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Pistorius to report to police for first time since posting bail

Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s sporting hero who has been charged with murder over the killing of his girlfriend, on Monday is due to report to a Pretoria police station for the first time as part of his bail terms. Pistorius is due to report to the Brooklyn police station in…

Putin signs law banning smoking in public places in Russia

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June, a cornerstone of the government’s bid to improve public health in the nicotine-addicted country, the Kremlin said Monday. The law makes smoking illegal in restaurants, cafes, hotels, trains and a host of other places…

Mobile phone industry predicts 4 billion subscribers by 2018

The $1.0-trillion (750-million-euro) global mobile industry predicted Monday a boom in subscribers to four billion people by 2018 as the world’s largest mobile fair opened in Barcelona, Spain. Already, 3.2 billion people pay for mobile services, nearly half of the world’s population, said a study by A. T Kearney and…

Ex-Vatican prosecutor: Cardinal cover-up suspects should get papal vote

Cardinals suspected of having protected predator priests should be allowed to take part in next month’s papal conclave, the Vatican’s former prosecutor on child sex abuse cases said Monday. Amid mounting criticism over the presence of such cardinals, notably Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, among the men who will choose…

Horses and cardinals: Bloggers dodge Italy poll ban

Italian bloggers have found imaginative ways to dodge a ban on publishing opinion polls ahead of elections — from referring to candidates as cardinals to commenting the vote like a horse race. Under Italian law, opinion polls can be carried out but their results cannot be released in the 15…

EPA finds higher-than-expected levels of toxic chemical in air and water near Superfund site

The Environmental Protection Agency says that an area larger than previously thought has been affected by the toxic chemical TCE at an underground Superfund site and has been “leeching into the air” in two specific spots, reported NBC Bay Area. The area, located in Moffet Field and Mountain View in…

Chris Hayes: American public wants to increase or maintain government spending despite rhetoric

Chris Hayes began his Sunday show by discussing a recent Pew Research poll that asked Americans whether they wanted to increase, decrease, or maintain funding levels for various government programs. While in the abstract Americans often advocate for cuts, when asked about specifics in a poll conducted between Feb. 13…

Pakistan hit by nationwide blackout

Pakistan was hit by a nationwide blackout for more than two hours after the breakdown of a major plant caused power stations to stop working across the country, officials said Monday. While power cuts are common in Pakistan due to chronic underinvestment in infrastructure, outages across the whole country are…

PETA angry over plan to control Guam’s snake population with toxic dead mice

As overpopulation threatens bird species, US government is planning to kill snakes by dropping poisoned mice from planes Animal activists have dismissed as “absurd” and “cruel” the American government’s plans to bombard Guam from the air with toxic dead mice in a bid to curtail the spread of invasive snakes.…

Brazil cardinal suggests church look to Latin America for new pope

Catholicism in Latin America is “lively and dynamic,” Brazilian Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis said Sunday, suggesting that the church look to Latin America for leadership. Damasceno is one of the the 117 “cardinal electors” that will participate in the upcoming conclave to elect a new pope. No favorite has to…

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