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Chile slaps $16 million fine on Canadian mine company

Chile’s environmental authorities slapped a $16.4 million fine Friday on Canadian mining company Barrick Gold for “serious” violations at its unfinished gold mine near the border with Argentina. Officials here said the fine was levied after a four-month investigation into practices by Nevada Mining Company SpA, a subsidiary of Barrick…

Stockholm’s unrest stoked by unemployment

Behind the well-kept lawns and flowerbeds of Husby, the immigrant-heavy Stockholm suburb where riots have raged for five straight nights, unemployment is fuelling despair among the young residents. Nearly a week of unrest across the Swedish capital has raised questions about the assimilation of immigrants, who dominate low-income neighbourhoods in…

Russia evacuates ‘drifting’ Arctic research station

Russia evacuates 'drifting' Arctic research station as ice floe melts (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A Russian deep-diving miniature submarine is lowered from the research vessel Akademik Fyodorov moments before performing a dive in the Arctic Ocean beneath the ice at the North Pole in August…

Weiner campaign website uses Pittsburgh skyline to represent NYC

Anthony Weiner, running for New York mayor two years after he became notorious for sending women sexually explicit photos, raced to fix his campaign website Friday after another pictorial faux-pas. The site had featured a banner image of a city skyline… from Pittsburgh. The mistake did not go unnoticed, prompting…

Toronto ‘crack’ mayor fires chief of staff who told him to get help

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied smoking crack cocaine in a brief statement on Friday, one day after allegedly sacking his chief of staff for advising him to seek help, CBC-TV reported. “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.” Ford said at a…

Rep. Steve King: ‘Ronald Reagan’s signature on the 86 Amnesty Act brought about Barack Obama’s election’

Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a firm opponent of immigration reform, took to the floor of the House on Thursday to explain his theory that giving undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship in 1986 had directly led to Barack Obama’s election in 2012 — and thus why Republicans are foolish to…

Federal Trade Commission opens investigation into Google’s DoubleClick ads

US federal trade commission looking into allegations that company’s DoubleClick has illegally promoted Google products The US federal trade commission is investigating whether Google’s DoubleClick advertising subsidiary has illegally pushed customers to buy its other products, the Guardian has established. The regulator is understood to be looking at whether the…

Court orders UK to hold inquiries into illegal civilian deaths during Iraq War

High court rules that up to 161 allegedly unlawful killings by British military should be subject of coroner-style hearings A series of public inquests should be held into the deaths of civilians who are alleged to have been killed unlawfully by the British military following the 2003 invasion of Iraq,…

Petraeus biographer apologizes for ‘harm’ caused by affair

Paula Broadwell speaks publicly for the first time about the extramarital affair that led to the CIA director’s resignation The woman whose affair with David Petraeus cost the four-star general his job as CIA director has spoken of her remorse over her role in the scandal. Six months after Paula…

New app allows users to fight racist graffiti in France

A French anti-racism association is launching a mobile application it hopes will help eradicate racist graffiti by enabling users to take photos of offensive tags, geo-locate them and get them removed. Licra — the International League against Racism and Antisemitism — said the app was a “digital response” to “a…

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