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Ironic hashtag symbolizes end of an era for Newsweek as last print edition hits the stands

Almost 80 years after first going to print, the final Newsweek magazine hit newsstands Monday featuring an ironic hashtag as a symbol of its Twitter-era transition to an all-digital format. The second-largest news weekly magazine in the United States has been grappling with a steep drop in print advertising revenue,…

‘Lost tribe’ members migrate from India to Israel

Fifty members of an Indian community believed to be descendants of one of the lost tribes of Israel arrived on Monday in the Jewish state, completing their immigration. Linking up with family members who have already settled in Israel, they are among the first wave of the 7,200-strong Bnei Menashe…

Muslim scholars and clerics plan January trip to Kabul to condemn suicide bombings as un-Islamic

Suicide bombers in Afghanistan have shown little restraint: Wedding parties and even mosques and children have witnessed gruesome targeting by the Taliban against civilians. But as attacks soared in the summer and fall, killing scores of civilians every week – including at least 40 Muslim devotees…  …

Colorado county bans commercial marijuana operations

While the state of Colorado recently voted in favor of the ballot initiative Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana, a few counties don’t want the resulting plant growing operations in their backyards, reported the Denver Post. Douglas County, where a majority of residents voted against Amendment 64, passed a ban on…

Steve Jobs’ estate pays to free impounded superyacht

Steve Jobs’ superyacht Venus was free to leave Amsterdam port Monday after the late Apple co-founder’s estate paid a deposit to resolve a dispute with designer Philippe Starck, who had had the yacht impounded. “The Venus is no longer impounded, we have found a solution,” Gerard Moussault, a Hague-based lawyer…

Ongoing preservation of Lenin’s body stirs debate on remains

The mausoleum for Russia’s revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin must undergo major repair work after its foundation suffered water damage, the Kremlin said Monday. The communist icon’s body will also undergo preservation work, a move that adds fuel to a debate in Russia about whether his remains should be buried. The…

Iran to citizens: avoid U.S. travel due to ‘targeted Iranophobia’

Iran has issued a travel warning to its citizens against visiting arch-foe the United States, an official said, after the death of an Iranian national reportedly following a grilling by US customs officials. “Iranian citizens are advised to avoid non-essential travels to the US and, in case of visit, to…

Iraq calls for Arab action on climate change

Iraq’s most senior energy official called for coordinated Arab action on climate change while Egypt’s environment minister proposed a regional green fund at a conference in Baghdad on Monday. Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussein al-Shahristani warned of the risk of flooding, and also pointed to desertification and sandstorms…

‘Bad Pharma’ says we’re all victims of drug industry

You should read it because behind the anodyne cover lurks a tale of horrific fascination that affects us all. Bad Pharma is the story of the ways in which the pharmaceutical industry, with the help of regulators, doctors and academics, seeks to pervert and obfuscate the research done to test…

Threats to family force female squash player to leave Pakistan

A young woman from south Waziristan, in Pakistan, developed a passion and skill for squash — but living in a highly conservative culture that forbade women from sports ultimately forced her to leave the country, reported Al Jazeera English. Maria Toorpakai Wazir played against the boys growing up and even…

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