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Swaziland bans ‘rape-provoking’ miniskirts

Police in Africa’s last absolute monarchy Swaziland have banned women from wearing miniskirts and midriff-revealing tops saying they provoke rape, local media reported on Monday. Offenders face a six-month jail term under the ban, which invokes a colonial criminal act dating back to 1889. “The act of the rapist is…

Queen praises Olympians in 3D Christmas message

Queen Elizabeth II will pay tribute to the London 2012 athletes in her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth, saying they had inspired the world and drawn people in to the excitement and drama. The 86-year-old monarch will praise the achievement and courage on show at the Olympic and Paralympic…

Gloomy predictions as Washington approaches the ‘fiscal cliff’

The New Year may be more than a week off, but realistically Congress and the White House have less than that as the clock ticks toward the “fiscal cliff” with its automatic tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts that could throw an already-weakened economy into a tailspin. On the Sunday……

U.S. Sen. Crapo arrested and charged with driving under influence

U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo (R-ID) was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Alexandria, Va, reported the AP. He was pulled over after running a red light and did not pass sobriety tests, arrested at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, and released on bond at 5:00 a.m. Crapo issued…

Top Australian Catholic cleric apologizes for abuse

Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric on Monday apologised to those who “suffered at the hands” of priests and religious teachers after a turbulent year for the Church. Sydney Archbishop George Pell said he was shocked and ashamed, following a series of paedophile allegations against priests and claims that they were…

Richard Adams, same-sex marriage pioneer, dies at 65

Richard Adams, a pioneer in the fight for same-sex marriage who advocated for that right beginning in the 1970s, died at 65 after a short illness, reported the Huffington Post. Adams and his partner, Tony Sullivan, actually received a marriage licenses in 1975. A county clerk in Colorado had begun…

MSNBC guest: ‘There’s a clear path’ to turn Georgia blue in 2016

Following a discussion of U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC), an African American member of Congress recently appointed to replace outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), the panelists on UP with Chris Hayes discussed the possibility of Georgia turning blue in the next presidential election. “Georgia is a place that, whose demographics…

Chile issues top-level red alert for volcano

Chile issued a top-level red alert Sunday for its Copahue volcano, in the south on the Andean border with Argentina, as it rumbled to register a greater potential threat. The National Emergency Office issued a red alert but did not order evacuations as no towns are in the current risk…

‘Dairy cliff’ could lead to $7 gallon of milk

While debates over federal legislation have revolved mostly around defense cuts, reductions in social programs, and the soon-to-be-expired Bush tax cuts, the price of dairy has not been a hot topic. But the price of milk could soon rise precipitously, in fact doubling if no legislative action is soon taken,…

Facebook paid small tax bill on big profits made outside US, figures show

Company channelled bulk of profits through Ireland and onto Cayman Islands, allowing to it pay just £238,000 to UK taxman Facebook has become the latest multinational to come under the spotlight for its tax affairs after figures revealed it paid just £2.9m in tax on profits of more than more…

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