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Massive dust storm engulfs Tokyo

A huge dust storm hit Tokyo Sunday, blanketing the city with brown dust that darkened the skies and rapidly transformed what had been a clear and sunny day. Visibility in the capital deteriorated quickly as dry dust particles whirled through the air. Meteorologists said the phenomenon was caused by a…

Debate flares over impact of social media on Arab Spring and other ‘revolutions’

How important were Twitter, Facebook and other social media in toppling regimes in the Arab Spring uprisings? Amid a fierce debate in academic circles, an upcoming book argues that social media and new technology made a key difference in successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt and helped foster grassroots movements…

Obama’s minimum wage pledge divides economists

President Barack Obama’s pledge to raise the minimum wage by 24 percent has divided economists and businesses who warn it could threaten recent improvements in jobless numbers. Obama has stated that his administration plans to increase the existing minimum hourly rate from $7.25 to $9, vowing to press ahead with…

Man arrested at Newark Airport with $300,000 of cocaine hidden in bags

NEWARK — A 33-year-old man was arrested earlier this month at Newark Liberty International Airport after customs and border patrol officers found $300,000 worth of cocaine hidden his luggage, authorities said today. Antonio Miguel Camara Jimenez, was arrested March 1 after police found the drugs…  …

Student attempts to be first openly gay climber to reach Seven Summits

Cason Crane is attempting to become the first openly gay person to scale the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on all seven continents. In this June 2012 photo, Crane holds holding one of his Rainbow Summits Project posters on top of Mt. Elbrus, Russia, the highest mountain in Europe. Photo…

‘World’s best restaurant’ vows to reimburse poisoned diners

The “world’s best restaurant” said Saturday it would reimburse dozens of diners who came down with a nasty case of food poisoning after savouring its delights. The two-Michelin-star Noma restaurant said it would alternatively offer them a free meal if they dared to return to the eatery in the Danish…

‘Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe’ Abu Qatada sent back to UK jail

Jordanian terror suspect Abu Qatada was on Saturday sent back to prison by a British judge, just two days before the government was due to make a fresh bid to deport him. The radical cleric, who has been dubbed Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, was found to have…

Indian festival draws record 120 million to wash away their sins

A record 120 million pilgrims washed away their sins with plunges in an Indian holy river during the world’s biggest religious festival set to end Sunday, officials said. The two-month-long Kumbh Mela Hindu festival celebrated every 12 years at the conjunction of two sacred rivers on the outskirts of the…

Indigenous protests in Panama turn violent

Police in Panama clashed with farmers and indigenous people for a second day Saturday over a planned dam that locals fear will wipe out their way of life. Demonstrators in the western town of Vigui threw up barricades with three trunks and branches, some on the Pan-American Highway, the main…

Study finds Vitamin B3 therapy fails to stop heart disease

A combination drug containing niacin failed to lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes and even proved harmful for some with vascular disease, a study released Saturday reported. Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, has for years been widely prescribed to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise levels of…

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