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Reshma: A ray of hope for Bangladesh amid the ruins

“I called but nobody heard me. I heard noises, but nobody listened to me.” But when a rescue worker finally heard her faint cries 17 days after the collapse of her factory, Reshma became an instant heroine, a ray of hope for a nation numbed by one of world’s worst…

New studies say immigration reform is too late to fix one long-term U.S. challenge

Immigration reform too late to fix one big problem, studies say (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A Mexican worker holds workers petition forms as he lines up outside the US Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, before his working visa interview in 2007. Two studies say the flow…

Morocco launches first phase of 500-megawatt solar energy project

Morocco on Friday officially launched the construction of a 160-megawatt solar power plant near the desert city of Ouarzazate, the first in a series of vast solar projects planned in the country. The largest of its kind in the world, according to Mustapha Bakkoury, the head of Morocco’s solar energy…

Egypt arrests leading youth activist for ‘incitement to protest’ charges

Egypt’s security forces on Friday detained the founder of one of the key youth movements behind the 2011 uprising that toppled the former regime upon his arrival at Cairo Airport from Vienna, a security official told AFP. Ahmed Maher of the April 6 movement was arrested at the airport “based…

America’s Cup announces investigation into British racer’s death

America’s Cup bosses announced Friday a probe into why the AC72 yacht on which Briton Andrew Simpson died “nose-dived” into the water, and said other AC72 boats will not train until next week. They also refused to rule out any options when asked if the AC72 catamaran could be dropped…

Seminarian expelled for being gay became a sperm donor for lesbians constrained by anti-gay donation rules

Markus K. didn’t set out in life to father 24 children. He set out to be a priest — but that dream came to an end in 1994, when someone reported to his seminary that he was gay, and they threw him out. He told Munich’s Abenzeitung, “My life hit…

Fast-food worker wage protests spread to Detroit and St. Louis

Similar demonstrations aimed at raising fast-food workers’ wages took place earlier in the year in Chicago and New York A series of industrial protests hitting America’s gigantic fast food industry has spread to cities in the Midwest as workers from several national chain restaurants have gone out on strike for…

Manhattan soothsayer pleaded guilty to swindling client out of $650,000

Maybe the devil made her do it. A fake Manhattan soothsayer pleaded guilty to using her powers to persuade a client to fork over more than $650,000. Janet Miller, 39, claimed she was able to see that her victim needed protection from being cheated, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said…

Blueprints for 3-D printable handgun take refuge in Pirate Bay file-sharing site

Blueprints for the world’s first 3D printable handgun took refuge Friday at file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, upsetting a US government attempt to get them off the Internet. Defense Distributed, a Texas non-profit that promotes the open-source development of firearms using 3D printers, withdrew the files needed to make the…

U.S. to return more stolen dinosaur skeletons to Mongolia

Mongolia may need to rustle up some more glass cases for its first dinosaur museum after US authorities announced Friday they will hand back a large new collection of stolen fossils. At a ceremony on Monday, officials had turned over the nearly complete skeleton of a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar, a…

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