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U.S. on edge over Human Rights Council election

The United States has launched a last-minute scramble for votes to secure its spot on the UN Human Rights Council in an election Monday. US diplomats are said to be “nervous” as they compete with Germany, Greece, Ireland and Sweden for three seats among 18 on the panel to be…

British churchgoers tweet with vicar’s blessing

The pews at St Paul’s Church are full of worshippers but they’re not praying; instead they’re all logged onto Twitter and Facebook. “Today is a Twitter Sunday so it’s time to get your Twitter on,” intones Brian Champness, the children’s pastor of the Anglican church in the southwestern English seaside…

Top world economies ‘to struggle until 2014′

Leading world economies will struggle with weak growth until 2014 at least mainly because of strains in the European and US economies, credit agency Moody’s warned on Monday, cutting its outlook for next year. But growth in emerging economies is also likely to slow down, Moody’s said in an update…

‘Invisibility cloak’ effort reaches new landmark

A so-called ‘invisibility cloak’ succeeded in making a centimeter-scale cylinder perfectly invisible to microwaves — from one direction, reported the BBC. “It’s like the card people in Alice in Wonderland,” said Professor David Smith of Duke University, who co-authored the study published in Nature Materials. “If they turn on their…

Dozen feared dead in Myanmar earthquake

An earthquake that hit central Myanmar has left multiple people dead, reported Reuters. At least 12 may have died in the 6.8 magnitude earthquake, the Associated Press reported. The epicenter struck 37 miles north of Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city. President Obama will be the first U.S. leader to visit…

Long Island residents protest power outages

Long Island residents protested power outages on Nov. 10 outside the Long Island Power Authority, as 170,000 people in the area have no power, reported Reuters. One sign reads, “LIPA Please help us — we are cold!!!” Another woman holds up a sign that says in part, “Shame on LIPA.”…

Electric car’s future? Turn the frame into a battery

The size and weight of electric car batteries have long posed a problem for the feasibility of such automobiles, as they cause drag and distance issues. But some scientists are moving towards turning the car’s frame into one large battery. The plan, called the “Storage Project,” would replace steel in…

Major flood sweeps through Venice

Heavy rains that hit Italy this weekend rained down on Venice especially hard, flooding the famous canal city. It’s one of six major floods to hit Venice since 1872. About 70 percent of the city is covered in the flood. Tourists and residents had to wade through knee-deep water, and…

Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey in terror

Thousands of Kurds have fled Syrian army attacks on the strategic town of Ras al-Ain on the Turkish border, running for their lives after their homes were shelled and the corpses of fighters left strewn on the streets. With nothing but the clothes on their backs, grandparents, women and children…

Colorado marijuana push used old-fashioned politics to win

While it may be difficult for some to imagine a well-organized push to legalize marijuana, the Colorado movement to convince citizens of the state’s recently-passed ballot measure’s merits was much like any other politician campaign: comprised of canvassing, targeted outreach, phone banks, and advertisements, reported the Denver Post. Early reports…

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