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House votes unanimously to oppose UN Internet regulations

The US House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to oppose any efforts to give the United Nations new authority to regulate the Internet. The 397-0 vote, following a similar vote in the Senate, came as delegates were meeting in Dubai to revise a global telecom treaty, a gathering which some…

Canada busts Romanian human smuggling ring

Canada’s immigration minister on Wednesday identified a human-smuggling ring that brought 85 Romanian nationals into Canada in waves over the past year, via Mexico and the United States. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney described the operation as “very well organized,” explaining how the illegal migrants flew from Romania to Mexico, where…

Positions harden as fiscal cliff looms

President Barack Obama warned Republicans Wednesday not to hold the US economy hostage in a new feud over raising government borrowing, as battle lines hardened in the “fiscal cliff” showdown. Obama and Republican foes accused one another of intransigence as vital hours ticked away without serious negotiations on averting a…

For-profit University of Phoenix partners with community colleges for reputational boost

By Sarah Pavlus  The University of Phoenix plans to roll out more than 100 new partnerships with community colleges in the coming year – a strategy that, if successful, will provide a much-needed financial and reputational boost to the nation’s largest for-profit school. Facing declining enrollment and regulatory scrutiny, the University…

Don’t worry: Story about North Koreans finding unicorn lair just a mistranslation

Agency said it reconfirmed the lair of one of the unicorns ridden by the ancient King Tongmyong but the story is not true Mystery surrounds what really goes on within the borders of North Korea, from the number of political prisoners held in brutal labour camps, to whether Kim Jong-un has really tied…

Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck dies at 91

NEW YORK — Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, whose experiments in rhythm and style helped win millions of new jazz fans around the world, died Wednesday of heart failure, his manager said. He was 91. Brubeck, who was a day away from his 92nd birthday, died in a hospital in Norwalk,…

European Union and U.S. resist making pledges at climate talks

The European Union and United States said on Wednesday they would not make concrete near-term funding pledges at UN climate talks to help developing countries cope with the fallout from global warming. The EU said tight finances prevented it from taking on new commitments as a bloc, while Washington insisted…

Hospital treating royal Kate’s pregnancy admits to hoax call from Australian radio station

The hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine for severe morning sickness has fallen victim to a hoax call from an Australian radio station, it admitted on Wednesday. Presenters from Sydney’s 2Day FM station, posing as Queen Elizabeth II and William’s father Prince Charles, apparently managed to get through to…

Players on ongoing lockout: NHL ‘not even willing to negotiate’

Teemu Selanne weaves his way out of his own end and lofts a perfectly-timed pass up the middle of the ice through a tangle of sticks to Justin Williams who goes in on a breakaway and scores. December is usually the time Selanne and Williams square off against each other…

Tehran residents urged to flee ‘dangerous’ pollution

Residents of Tehran were on Wednesday urged to leave the city, if possible, to escape a stagnant stew of choking air pollution that officials warned had reached “dangerous” levels. Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi made the appeal as her services recorded a 15 percent increase in hospital admissions in recent…

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