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New Yorkers protest fatal shooting of gay man

New Yorkers — including mayoral candidate Christine Quinn — planned a rally Monday to protest the shooting death of a gay man in the neighborhood that was the cradle of the modern US gay rights movement. Mark Carson, 32, was killed with a bullet to the head Friday night in…

Small Alaskan village loses court battle against big oil

Perched at the tip of an Arctic barrier reef in harsh northwestern Alaska, a tiny village took on big oil for causing the climate change that is eroding its shores, but lost its court fight Monday. The US Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Kivalina vs. Exxon. Therefore,…

Hong Kong pledges to reduce waste by 40 percent per person

Hong Kong on Monday launched a ten-year plan to reduce waste by 40 percent per person as part of efforts to catch up with other leading Asian cities and avert a looming environmental crisis. With a population of more than 7 million, the city currently sends 1.27 kg (2.8 pounds)…

Chelsea Flower Show relaxes ban on garden gnomes

Garden gnomes invaded Chelsea Flower Show on Monday as the prestigous horticultural event relaxed a ban on the diminutive ornaments to raise cash for charity. Musician Elton John and Downtown Abbey actress Dame Maggie Smith are among celebrities who have painted individual gnomes in support of the Chelsea centenary appeal,…

WHO: ‘No one can predict’ course of China’s new bird flu outbreak

It is impossible to predict the evolution of China’s human H7N9 bird flu outbreak as researchers are still trying to understand the source of human transmission, the head of the World Health Organisation said Monday. According to the latest official data, H7N9 avian influenza has infected 130 people in China,…

White House knew of IRS targeting of tea party groups in April

Wall Street Journal says counsel learned of targeting of conservative groups on 22 April, 18 days before president Barack Obama’s hopes of moving beyond the scandals that have dogged his administration were dashed on Monday, when it was disclosed that the White House had been informed last month about the…

State Department alarmed at rising anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic waves worldwide

The United States on Monday denounced what it called a rising tide of both anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment around the world as it urged all nations to ensure freedom of religion. In a wide-ranging annual report on religious freedom, the State Department voiced alarm at growing attacks against minority groups…

Tunisian activist who posted topless photos arrested for ‘immoral gestures’

A young Tunisian activist who sparked controversy in March by posting topless pictures of herself online has been arrested for allegedly making “immoral gestures,” the interior ministry said on Monday. “The young girl was placed under arrest yesterday (Sunday) in Kairouan… because of immoral gestures,” ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui…

Billionaire Carlos Slim to buy U.S. mobile phone company Start Wireless Group

Mexican phone giant America Movil, owned by billionaire Carlos Slim, announced Monday that its US unit reached a deal to acquire US mobile phone company Start Wireless Group. The price of the transaction was not revealed but a statement said Tracfone Wireless will acquire the assets of Start Wireless, an…

Congressmen to Hagel: Where Are the Missing War Records?

By Peter Sleeth, Special to ProPublica The top Republican and Democrat on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs are demanding more details from defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about lost Army field records from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the subject of a ProPublica investigation last year. In an unusually…

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