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Japan fails to overturn shark-protection deal

Japan and other pro-shark fishing nations lost a bid to overturn a landmark deal to offer international trade protection for several species of the ocean’s oldest predator. The decision to restrict exports in the oceanic whitetip shark, the porbeagle, three types of hammerheads and the manta ray won final approval…

British food banks brace for new influx of poor

As the first visitors arrive at St. Luke’s church in south London, pushing empty shopping trolleys and carrying plastic bags, it is clear they haven’t come to worship. Twice a week, this place functions as a food bank serving up physical rather than spiritual sustenance to the increasing numbers of…

Over quarter of South African schoolgirls HIV positive: minister

As many as 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive, according to figures from the country’s health minister reported by local media on Thursday. Unveiling statistics that minister Aaron Motsoaledi admitted “destroyed my soul,” he added that four percent of schoolboys have the virus. “It is clear that…

Hamas promises amnesty to Palestinian collaborators spying for Israel

Islamist group says any informers who hand themselves in to authorities by 11 April will not be interrogated or imprisoned Hamas has launched a campaign to convince Palestinians who collaborate with Israel to turn themselves in, offering promises of impunity and financial rewards. The Islamist group claims to have obtained…

Private surveillance companies flock to Arizona’s annual Border Security Expo for their slice of multi-billion dollar industry

From a distance, it looked like Wyatt Nease was using a handset to operate a remote control car. However, the small wheeled vehicle zipping across the carpet was not a child’s toy but the very adult Pointman Tactical Robot. “Swat teams absolutely love it,” said Nease, an unmanned systems specialist…

Court hears account of alleged attack at Steubenville rape trial

Two high school football players accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting 16-year-old while she was intoxicated Two high school football players subjected a 16-year-old girl to a rape attack that amounted to “degradation and humiliation” while she was too drunk to repel them, a court heard on Wednesday. In a case…

Budget bill to avoid government shutdown includes ATF prohibition from using data to analyze gun crimes

Several pro-gun measures have found their way into a Senate bill meant to prevent the federal government from shutting down, according to an Associated Press report on Wednesday. The provisions include one that would prevent the reclassification of antique guns, which are often easier to sell between individuals. Two other…

Questions remain over Pope Francis’ role during Argentina’s dictatorship

Jorge Bergoglio was head of the Jesuit order in the 1970s when the church backed military government and called for patriotism Despite the joyful celebrations outside the Municipal Cathedral in Buenos Aires yesterday, the news of Latin America’s first pope was clouded by lingering concerns about the role of the…

Mystery man behind ’47 percent’ video revealed

The curtain has been lifted. The man who secretly filmed then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney telling a private audience that “47 percent” of voters would vote for President Obama “no matter what,” outed himself Wednesday night during an hour-long segment on “The Ed Show.” Scott Prouty, a bartender who was working…

Pastor politely asks KKK to postpone rally

A pastor in Memphis, Tenn., is hoping the Ku Klux Klan would at least wait until after Easter before marching down the street. According to 14 News, the KKK has plans for an Easter Day rally through a city with one of the largest black populations in the country. And…

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