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In bid to restore peace, Mexico changes stance in drug war

Mexico’s new president has outlined a security strategy aimed at reducing drug war-related violence that, rhetorically at least, contrasts starkly with the emphasis his predecessor placed on using force to go after the country’s cartels. “Our primary objectives are reducing the violence and recuperating the peace and tranquility of Mexicans,”…

Secular ‘church’ provides religion-free weddings in Denmark

Danish couples keen on a church wedding but without all the religious trappings will soon be able to tie the knot in a converted church, dressed however they wish and saying ‘yes’ to the music of their choice. “Civil weddings take about six minutes and that’s it. Not very romantic,”…

Study questions link between cancer and 9/11 debris

A study due to be released Wednesday casts doubt on links between cancer and toxic dust in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York — only six months after dozens of cancers were declared eligible for compensation. The New York Health Department study, which will appear in the…

Penguin joins settlement in government e-books lawsuit

Penguin Group has agreed to join three other publishers in a settlement of a US government lawsuit alleging an e-book price-fixing conspiracy with Apple, officials said Tuesday. The Justice Department said that with four of the five publishers having agreed to a settlement, it will proceed in its case against…

Best friend’s letter to slain Sandy Hook pupil goes viral

A best friend’s touching farewell letter to a slain Sandy Hook pupil went viral on the Internet Tuesday, encapsulating in a few words the shock and sorrow of a nation. “Jack, you are my best friend,” began the handwritten letter to six-year-old Jack Pinto, one of the 20 first graders…

Republicans threaten ‘plan B’ on fiscal cliff

Republicans in Congress went on the offensive over the fiscal cliff negotiations on Tuesday, threatening to unilaterally introduce a Plan B before the end of the year to prevent tax rises for anyone earning less than $1m a year. The House Republicans are proposing to introduce a speedy bill that…

Petraeus lover won’t be tried for cyber-stalking

Paula Broadwell, the former lover of ex-CIA chief David Petraeus, will not prosecuted for cyberstalking during the affair that led to his downfall, an informed source said Tuesday. The FBI investigation for cyberstalking of Broadwell has been dropped, the law enforcement source said. Petraeus, America’s most celebrated military leader in…

Obama supportive of Feinstein’s proposed assault weapons ban

President Barack Obama on Tuesday threw his weight behind a bill to reintroduce a ban on civilians owning assault weapons, in the wake of a gun massacre in an elementary school that shocked the nation. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president would support a law proposed by Democratic…

U.S. court bans environmental group from approaching Japanese whalers

A US court has ordered environmental group Sea Shepherd to maintain a distance of 500 yards from Japanese whaling ships, in a move welcomed by those behind the government-funded fleet. The injunction was ordered by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in the latest step in a…

Israel poised to build thousands of new settler homes

Israeli authorities on Tuesday rejected a plan to build around 800 new settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, but were expected to approve more constructions elsewhere, triggering the ire of Washington. Settlement watchdog Peace Now told AFP that authorities were due to endorse a far larger project on Wednesday and…

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