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French soldiers killed in botched Somalia hostage raid

Two French soldiers died and 17 “terrorists” were killed in a failed bid to free a French hostage in southern Somalia from Islamists holding him since 2009, the French defence minister said Saturday. The overnight operation was launched by France’s elite DGSE secret service, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said…

1,000 Foxconn workers on strike in China

Over 1,000 workers went on strike over working conditions at a plant linked to Foxconn, a rights group said on Saturday, in the latest controversy to hit the Taiwanese technology giant. Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) said the strike erupted at a Foxconn factory in Fengcheng,…

Runaway boy, 13, drives father’s Mercedes across Europe

A 13-year-old boy ran away from his adoptive parents in Italy, taking his father’s Mercedes and driving 1,000 kilometres (more than 600 miles) towards his native Poland before being stopped in Germany. The boy — a go-kart enthusiast — managed to pass motorway toll booths and cross two international borders…

CEO who said he would ‘start killing people’ over gun control appears with lawyer in new video

James Yeager, the CEO of a weapons and tactical training business who said in a recent training video published and then removed from YouTube that he would “start killing people” if President Obama continued to push forward on gun control, has released another follow-up video on the incident. In it,…

Bus torched in fresh Northern Ireland riots

Police in Northern Ireland fired plastic bullets and water cannon as pro-British loyalists furious over restrictions on flying the British flag torched a bus and hurled petrol bombs at officers. Violence also flared in towns outside the capital Belfast as loyalists — the Protestant community’s working-class hardcore — blocked roads…

Native leaders meet with Canada PM amid threat to bring economy ‘to its knees’

Indigenous Canadians marched on the capital and other major cities threatening to bring the economy “to its knees” as their leaders met with officials to try to resolve a row over extreme poverty on reserves. As many as 500 aboriginals protested in freezing rain outside parliament in Ottawa in support…

Climate change deniers skeptical of 2012 data

A Fox News article on Thursday featured skeptics of a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency that 2012 was “the warmest year ever for the nation.” The agency said that 2012 was a full degree Fahrenheit hotter than the previous record set in 1998. One climatologist from the…

Hardball guest: NRA supported gun control in the 1960s because of Black Panthers

On Hardball with Chris Matthews on Friday, the host criticized the “slippery slope crowd,” or people who believe that gun control or limits to the Second Amendment are “the first unfaltering step towards mass confiscation” of all guns “My question, are the regular gun owners of this country, the people…

Crossword master Araucaria reveals in puzzle that he is dying of cancer

The Rev John Graham tells Guardian readers he ‘has 18 down of the 19, which is being treated with 13 15′ Quietly, ingeniously and, of course, cryptically, the beloved – and sometimes feared – crossword setter Araucaria has used one of his own puzzles to announce that he is dying…

Draft report from NCA makes clear link between climate change and extreme weather as groups urge Obama to take action

Future generations of Americans can expect to spend 25 days a year sweltering in temperatures above 100F (38C), with climate change on course to turn the country into a hotter, drier, and more disaster-prone place. The National Climate Assessment, released in draft form on Friday , provided the fullest picture…

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