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KFC cuts Chinese suppliers after tainted chicken scare

Fast food giant KFC has cut more than 1,000 farms from its supplier network in China to ensure food safety after a scandal over tainted chicken hurt sales in the key market last year. The issue came to light when China’s commercial hub of Shanghai and the northern province of…

Two U.S. sailors admit to Okinawa rape charges

Two US sailors Tuesday admitted raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa last October, news reports said, in a case that generated huge anti-American anger on the strategically vital island. Skyler Dozierwalker, 23, and Christopher Browning, 24, attacked the woman in central Okinawa during a brief trip to the semi-tropical island…

Japanese whalers ram environmental activists’ ship in Antarctic waters

Japanese whalers and militant conservationists have been involved in dangerous clashes in icy waters off Antarctica, with both sides accusing the other of ramming their vessels. Veteran anti-whaling campaigner Paul Watson said the Japanese factory ship the Nisshin Maru rammed the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s much smaller vessel the Bob…

Controversy erupts over where Richard III’s recently discovered bones will be buried

Justice minister Thomas McNally said parliament should not intervene in the row over where the recently uncovered remains of Richard III will be buried. In a letter issued the day after descendants of the monarch called for the remains to be interred in York, McNally said the decision was to…

New study finds physical mechanism linking extreme weather to climate change

Scientists said Monday they have identified a physical mechanism behind the extreme weather that has plagued many parts of the world in recent years — and that it is tied to climate change. Since 2010, for example, the United States and Russia have each suffered scorching heat waves, while Pakistan…

Mediterranean diet cuts risk of heart attack and stroke: study

Following a Mediterranean diet rich in either extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduces the risk of people at risk of a heart attack or stroke suffering either event or dying of a heart condition by 30%, new research reveals. The findings, published online by the New England Journal of Medicine,…

Republicans to meet with Obama on immigration plan

US President Barack Obama will hold talks Tuesday with Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two Republicans who have joined Democrats in proposing a plan for comprehensive immigration reform. The White House confirmed the talks were on the schedule but did not provide further details, while McCain said he expected…

Australian foreign minister: Extradition of Julian Assange to U.S. a ‘sheer fantasy’

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has dismissed as “fantasy” claims by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that Sweden’s case against him is a conspiracy to have him extradited to the United States. Assange has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in Britain for eight months as he seeks to avoid extradition…

Sierra Club slams New Jersey plans for MTV-funded sea wall

Environmental group slams Seaside Heights' plans for MTV-funded sea wall SEASIDE HEIGHTS — So Seaside Heights wants to build a seawall using funds raised by Snooki and the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore”? Talk about a “Jersey joke,” a New Jersey Sierra Club official said today. Jeff Tittel, director of…

Amid mounting pressures, some see potential for new Palestinian uprising

Amid mounting pressures, some see potential for new Palestinian uprising Less than a month before President Obama is to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah, raising hopes he will help bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the peace table, some see the West Bank heading in a very different direction. Many Palestinians…

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