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Chris Hayes: U.S. helps terrorism ‘brings strategic benefits’ in Middle East

Good news “can sometimes seem in short supply” in the Middle East, said Chris Hayes during his MSNBC show, Up with Chris Hayes. But a recent ceasefire was celebrated by many Gazans, although met with mixed opinion from Israelis, as 49 percent were opposed to the ceasefire. Gazan’s suffered over…

Palestinian cars vandalized in apparent ‘revenge’ hate crime

Palestinian cars were vandalised overnight in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a hate crime by rightwing Israeli extremists, victims and police said on Sunday. Eight vehicles belonging to the same family had their tyres slashed, and one was daubed with the slogan in Hebrew…

Oregon’s 7-year-old medical marijuana patient stirs controversy

Mykayla Comstock, a seven-year-old girl who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, has a medical marijuana license in Oregon and consumes strong capsules of the drug twice daily, reported The Oregonian. She is one of 2,201 cancer patients and one of 52 children allowed to use medical marijuana…

Germany’s Merkel eases Jewish concerns over circumcision ruling

Angela Merkel sought to ease the concerns of Germany’s Jews Sunday over a disputed ruling against circumcision as she became the first chancellor to address the Jewish community’s annual council meeting. “The respecting of religious ritual is a fundamental good,” she told the annual gathering of the Central Council of…

Harris-Perry guest: real job creators are ‘low-wage workers who spend every dime that they get’

Melissa Harris-Perry and a panel on her MSNBC show on Nov. 25 discussed Wal-Mart, the recent Black Friday strikes, and whether Wal-Mart’s business model of low prices necessitates low wages. Wal-Mart dismissed the protests as “grossly exaggerated” and called the walkouts “made for TV events.” There are 200 million customers…

France’s former first lady supports same-sex marriage push

Former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy backed controversial plans for France to legalise gay marriage in an interview with Vogue that sees the 44-year-old return to her supermodel roots. In an interview appearing in the magazine’s December issue with a 20-page photo shoot reminiscent of Bruni-Sarkozy’s time as a top…

Art institute sues philanthropists over unpaid millions

A formerly wealthy California couple who pledged $5 million to construct a new art building for the Kansas City Art Institute is now broke, and they say they have no money for the outstanding donation, reported the Kansas City Star. But the building has already been built, their name branded…

Obama’s drone assassination rules decried by rights groups

President Barack Obama’s administration is in the process of drawing up a formal rulebook that will set out the circumstances in which targeted assassination by unmanned drones is justified, according to reports. The New York Times, citing two unnamed sources, said explicit guidelines were being drawn up amid disagreement between…

Peru opens up Incan sanctuary of Pachacamac to tourists

LIMA — Peru has opened up a tourist attraction in which hikers view a site that held an oracle consulted by Incan leaders pondering big decisions such as whether to go to war. The sanctuary, known as Pachacamac, features a series of pyramids with ramps to climb up and a…

Rising CO2 ‘eating’ shells of sea butterflies

PARIS — Rising acidity is eating away the shells of tiny snails, known as “sea butterflies”, that live in the seas around Antarctica, leaving them vulnerable to predators and disease, scientists said Sunday. The study presents rare evidence of living creatures suffering the results of ocean acidification caused by rising…

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