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Keystone pipeline protestors to rally at White House

Environmental groups will step up the pressure on Barack Obama to act on climate change in his second term, with a rally Sunday at the White House against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Activists are pressing Obama to deliver early on his promise – renewed at his first White…

Egypt: Israel-Hamas truce may come soon

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi said on Saturday his government was in touch with both Israelis and Palestinians and there were indications they could “soon” reach a truce, but there were no guarantees. “There are some indications that there could be a ceasefire soon,” Morsi said at a joint news conference…

Australia’s railway produces ‘dumb ways to die’ animated PSA

Australia’s railway operator Metro released an attention-grabbing, three-minute animated video featuring mostly bean-shaped organisms discovering “dumb ways to die,” reported WTVR.com. In an apparent bid to spice up the traditionally somber public service announcement, the cheerful music accompanies upbeat sing-a-long lyrics detailing a number of self-annihilating tactics, which include: “sell…

Thousands of police march in Spain austerity protest

About 5,000 police officers marched through the centre of Madrid on Saturday to protest salary cuts and the thinning of their ranks as Spain grapples with its sovereign debt crisis. The officers, who had travelled from across Spain. rallied three days after the nation was gripped by a general strike…

Over 100,000 march against gay marriage in France: police

More than a hundred thousand people attended rallies across France Saturday in protest at plans to legalize gay marriage, according to police figures obtained by AFP. In Paris alone, 70,000 people turned out at one rally, said police — organisers put the figure at 200,000 — while another 22,000 protested…

Japan, India to cooperate on rare earth production

Japan has signed a memorandum of understanding with India to promote joint production of rare earth minerals, a move which will help reduce its reliance on China which controls most of the world’s supply. Under the memorandum signed Friday, the Japanese and Indian governments will support a joint project between…

Musicians blast bill to trim Pandora royalties

WASHINGTON — A group of 125 leading musicians is calling on the US Congress to kill a bill backed by online broadcaster Pandora that would slash royalties on Internet radio. The bill aims to equalize the royalty structure between Internet, cable and satellite radio. Pandora currently pays a higher percentage…

Petraeus tells Congress that Susan Rice was unaware of al-Qaida ties to Benghazi

David Petraeus, the former CIA director, told congressional hearings on Friday that he had always known a terrorist group had been involved in an attack in Benghazi that left the US ambassador and three other Americans dead. According to reports from members of Congress who attended the closed-door hearings, Petraeus…

U.S. gives ‘full backing’ to Israel while urging de-escalation of Gaza violence

The Israeli ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, says the US has given his government a free hand in its assault on Gaza as the Israeli cabinet ordered a large call up of military reserves, prompting fears of a ground invasion. The Palestinian delegation to Washington condemned the US response to…

Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley made several White House visits

WASHINGTON — Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley, the two women embroiled in the scandal that brought down CIA chief David Petraeus, visited the White House several times since 2009, a US official told AFP Friday. Broadwell, Petraeus’ biographer and former mistress, attended meetings on Afghanistan and Pakistan held at the…

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