes he has created a drop so loaded with antioxidants that it could treat a range of ills. Brisbane-based Greg Jardine said he has patented a group of compounds created during the wine-making process which he…

Israelis vote in election seen producing swing to right

Israelis voted Tuesday in an election likely to return Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as head of a rightwing coalition that will face the challenges of peacemaking with the Palestinians and Iran’s nuclear programme. After a slow start, the pace of voting picked up, with long queues forming outside some polling…

‘Rotten egg’ stink caused by chemical gas leak wafts over Paris, northern France

Millions of French fretted Tuesday — and some felt sick or got headaches — after a gas leak at a chemical plant cast a strong odour that wafted from northern France as far as Paris. Authorities insisted that the gas, mercaptan, was harmless, but emergency lines were inundated with calls…

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