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Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris rushed to hospital after possible suicide attempt

Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris was rushed to a California hospital early Wednesday after a possible suicide attempt, celebrity news website TMZ reported. A sheriff’s spokesman told AFP officers had responded to a home in Calabasas near Los Angeles, where Jackson lives, over a “medical situation,” but refused to confirm the…

Monsanto tests new GMO wheat strain after countries ban imports

US agriculture giant Monsanto, in the spotlight over the discovery of unauthorized genetically modified wheat growing in Oregon, said Wednesday it has a new GM wheat strain under development. The company is developing a new form of Roundup Ready wheat, resistant to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) and also focused on…

Chinese social network bans Tiananmen Square ‘yellow duck’ reference

A popular Chinese microblogging service banned searches for “yellow duck” after users circulated a mocked-up image of a famous 1989 Tiananmen square tank protest with the military vehicles replaced by plastic ducks, results on Wednesday showed. The picture, a parody of the iconic “Tank Man” photograph of a civilian staring…

Brazilian ‘lightening rod’ minister lawmaker refuses to resign over anti-LGBT remarks

Provocative, charismatic and ambitious, Brazil’s evangelical pastor and lawmaker Marco Feliciano has become a lightning rod for nationwide criticism over his disparaging remarks about gays and blacks. The affable 40-year-old maverick has proven adept at attracting the evangelical vote, and was elected president of the House of Deputies’ commission of…

5 ways Congress wants to tackle the military’s sexual assault problem

By Christie Thompson, ProPublica When the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the U.S. military’s sexual assault crisis, lawmakers grilled Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine officials on the alarmingly high number of rapes and other sexual abuses in their ranks. Political momentum to address the problem has…

Rand Paul: Promoting Susan Rice undermines Obama’s ‘moral authority’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday said that President Barack Obama was undermining his own “moral authority” by naming United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice as the new national security advisor because she had misled the public about last year’s attacks in Benghazi. “You know, I think…

New York luxury housing boom services the fabulously wealthy

While many people scrimp and save to buy their first modest home and others rent for life, New York is seeing a boom in housing construction for the fabulously rich. Buyers are snapping up high-rise luxury condos before they are even completed, with money gushing in from places like South…

Hundreds of Bangladesh garment factory workers fall sick from contaminated water

Hundreds of employees of a Bangladesh garment factory near the capital fell sick on Wednesday after drinking suspected contaminated water in their workplace, police and factory officials said. “Primarily we suspect the water supply of the Starlight Sweaters factory was poisoned or contaminated,” local industrial police officer Mahfuzur Rahman told…

Dutch coffee shops in ‘open revolt’ of ban on selling cannabis to foreigners

Authorities in the Dutch drug tourism hub of Maastricht are striking back after cannabis cafes staged an open revolt by selling marijuana to foreigners in defiance of a controversial ban. The battle has been fought on the streets, in the courtroom and in the media as authorities struggle to enforce…

Former Bradley Manning boss to testify on his ‘erratic behavior’

Jihrleah Showman to appear as lawyers seek to contend that Manning was aware leak would compromise US national security US government prosecutors were opening the third day of the trial of the WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning on Wednesday by calling to the witness stand the soldier’s former supervisor at the…

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