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Egyptian court orders YouTube block over ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film

A court in Egypt on Saturday ordered that video-sharing website YouTube be blocked for a month for hosting an anti-Islam film that triggered deadly outrage across the Muslim world last year. The court ruled the authorities must take measures to block access to the site for a month, after a…

Former Girl Scout Ellen Degeneres slams Boy Scouts’ inaction on anti-gay policy

On Friday, talk show host Ellen Degeneres took aim at the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on LGBT members and leaders. Degeneres, a former Girl Scout, took exception to the fact that the BSA punted on the issue this week rather than striking down the ban against LGBTs in scouting.…

75-year-old soybean farmer sees Monsanto lawsuit reach U.S. Supreme Court

Who controls the rights to the seeds planted in the ground? A 75-year-old farmer takes the agricultural giant to court to find out As David versus Goliath battles go it is hard to imagine a more uneven fight than the one about to play out in front of the US…

Nemo storm dumps up to two feet of snow on New England, as Northeast digs out

The northeastern United States began digging out Saturday in the wake of a fierce blizzard that left at least two dead, half a million customers without power, and air, road and rail links paralyzed. The storm dumped between one and two feet of snow across New England, with hurricane-strength wind…

Protests erupt after India hangs Kashmiri separatist convicted of attacking parliament

A Kashmiri separatist convicted of involvement in a deadly 2001 attack on the Indian parliament was executed on Saturday in New Delhi — triggering protests on both sides of the border in disputed Kashmir. Hundreds of demonstrators rallied near the family home of Mohammed Afzal Guru in northern Indian Kashmir…

Europeans learn they may have been eating ‘horsemeat lasagne’ for the last seven months

French frozen food supplier Comigel told the Findus brand that “the contamination” of processed beef products with horsemeat could date back to August 2012, Findus said in a statement Saturday. “Findus want to be absolutely explicit that they were not aware of any issue of contamination with horsemeat last year,”…

7.0 magnitude earthquake in Colombia felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador

A 7.0 magnitude quake shook southern Colombia Saturday and was felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador, authorities said. The quake, occurring at a depth of 129 kilometers (80 miles) at 1416 GMT, was located 11 kilometers (7 miles) southwest of Pasto, Colombia, a city of 400,000 people at the…

Obama administration wants to put Algerian militant on secret ‘kill’ list: Wall Street Journal

Senior members of President Barack Obama’s administration want to put the mastermind of last month’s attack on an Algerian natural-gas facility on a secret “kill” list, The Wall Street Journal reported. Adding Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar to a US list for targeted killing would entail a significant US military expansion…

‘Shackleton’ expedition stranded by wild weather

Two adventurers attempting to recreate an epic 1916 Antarctic expedition by Ernest Shackleton were Saturday stranded on a plateau above a glacier after wild weather hit the final leg of their journey. British-Australian expedition leader Tim Jarvis and mountaineer Barry Gray were stuck at Shackleton’s Gap, but had assured their…

Year of Snake sees serpent sales soar in Hong Kong

As Hong Kong prepares to usher in the Year of the Snake, an increasing number of the reptiles are slithering their way into local households, with sales of the uncuddly pet rocketing. Keeping snakes has become increasingly popular in the densely-populated city in recent years as animal lovers seek out…

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