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Republicans to double spending in effort to convert Latino voters

The Republicans are to double spending at state level in an effort to woo crucial Latino voters for the 2014 elections, the party announced on Thursday. Republicans have been making a big push for the votes of minority groups since defeat in November’s White House election that saw more than…

All-electric coast-to-coast: Tesla Motors to triple number of supercharger stations

The electric car maker Tesla plans to swiftly multiply its supercharger stations across the US so drivers can travel coast to coast without worrying about losing power. CEO Elon Musk said the company would triple the number of stations by June and expand again to have them in most cities…

Topless feminist protester goes on trial in Tunisia

A young Tunisian woman with the topless protest group Femen went on trial Thursday for illegal possession of pepper spray, sparking angry Salafist demonstrators to demand she face stiffer charges under Islamic law. In Tunis, three European members of the group, two French and one German, were due to appear…

Radiation measurements suggest new obstacle in human trip to Mars

Astronauts who travel on future missions to Mars would likely be exposed to their lifetime limit of radiation during the trip, not to mention time spent on the Red Planet, scientists said Thursday. The measurements were made aboard the Mars Science Laboratory, an unmanned NASA rover and mobile lab that…

Oil prices climb despite record stockpiles

Oil prices rallied in New York Thursday despite US stockpiles hitting a fresh all-time high, while Brent slipped. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) light sweet crude for July, closed at $93.61 a barrel, up 48 cents from Wednesday. Brent North Sea crude for delivery in July dropped…

Israel president hopeful Pope Francis can ignite interfaith peace talks

Israeli President Shimon Peres has raised the possibility of an interfaith conference on peace during a recent encounter with Pope Francis in Rome, the presidency said on Thursday. “The issue of a multi-faith conference was raised, and President Peres expressed his belief that Pope Francis can play an important role…

Maroon 5′s Adam Levine apologizes for ‘I hate this country’ remark

Patriots complain on Twitter after Maroon 5 frontman makes ‘lighthearted’ remark, perhaps unaware his mic was recording America won’t tolerate Adam Levine‘s “unpatriotic” exasperation. TheMaroon 5 frontman drew scores of complaints for quipping “I hate this country” on an episode of The Voice, requiring a formal statement to explain his remark. On Tuesday…

European council promises to comb U.S. wheat for Monsanto GMO strains

The European Commission said Thursday it has asked EU member states to check imports of wheat from the United States which may be tainted with a genetically modified strain made by US agrochemicals giant Monsanto. The Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, said it had informed the 27 member states…

Italian lawmaker promises bill to recognize same sex unions

A lawmaker from Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party said he was submitting a draft bill on Thursday to recognise same-sex unions, a day after France celebrated its first gay wedding. “We are very behind in terms of civil rights in Italy,” the deputy, Giancarlo Galan, told AFP, saying it…

Nigerian lawmakers enact same sex marriage ban with penalty of up to 14 years in prison

Nigerian lawmakers approved Thursday a bill to outlaw gay marriage and crack down on gay rights, including criminalising public displays of affection between same-sex couples. The House of Representatives unanimously approved the bill which provides for jail terms of up to 14 years for gay marriage. A gay rights bill…

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