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Denmark and Finland latest countries to upgrade Palestinians’ diplomatic status

Denmark and Finland plan to upgrade the status of their respective Palestinian representative offices in Copenhagen and Helsinki to that of an embassy, the Danish foreign ministry said Saturday. “It is with satisfaction that we announce our joint intention to work with the Palestinians to be able to upgrade the…

Yemen separatist quits constitution talks over government ‘plot’

A leader of Yemen’s Southern Movement said on Saturday he was withdrawing from talks to draft a new constitution in protest at a “plot against the southern cause,” he said. In a statement obtained by AFP, Ahmed bin Farid al-Suraimah said he had pulled out of the talks, which began…

U.S. tightens student visa rules after Boston bombing arrests

Boston bombing fallout: US moves to close security gap on student visas (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Dias Kadyrbayev (l.), with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, at an unknown location. Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, two college buddies of Tsarnaev from Kazakhstan, were jailed by immigration…

Australia’s Barrier Reef set for heritage downgrade: UNESCO

Australia insisted it was committed to protecting the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday after the UN warned that the natural wonder’s world heritage status could be in downgraded in 2014. UNESCO said little had been done to address concerns about rampant coastal development and water quality raised a year ago…

Priest admits violating ban on ministry to children, says actions are ‘my fault alone’

Asserting his actions were “my fault alone,” the Roman Catholic priest who violated a court-sanctioned agreement to stay away from children wrote in his resignation letter that he attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors without the knowledge of his superiors in the…  …

New CDC report finds stunning suicide increases among middle-aged Americans

JUDY WOODRUFF: There’s been a stunning increase in the suicide rate among middle-aged Americans. The finding is part of a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that spells out how much suicide is a growing public health concern in the U.S. Ray Suarez has more. RAY…

Brutal job search reality for older Americans out of work for six months or more

JEFFREY BROWN: And now back to the jobs picture. Despite the good news in today’s employment report, nearly two million Americans 55 and older are still out of work. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at the continuing struggles of the long-term jobless in their 50s. It’s the latest in an…

Firefighters still battling raging California wildfire

Firefighters deployed ground and air crews Saturday for another day battling a raging southern California wildfire that threatened 4,000 homes. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity were helping efforts against the Springs Fire, and firefighters said they had contained 30 percent of the blaze, which erupted Thursday near Malibu, 40 miles…

Author Michael Pollan: ‘If you’re letting a corporation cook it, the odds are you’re not getting healthy food’

JEFFREY BROWN: And finally tonight, what are you having for dinner? Where did it come from? And, most relevant to our topic today, did you prepare it, cook it, yourself? Michael Pollan has been exploring all things food in a series of books. His latest is “Cooked: A Natural History…

Harper Lee sues agent over ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ copyright

Author of best-selling book alleges Samuel Pinkus took advantage of her failing hearing and eyesight to transfer rights Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, has sued her literary agent for allegedly duping her into assigning him the copyright on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. In the lawsuit filed…

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