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Internet giant Amazon hit by first strike in Germany

German employees of Amazon staged their first-ever walkouts on Tuesday as the US Internet retail giant was hit by a dispute over pay. Employees at two logistics centres in Bad Hersfeld and Leipzig launched a strike with the start of the early shift at 6:00 am (0400 GMT), the giant…

New chief Roberto Azevedo vows to revive World Trade Organization

Roberto Azevedo of Brazil on Tuesday vowed to revive the deadlocked World Trade Organization, as he was confirmed formally as the incoming leader of the 159-nation body which sets the rules for global commerce. “I will continue to work with you in a new — and very challenging — capacity,”…

Video of Syrian rebel fighter cutting out heart of regime soldier and eating it condemned

Human Rights Watch and the Syrian opposition National Coalition have condemned a gruesome video apparently showing a Syrian rebel fighter cutting out the heart of a regime soldier and eating it. “International news agencies and social media websites have been circulating a video clip in which a person claiming to…

Canadian International Space Station astronaut returns to Earth a star

Canadian spaceman Chris Hadfield on Tuesday returned to Earth along with two other astronauts after a half-year mission to the International Space Station that saw him shoot to global stardom through his Twitter microblog. Hadfield landed safely in the Kazakh steppe along with American Tom Marshburn and Russian Roman Romanenko…

Angelina Jolie: I had double mastectomy to reduce risk of breast cancer

Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her high risk of breast cancer, saying she is speaking out to encourage women address threats to their health. Jolie, whose mother died of cancer at the age of 56, said she had managed to keep the…

Backlash against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy grows

The backlash against Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy group is gathering steam with a campaign to pick off many of its high-profile Silicon Valley backers. Activists on Monday identified the next batch of figures they hope will defect following the departure of Elon Musk and David Sacks, adding fresh pressure to…

TV psychologist Joyce Brothers dies aged 85

Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, who blazed a trail decades ago in the emerging US television genre of advice programming, has died aged 85, her spokesman said. Brothers passed away in New Jersey, outside New York city, her longtime spokesman Sandy Brokaw said on Monday. With a doctorate from Columbia University,…

Vermont decriminalizes possession of marijuana

Vermont’s legislature on Monday voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, making the New England state the 17th to relax restrictions on the drug. The House of Representatives followed an earlier vote in the state Senate in favor of the measure and Governor Peter Shumlin, a strong supporter,…

Veterans protest Chris Christie’s proposed changes to civil service system

TRENTON — With only four days left to file a formal protest, military veterans became the latest group to publicly speak out against the Christie administration’s proposed changes to the New Jersey civil service system. About a dozen veterans joined the more than 100 protestors who packed the Assembly…  …

Cane-fu and ’50s music: Special gyms open up for American baby boomers

More and more seniors are staying active and healthy these days. In this 2010 file photo, Carol Suplicki, center front, uses small weights for conditioning. Residents of North Oaks – a continuing care retirement center for seniors – attend a bi-weekly aerobics and conditioning class. (Melanie Stetson…  …

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